Middle School Ministry

Middle School Ministry

Grade 6 – 8


Teaching Students to Pursue Relationship with Jesus, Set Apart Living, and Active Love. We provide a worship service weekly on Sundays and Fridays where we teach the Bible verse by verse and lead our students in singing praises to God. On Friday Nights we have a great time that includes big group games, occasionally enjoying some Pizza, and getting students into small groups where they can encourage one another in the Christian life. We also offer a variety of camps, training programs, and hangout times for students to learn to enjoy one another in God honoring relationships. Come out and bring a friend.

Sunday Preview

Come up stairs between 8:45 – 9 :15 or 10:45 – 11:15 and you will be greeted by one of our Leaders. Come early enough to play some Uno, Ping Pong, Foosball or any one of our many board games. We start service at 11:15 with a time of worship. We teach the Bible verse by verse until 12:15 and then finish our time together with more fellowship time. Students are welcome to stay afterwards and hang out with the leaders or head down to the Grille for Lunch together. Be sure to bring your Bible and be ready to learn from God’s word.

Friday Preview

Doors open at 6:00 and we start our service with worship at 6:45. From there we teach verse by verse or topically until about 7:45. We then plan something to encourage students to open up either with a Leader or with one another. This could include some Small Group Discussion, a time of Question and Answers with the leaders, or a fun game designed to share personal info about one another. We usually finish up service around 8:30. We then hang out until around 9:00 just having fun. Plan on running, sweating, laughing, learning the Bible, and connecting with God as well as other Middle Schoolers who are living for Jesus.

Meet the Team

Pastor Jorge Butts

Pastor Jorge Butts

Jorge moved out to the West Coast a few years ago to open the Grille at Calvary Monterey. He and his wife Lauren worked there for a couple of years and in that time the Lord opened Jorge’s heart and a few doors for him to start doing Pastoral Ministry. He now leads our Middle School and High School ministries as well as the Just4Kids Foster Care Ministry. He is father to 2 amazing children. His life verse is Ephesians 3:20-21. Connect with him if your a Middle or High parent or student or if you would like to get involved in any of the 3 ministries he oversees. He is also available for prayer and counseling.

Daniel Chon

Daniel Chon

I didn’t grow up knowing God. My father, being a scientist, thought that everything had a reason and a purpose. He taught me to look at the reasons and explore possibilities before following blindly. I had many friends who believed but couldn’t really answer my questions. They would tell me that Christianity was a “perfect” religion, which made no sense to me. To which I mocked and ridiculed believers in my ignorance. In college, I was met by two strangers who invited me to bible study to find some answers. There I found that I was asking the wrong questions. That it wasn’t about a perfect religion but a perfect God, who loved imperfect people so much He was willing to sacrifice His own son to prove it to me and the rest of the world. That the reasons for why I should have faith in Christ were numerous and the possibilities of what it would do in my life were endless. So, in the summer of 1994, I gave my life to Christ.

Family Life: Married with two children

Hobbies: Love to read and draw comics, movies and music

Bible Verse: Philippians 4:4-8

Food: Chipotle, chicken and bacon pizza and spaghetti

Book: “The Historian” Elizabeth Kostova

Movie: Star Wars, Brian’s Song, Blackhawk Down

TV Show: Arrow, The Flash, Quantico, and the Blacklist

Embarrassing/Weird: ummmmmm……..this must not be named.

Andy Candreva

Andy Candreva

I grew up in a Christian home, but not really a church home. Both of my parents are devout Christians, but, after we adopted my autistic little brother and moved to California, it became difficult for us to go to church. So I never really developed a real relationship with Jesus and never understood what Christianity was about. Then, in middle school, difficult things started happening in my life. My parents realized and decided they were not the best people to be raising my little brother, so they made the humble decision of placing him in a group home in Salinas where he would be getting 24 hour care and support. This was really tough for me to understand and experience when I was 11 years old. Social life in middle school was also pretty rough. Then, it culminated in my first semester of high school when I played football. I hated it. I got bullied a lot and was forced to take a step back and change my social life and friend group. From this, I met some of my best friends, including my friend Drew. He brought me to Equip at Calvary. After about six months I fell in love with Jesus and am growing in that love still today. My goal and calling is to go into pastoral ministry, and, right now, I love having the opportunity to serve at Pursuit, love the students, and do work.

Family Life: Single with no kids

Hobbies: I like to read, disc golf, listen to music, write, chillax, hang out with friends, be around other people.

Bible Verse: Isaiah 42:16, and Ephesians 1

Food: Chipotle, Chorizo Sandwiches, Ravioli, My Mom’s Pulled Pork

Book: C.S. Lewis – Space Trilogy, Franz Kafka – The Metamorphosis, John Knowles – A Separate Peace, Judah Smith – Jesus Is ____, A.W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God, and many many more

Movie: Holes, Super 8, Napolean Dynamite, Up, Silver Linings Playbook

TV Show: (I hope this list doesn’t get me kicked out) Dexter, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, The Killing, How I Met Your Mother

Embarrassing/Weird: I can fold my left eyelid over itself. Also, I had amazing self-restraint by not making this bio absolutely ridiculous, believe me, I saw my opportunities.

Payton Hays

Payton Hays

I grew up in a Christian home and really started pursuing God during my high school years and was greatly impacted by Calvary’s youth group. Working as a mechanic I found that I was a light in a very dark place and needed God in my life even more to witness to others and also to make it through each day. I have been working with kids for a few years at Calvary and with Sanctuary Bible Church.

Family Life: I’m a single dude, I work full time as a diesel mechanic and part time as a stay at home son

Hobbies: I enjoy the outdoors, playing all types of sports, and hanging out with the high school and middle school students on Friday!

Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9

Food: homemade fried chicken (Alabama style) with sweet tea. I also like vitamin “S” (STEAK).

Book: I only read the Bible. I’m just hardcore that way =). Just kidding. I listen to podcasts more than I read. I really enjoy listening to Francis Chan’s podcasts.

Movie: Wild America, John Wayne, Napoleon Dynamite, and Nacho Libre

TV Show: Wipeout, America’s funniest home videos, and Bear Grylls.

Embarrassing/Weird: At my house I eat every meal with my favorite fork. I won’t eat with a different fork.

Savanah Staley

Savanah Staley

I was not raised in the church and didn’t really know much about God until middle school. In middle school I made friends who were Christian. They invited me to youth group with them and I heard the gospel clearly. God was speaking to me and drawing me nearer to him each week at youth group. After a couple of weeks of attending youth group, God had made himself very real to me and I surrendered my life to him. It hasn’t always been easy maintaining the position of surrender as I often want to control my own life, I am always grateful when I live in surrender to the Lord.

Family Life: Married, no kids

Hobbies: Running, biking, hiking, cooking

Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 “For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self discipline.”

Food: Thai coconut soup

Book: Redeeming Love

Movie: The Sound of Music

TV Show: Parenthood

Embarrassing/Weird: I can pick things up with my toes…and pinch people with them.

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