Leading our community of believers under the authority of the True Shepherd, Jesus Christ
Contact Pastor Kempiz
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 Adult Ministries
Contact Pastor Jay
Jay returns to Calvary Bible Church after a 13-year hiatus of pastoring First Baptist Church of Weaverville, nestled up in the Trinity Alps of northern CA. There he cut his teeth on ministry wearing the many hats required for pastoring a smaller-sized church including preaching, teaching, discipling, leader training, Biblical counseling, even worship leader and sign-changer! He loved his time at FBCW and all that he learned and now is excited to have a more narrow focus of ministry that comes with being the Adult Ministries Pastor here at CBC.
After making his living as an actor here in Los Angeles for over 20 years, God called Jay into full-time ministry in 2003. He became the Junior High pastor here at CBC while attending the Master’s Seminary, graduating with a Diploma of Theology in 2007. His other interests include sharing his love of acting and filmmaking with young people, fly-fishing and spending time with his family. His greatest joy is to see people learn and grow through the Word of God in the power of God’s Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:28).
Jay was married to his sweetheart, Julie on October 16, 1997 and they are proud to have 6 children and one daughter-in-law: Jack (married to Caylen), Will, Lily, Austin, Geanna and Owen. Everyone is excited about the move back to southern California and CBC, especially their dogs, cats, parakeets and chickens, who are enjoying the warm, southern California sun!
Pastor of Youth & College Ministries
Contact Pastor Alex
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.