At Calvary Community Church, we have 5 full time pastoral staff.
Pastor OJ Zerbin
Pastor OJ Zerbin is the lead pastor at Calvary Community Church, and he heads up the Senior Team. OJ’s philosophy on ministry is that it first begins with your personal relationship with God and then has to be put into practice at home in your family. Pastor OJ can be reached by email by clicking here or get a hold of him through his office extension, 381.
He sees his six children, one son-in law, and two daugher-in laws as a wonderful blessing from the Lord. They have been blessed with two granddaughters and one grandson thus far and are looking forward to many more grandchildren in the future. He is blessed to see all of his children actively serving the Lord. His passion for his family and for the congregation is that each one would grow into the full potential that God has for them.
He grew up on a farm outside of Edmonton where he developed a strong work ethic which he carries with him in how he approaches ministry. After studying Administrative Management at NAIT he joined the Edmonton Police Service in his early 20′s. It is at that time he started attending Calvary and began wooing his wife Barb. They married and began having children a few years later. After serving 12 yrs in various roles in the police service he transitioned into business. He pioneered several businesses as well as working in the corporate setting in marketing management. His combination of policing and business experience have given him a unique combination of insights and skill sets to effectively connect with the different demographic groups in society. He is equally comfortable serving in a downtown mission or presenting to a group of corporate executives.
While being involved at Calvary since the late 70′s serving in various volunteer roles he completed his theological studies. He served on the pastoral team parttime for a number of years before he joined the pastoral staff full time in 2001.
O.J. desires to lead the church deeper in prayer and personal application of biblical principles resulting in transformation both of our own lives and our community. He believes that the local church when it is functioning as Christ has intended it to function, is the greatest place on earth and the practical hope for a broken and hurting society. That is why he serves in the local church and desires that Calvary be a safe place for you to both heal and grow in an authentic way.
Around the office OJ can be found laughing and making jokes, besides this he leads the pastoral team and provides vision and direction to the daily operation of the church. Preaching and teaching on Sundays, as well as the many ministry responsibilities and meetings with various people from the community and church during the week keep him on his toes.
Pastor Bev. Sesink
Serving at Calvary for over 18 years, Bev oversees and partners with staff/volunteers in a number of church and community ministries which provide pastoral care (care to the spirit, soul, and body). This includes Life Communities (small groups), Freedom Session: Inner Healing ministry, Benevolent Fund (which provides limited financial assistance), Care Cupboard & Care Closet (which provides good quality clothing and food hampers), our Women’s Care ministry (individual and couple counseling), Feed My Sheep meal program, our Sunday Fellowship Ministry, Ushers and Greeting ministry, etcetera. In addition to this, he is part of Calvary’s three person Senior Pastoral Team which oversees the day to day running of our church ministry. You can email him by clicking here get a hold of him through his office extension, 388.
Individually, and with his wife Mandy, he ministers to individuals, and couples, experiencing serious personal and relationship challenges. Mandy works as a Parent Educator in the Parents as Teacher program of the Family Futures Resource Centre. This involves supporting parents in their parenting journey. She also ministers in prayer care and counseling to people working through a variety of life challenges. She is knowledgeable and experienced in the area of trauma and recovery.
Pastor Paul Eisentrager
Pastor Paul Eisentrager is Pastor of Church Ministries and part of the Senior Team. Paul, Calvary’s Pastor of Church Ministries, is married to Dawn. They have two adult children, Paul and Mindy, and 4 wonderful Grandchildren. He’s also the Executive Director of the Millwoods Christian School Society. You can email him by clicking here get a hold of him through his office extension, 386.
Born in New York State in 1944, he moved to the state of Washington at age 4 where his Father Pastored in Tumwater Washington. Upon graduation from High School he went to Bible School in California where he majored in Bible and Music. There he met his wife Dawn. They were married in 1969, and spent their first year of marriage in South Korea, where Paul served as a Military Policemen in the U. S. Army. (The last of the draft in the U. S.).
