Leading our community of believers under the authority of the True Shepherd, Jesus Christ
Kempiz grew up attending Christian churches from an early age. Though externally, he sought to be as “moral” and socially “good” as possible, internally he was full of hatred, bitterness, and resentment toward God because of the death of his mother as a child.
However, shortly after his senior year of high school, the Lord, by His grace, broke him and saved him. In an amazing and loving way, God helped him to see that he was created to glorify God, and that the events of his life were ultimately for God’s glory and his good.
Not only did God save him, but shortly thereafter, God blessed Kempiz with his beautiful wife and best friend, Andrea. They were married on August 28, 1999. The Lord has granted them 5 beautiful children – Ezra, Joziah, Tytus, Demaris, and Chloe. His family enjoys family “beach days” and good gelato ice cream. By the grace of God, Kempiz received his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries from The Master’s College, and his Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary. Kempiz began attending Calvary in 2009, initially serving in various capacities as Pastor of Discipleship and Equipping, before transitioning to his current role as Pastor-Teacher.
Pastor of Missions & Discipleship
It was late in his sophomore year at UCLA when the Lord graciously pursued Tim. A fellow engineering student who had recently become a Christian invited him to an on-campus Bible Study that was an outreach of Grace Community Church in Panorama City, CA. During that summer of 1986, Tim began reading the book of I John, which the Lord used to convict him of his need for a Savior. While waiting on a street corner in Santa Monica in October of 1986, Tim knew he was destined for hell and genuinely repented and believed, trusting in Christ’s work on the cross alone for his salvation.
Tim married his bride, Tina, in December of 1989 and since then the Lord has blessed them with five children. Tim graduated from UCLA with a degree in Electrical Engineering. While working as an engineer and serving in the leadership of the local church in Idaho, Tim began to strongly desire to enter the ministry full time and be better equipped to teach and preach the Word of God. Tim completed the Master of Divinity degree program at the end of 2006 at The Master’s Seminary, and the Doctorate of Ministry degree in 2018, in order to be better equipped for training pastors. Tim has been on staff at Calvary since January 2006.
Pastor of Children's Ministries
It was while he was in high school that Brock first learned about his need of Jesus Christ. Through a ministry called Sonburst he heard the gospel and made an initial profession of faith. This profession might be likened to the seed that fell on the rocky ground and sprung up quickly but when the sun had risen, it became withered because it had no depth to its roots (Mark 4:5-6). It wasn’t until shortly after graduating from college that Brock entered into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ (January 1989). By the grace of God, Brock was rescued from the pit of despair and his life has never been the same since. He immediately began reading the Bible and got involved in a small group. Since that time, Brock has worked in a variety of ministries and is currently the Children's Pastor at Calvary.
Brock lives in Burbank with his wife (Cristina) and three children (Jordan, Abby, and Joel). He has a Bachelor's degree in Communications with a Minor in Business from the University of Southern California and a Master of Divinity degree from the Master’s Seminary. Brock loves working with children and their parents and feels truly blessed to be a part of what the Lord is doing at Calvary.
Pastor of Youth & College Ministries
Alex grew up in a Christ-exalting home with parents who taught the Word faithfully. Although he had the opportunity to attend church and participate in mission trips from an early age, the Lord convicted Alex of the true cost of following Christ in early high school (Mark 8:34-35). He first began to pray about full-time ministry during college, and God graciously used a season of ministry in inner-city San Francisco to draw Alex to pursue pastoral service.
Alex graduated with Bachelor degrees in Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He also graduated with a Master’s of Divinity degree from The Master’s Seminary. By the Lord’s grace, Alex received the privilege of serving Calvary’s rising generation as Youth Pastor in 2018.
Greg grew up locally here in the Burbank area. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in elementary school, where he continued to grow in his walk and desire to serve Him. Though his initial desire was to become a chiropractor after high school, the Lord led him to a career as a public servant, where he served locally in both the police and fire services for 36 years. Greg married his wife, Sheryl, in 1981. They have four children, who are all married, walking with the Lord and blessing them with many grandchildren.
They came to Calvary Bible Church in 1985, and shortly thereafter Greg began serving as an usher. Since that time, he has served in the Children’s, Youth and Young Married’s Ministries. Greg has served on the Elder Team over various periods of time since 1993, and currently serves as an usher and a leader of the Crossroads Fellowship.
Lew began attending Calvary in 1977, a year before he and his wife, Teri were married. He graduated from Cal State Northridge and entered the fields of teaching and coaching. He became a believer in 1978, joining the church after being baptized in October, 1978. They immediately got involved at CBC, serving the Lord in various capacities.
In 1981, Lew joined the Burbank Fire Department, embarking on a 30-year career in the fire service. He also, during this time, earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Though now retired, Lew continues his elected role with the California Professional Firefighters.
For over 25 years, Lew and his wife, Teri led a variety of young married fellowship groups while raising their three daughters. In 1988, Lew was selected to serve as an elder. He has been serving as Calvary’s Treasurer since 2011. Lew is currently involved in Calvary’s biblical counseling ministry in addition to his responsibilities as an elder. The Stone’s have three married daughters and have been blessed with six grandchildren.
He came to Calvary Bible Church in 1994 after graduating from college the previous year. Calvary has been his church home since, as he and his wife, Laurena, were married here in 1997 and have raised their five children here.
Although being heavily involved in his parents' church as a child and with InterVarsity while in college, God showed him his need for salvation while going to a Biblical Parenting class at Calvary in 2002. Soon after being saved, he had a desire to study the Bible and to be more involved at church. He joined the choir in 2005, being involved in that ministry for 12 years. In 2010, he began teaching an adult Sunday School class, Common Ground, and is currently teaching through Romans. He and Laurena started working with the College / Career / Young Adult (please pick the appropriate name) group in 2016, and in 2018 he began serving as an elder. He is grateful for salvation, and desires to serve in whatever way God would have him serve.
He has a degree in geochemistry, but he has instead been working with computers for 20 years. He currently provides computer support at Caltech.