Senior Pastor Gary Johnson
More than thirty years ago, CCH began as a home Bible study. There were no plans, aspirations or schemes to be anything more than that. As the Bible study began to grow, it became obvious that God had another purpose in mind. After discussing matters with my pastor, Chuck Smith, and spending hours in prayer; I was encouraged to begin a “pioneer work,” developing a new church plant in the valley. Following Pastor Chuck’s vision for Calvary Chapels and style, we developed a contemporary approach without compromising the Word of God. To this day we have a fashionable style of worship and an expository style of teaching, indicative of Calvary Chapels around the world.
Assistant Pastor Eric Miller
When I was born again in the spring of 1984 I immediately jumped into various roles of ministry such as Rodeo Ministry, Prison Ministry and serving as worship leader in my church at Calvary Chapel Hanford as well as playing bluegrass Christian music in a group called, "The Good News Ramblers" (we were never famous but our friends liked our music!) My job as a truck driver during those years afforded me the time to sit under great Bible teaching over the radio (my seminary training took place behind the wheel of a truck!)
My wife Tonya and kids Kalli, Mallory and Miles and I moved to Idyllwild as I was offered a position by my company to run one of their businesses there. After four years in Idyllwild and a total of 12 years in the propane business I was offered ordination and a staff position by my pastor Gary Johnson. Through much prayer we decided that that was where God was leading.
I served here at CCH for about four years and went to be senior pastor at Calvary Chapel of the Sierra for a period of about seven years until God raised up an outstanding and very capable young man to take over there at just the right time for us to come back and serve once again in Hemet but this time with a new addition to our family, Joshua. We loved the fellowship in North Fork and do miss them but it's great to be back!
Assistant Pastor Paul Krager
I was raised in a Christian family and have been in church all my life. My father was a Southern Baptist preacher who was more like a missionary pastor to small churches in the NE Oklahoma area. He would preach at a little country church and some times his pay might be a chicken as the little church did not have money. I was born again in 1951 and have wanted to serve the Lord all my life. Maybe my father's example showed seed in my heart that being a pastor or serving God in any capacity was never about money; it was about serving God, doing what He wants me to be doing.
God called me into the ministry in 1964. For years I filled in for several churches in Kansas when they were without a pastor. In the 70's I pastored a Southern Baptist Church and a non denominational church. In the 80's I was self employed doing landscaping and building swimming pools and involved in home Bible Studies.
My college education was acquired at Grand Canyon College in Phoenix AZ in 1968-70 and many years later I was blessed to go to and graduate from Calvary Chapel Bible College in 1992-93 when it was in Twin Peaks.
For 14 years I pastored Calvary Chapel Green Country in Owasso OK, a suburb of Tulsa. In 2009, by a move that only God could orchestrate, we came to Hemet where I am an assistant pastor. One of my greatest blessings at CCH is leading the Bible Study as pastor of the 50+ every Thursday morning, something my wife and I both love and enjoy doing.
My wife, Judy, and I have been married for 50 years. We have three sons and one daughter who have enriched our lives with 17 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.