At Calvary, you will not find “perfect people”, but people who are being perfected as we grow in our knowledge of, and relationship with, Christ.
We recognize that church is not a place to GO TO, but a people to be SENT FROM as we engage and encourage our community with the love of Christ and intentionally seek to help others experience the matchless grace that has given us hope, joy, and purpose in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our LeadershiP STAFF
Walt Magaha, Pastor
Walt is husband to Tori and father to Tripp and Zoey.
He has served The Lord at Calvary since July 15, 2019.
As pastor, It is his joy to preach and teach God’s Word (1 Timothy 5:17; 2 Timothy 4:2), train up others to do the same (2 Timothy 2:2), equip and mobilize the church to do the works of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12), provide spiritual protection from error in doctrine or practice (Titus 1:9), and to lead and oversee the life and ministries of our church family (1 Peter 5:2). He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Public Relations from University of West Florida and a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Currently, he’s pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained in August 2014 at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL.
Walt was a contributor to the book, Pensacola’s West-side Story: A Call to the Church to Unite around the Gospel by Ron Lentine.
These are some of his favorite Bible verses:
John 17:3 - “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. ”
Proverbs 3:5-8 - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
Philippians 4:6-7 - “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 4:2 - “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”
Jonathan De Jesus,
Worship Leader/Minister of Music
Jonathan is husband to Karla and father to Michelle and John.
He has served the Lord at Calvary Baptist Church since October 2019.
As the Worship Leader/Music Minister, Jonathan believes that every day is a new day to worship our Lord with joy and gladness. (Psalms 118:24) “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 100:2-3) “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His;”
Jonathan is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Worship Ministry/Worship Arts from the Baptist College of Florida.
Jonathan has been a part of the Pensacola’s West side movement alongside Pastor Ron Lentine and Pastor Walt Magaha.
Some of Jonathan’s favorite bible verses are:
(John 4:23-24). “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth”
(Psalm 95:1-6) “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land”
(Psalm 150:1-6) “Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
Zane Lowe, Youth Minister
Zane has served at Calvary since February 18th, 2020.
As youth minister, he loves spending time with teenagers, being involved in their lives, and help prepare them alongside their parents for the things ahead of them (Proverbs 22:6). He also enjoys teaching and helping them apply the principles to their everyday lives.
Zane has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of West Florida. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Discipleship from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has previously served at First Baptist Church of Milton, FL and Olive Baptist Church. He also currently works at King Middle School in Milton, FL.
These are a few of his favorite verses:
Matthew 6:34- “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
1 Corinthians 15:12-15- “Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is in vain, and so is your faith.”
Lamentations 3:22-23- “Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!”
John 15:13- “No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.”
Patrick & Liz Nims, Children's/Preschool Directors
Patrick and Liz have been members of Calvary Baptist Church since 2006.
Patrick has been serving as the Director of Children’s Ministry since January 2019. Liz has been serving as the Director of Preschool Ministries since 2009. Before taking on these roles Patrick served in the A/V booth for a number of years. He also served as a LIFE Group leader with Liz in the nursery area. They believe in serving as a team and began doing so in January 2019 when Patrick answered the call to walk away from what he was comfortable with to become the Director of Children’s Ministry. They have a heart for children and seeing children come to know Jesus as their Savior. God placed this ministry on their heart long before they had children of their own. Liz and Patrick now have two sons: Matthew and Christopher.
Mandy is married to Matt
who is a retired Navy Chief.
They have 3 kids together. Their oldest son is currently serving in the US navy. Their daughter is in her first year of college and their youngest son just started his sophomore year of high school.
Mandy has served as the Administrative Assistant at Calvary since December, 2019. She also serves at her church as a member of the worship team and helps with the student ministry.
Some of her favorite Bible verses are:
Jeremiah 29:11-13 - “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Colossians 1:10 - So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
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