Paul’s first staff position was Music and Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church in San Bernardino, California. From there He moved his family to Macon, Georgia to serve as full time school teacher and part-time Music Pastor. After 5 years, he was led to move to the beautiful city of Edmonton. For sixteen years Paul served as the Minister of Music at Calvary Community Church and taught Music and Bible in Millwoods Christian School. In 1996 they moved to Bellingham, Washington where he Pastored Good Shepherd Community Church. He’s Back!
In 2007 Paul and Dawn moved back to Edmonton being offered a job at Calvary as the Pastor of Church Ministries. He now serves as Chairman of the Millwoods Christian School Society, and is the liason between the School and the Church. He also oversees the office staff, is part of the Senior Pastoral Team and is responsible for the music in the first gathering.
What he does in his spare time
Paul enjoys sipping Diet Pepsi, eating Mexican food, listening to Southern Gospel Music, and spending lots of time with his grandchildren. He also takes pleasure in travelling and relaxing in his 5th wheel with his incredible wife, Dawn. At this point he has no plans for retirement as he is enjoying his second term at Calvary so much.
Pastor Robin Abrol
Pastor Robin Abrol is in charge of worship and technology. He might be found mentoring future leaders, practicing music with a team, training someone how to use the projection system or working on our IT network or even preaching on a Sunday morning. You can email him by clicking here or get a hold of him through his office extension, 395.
The Abrols moved to Edmonton in 2005 from the United Kingdom to serve in leadership here at CCC. Previously Robin was working at St. Thomas Church of England in Lancaster as the Director of Music. Before that Robin taught Ethical and Religious Studies as a High School teacher.
Robin originally hails from the Emerald Isle of Ireland, having lived there until he was 18. While growing up there he learned to play many different instruments, including the Tin Whistle (otherwise known as the Irish flute).
Robin & Emma enjoy being with their kids and exploring new places. In addition to having lived in 3 different Countries, the Abrols like to travel. They have visited many European countries, and parts of Africa and India. Emma is very artistic and is into holistic living. She enjoys encouraging people to choose lifestyles that are healthy for mind, body and soul. Robin likes technology, music and flying planes! He is also very passionate about curry. If you can’t find him around the office, look up, or check in one of the local Indian restaurants!
In recent years Robin & Emma have developed a strong passion for helping people reach their full potential. By studying where brain science and the Bible intersect, they are discovering what it means to be transformed by the renewing of the mind (see Romans 12:2). They have uncovered links between how we think, God's will in our lives, and how to step out into the dreams God has for you. For more information on the exciting things they are learning, you can visit their project called Art of Thriving.
Pastor Timothy Sesink
Pastor Timothy Sesink is our Youth & Young Adults Pastor. He spent his high school years at Calvary Community Church and is excited to be serving in this role. You can email him by clicking here or get a hold of him through his office extension, 387.
He took his 4 years of pastoral training through Prairie Bible College in Three Hills, and after that married his high school sweetheart. God then took them to Saskatchewan where Tim served as an Associate Pastor with the majority of his work focused on youth both in the church and in the community. In 2008 Tim took the position of Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at CCC and has loved every minute of it! If he’s onsite you can usually find him in our commercial kitchen eating food.
What he does in our community and church
Tim heads up the Youth department and oversees the Young Adult ministry. He passion is outreach, particularly using sports and the great outdoors to reach and teach young people for and about Jesus Christ. He also uses the HEROES program to reach into local Jr. Higher’s and currently teaches 4 classes. For more information on the activities of the Youth and Young Adult ministries please take a visit over to those parts of the site.
What he does in his spare time
Tim is very active in the outdoor pursuits and currently X-country ski’s, hunts, ice fishes along with just the regular kind, and mountain bikes extensively. He can often be found in the woods with a few students in tow showing them God’s wonderful creations. Tim also loves reading history books, discussing politics, being with his wonderful wife – and don’t tell anyone, but he collects antique tea cups from the turn of the century (his favourite being Anysley)!