Samuel Wilson

I accepted Jesus when I was 5 years old at Calvary Church on the Rock in Richland, WA. Throughout my life, God has continually made clear His calling. I began serving in church when I was 15 years old; serving as a greeter, on the adult worship team, in children’s ministry and as worship leader for my high school youth group. I realized at that point, God had a calling on my life to serve Him.

Throughout college I remained involved adult worship teams, worked with worship bands within the community and served within my church’s youth ministry. After college, I began working part-time as a worship leader, a month later I met my wife Kathy. As time went on, the part-time position transitioned into a full time position as worship and youth pastor. Throughout those five years, I began to realize the magnitude of God’s calling and that He was calling me to even more.

In the fall of 2013, I sat down with Pastor Rich Jones and we began to discuss what God had put on his heart, a new church campus in Beaverton.

It was perfect timing with what God was doing in my heart. We began talking and praying about this new Calvary Chapel campus in Beaverton, OR. It was clear to Kathy and me that God was leading us to step into this wonderful opportunity.

This story, our story, is still in the making! I am excited about what is in store for Calvary Beaverton and look forward with great anticipation to the impact this ministry will make in the city of Beaverton and the greater Portland area. I also look forward to remaining a part of God’s story for years to come.

Jesus says in Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

This is one of the scriptures that drive’s my life. I look forward to meeting you soon!

God called me to Him when I was a young child. I felt what could only have been the hand of God tugging at my heart, and kneeling down I asked Jesus to be my Lord and to take charge of my life. From that point on the Lord raised me up. He grew and stretched me, always encouraging and strengthening my soul.

In high school I started serving on my youth worship team and loved praising Jesus! Then I went off to college and for three years studied Theatre at Florida State University. At the end of my third year God provided the opportunity for me to come and work with the youth at Calvary Chapel Worship Center. What He did next absolutely blew me away!

Over the course of that summer my heart grew for the students of the youth group. It was becoming more and more clear to me that God was calling me to continue in this work; but I had school, I had commitments, I had parents to persuade! It was all too big to handle, but our God is bigger! He made a clear path for me! He gave an opportunity to finish school remotely, freedom and support in the change, great encouragement from my family, and so much more! God made a way; He worked it for good!

I accepted the Lord when I was eleven years old in a Southern Baptist Church. If I recall correctly it was during the 47th verse of “Just as I Am.” And it changed me. I started reading my Bible on the bus and talking to people about the Lord. Soon after I began feeling that I should become a pastor, but I dismissed it, thinking that surely everyone felt the same way. There were certainly many challenges growing up and I was far from perfect, but those were also days when I was growing in faith. During this time I played guitar and led worship in my small country church, and realized that this opportunity to lead and be useful to the Lord made a great impact on me.

After high school, I went to Oregon State University and majored in Business Management. After college I held various management positions in the restaurant business. I was single and living alone at the time and the Lord began to move in my life in a wonderful way. I started reading through my Bible like I had never done before, chapter by chapter, book by book. I also spent many hours worshiping alone on the piano. I began to have a sincere desire to be in ministry, first, by starting a Christian band and then feeling a strong call to become a pastor and to teach God’s Word.

I met my wife, Jordi, in the first Christian band I started and soon discovered that she had a desire to be married to a pastor. We have now been married 32 years. We have three daughters born naturally and two sons adopted from Russia. We are blessed with three beautiful grandchildren. We recently adopted our granddaughter after her mother was tragically killed in 2014.

I studied at Multnomah Bible College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology in 1990. I also studied at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and was youth leader for four years during the late 80’s.

In 1990 we began a Bible study in our home, which was the beginning of Calvary Chapel Worship Center. The church has been such an incredible blessing to our lives as the Lord has brought pastors, leaders, elders, and servant-leaders who have served in so many ministries. It has been such a joy to lead a church where there is unity in the Spirit, as well as a hunger and thirst for God’s Word.

I accepted Jesus when I was 5 years old at Calvary Church on the Rock in Richland, WA. Throughout my life, God has continually made clear His calling. I began serving in church when I was 15 years old; serving as a greeter, on the adult worship team, in children’s ministry and as worship leader for my high school youth group. I realized at that point, God had a calling on my life to serve Him.

Throughout college I remained involved adult worship teams, worked with worship bands within the community and served within my church’s youth ministry. After college, I began working part-time as a worship leader, a month later I met my wife Kathy. As time went on, the part-time position transitioned into a full time position as worship and youth pastor. Throughout those five years, I began to realize the magnitude of God’s calling and that He was calling me to even more.

In the fall of 2013, I sat down with Pastor Rich Jones and we began to discuss what God had put on his heart, a new church campus in Beaverton.

It was perfect timing with what God was doing in my heart. We began talking and praying about this new Calvary Chapel campus in Beaverton, OR. It was clear to Kathy and me that God was leading us to step into this wonderful opportunity.

This story, our story, is still in the making! I am excited about what is in store for Calvary Beaverton and look forward with great anticipation to the impact this ministry will make in the city of Beaverton and the greater Portland area. I also look forward to remaining a part of God’s story for years to come.

Jesus says in Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

This is one of the scriptures that drive’s my life. I look forward to meeting you soon!

God called me to Him when I was a young child. I felt what could only have been the hand of God tugging at my heart, and kneeling down I asked Jesus to be my Lord and to take charge of my life. From that point on the Lord raised me up. He grew and stretched me, always encouraging and strengthening my soul.

In high school I started serving on my youth worship team and loved praising Jesus! Then I went off to college and for three years studied Theatre at Florida State University. At the end of my third year God provided the opportunity for me to come and work with the youth at Calvary Chapel Worship Center. What He did next absolutely blew me away!

Over the course of that summer my heart grew for the students of the youth group. It was becoming more and more clear to me that God was calling me to continue in this work; but I had school, I had commitments, I had parents to persuade! It was all too big to handle, but our God is bigger! He made a clear path for me! He gave an opportunity to finish school remotely, freedom and support in the change, great encouragement from my family, and so much more! God made a way; He worked it for good!