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Meet Our Staff

Joel Kirtley
Senior Pastor / Worship Leader

Pastor Joel came to Poulsbo in 2004 after spending the previous 12 years on the mission field in St. Petersburg Russia. While in Russia, Joel served as the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg and was involved in planting many churches from Moscow to Novosibirsk, Siberia.

During his time in Russia, Joel sang and played guitar for a Christian Alternative Rock band known as "Tribe 13". This band traveled with the church planting teams and was used for outreach throughout St. Petersburg. Along with music and evangelism, Joel also has a heart for discipleship and teaching the Word of God. He considers himself to be on an ever-progressing quest to know God and to love Him more. Simply stated Pastor Joel has a passion for God. This passion has fostered a fellowship of believers that love God, and desire to make the love of Christ known throughout the community of Poulsbo and beyond.

Joel and his wife Heather have five biological children; Addison, Isaiah, and Lilly, Ivy and Hazel as well as two children adopted from Russia; Sergey and Ira. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, horseback riding, camping and riding dirt bikes.


Larry Howe
Elder / Children's Ministry Leader

Larry has been attending Calvary Chapel Poulsbo since 1991. He has been married to his wife Mona for 42 years and they have 3 married children and 11 grandchildren. Larry has served as a deacon and is currently one of the elders along with overseeing the Children's Ministry and serving on the financial board.


Bill Ulrich

Rob Sorter
Elder / Youth Leader

Jim Hanson
Deacon / Multi-Media

Jim became interested in multi-media through his wife's singing group. He became their sound and video tech for their performances. He came to Calvary Chapel Poulsbo in 2009. Jim found a need in the Worship Team for running the sound board and displaying words on the screen for the congregation. Jim loves to worship through music and song. He loves hearing the beautiful noise that comes from our worship team. He now administers the audio, video, and web site for Calvary Chapel Poulsbo.


 Maria LeCato
Church Secretary

Maria and Joe LeCato have been attending CCP since 2017. They started in the Calvary Chapel family at Calvary Chapel Solano, CA in 2007. They moved here from Lynnwood where they attended Calvary Fellowship. Maria and Joe are retired from the US Coast Guard. Maria's career was in administration, helping her to jump right into the church secretary's job and they have four children. Maria's favoriate Bible verse is Romans 8:28 - "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (NKJV)


Cindy Thompson
Children's Ministry Director

Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Thompson is the Children's Ministry Director. She has been a part of the Calvary family for more than 7 years. She grew up in a Christian home and was baptized in her early 20’s. Her theme verse is: Matthew 5:16 – "Let your light so shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, who is in Heaven.” As the moon reflects the sun, or a mirror reflects our image, she strives to reflect Jesus Light in all that she does.

Cindy is a wife, mother of 7 children and grandmother of 4. She has a bachelors Degree in Education and spends most of her time with children. She loves to go on road trips, paint, play games and watch sporting events of all levels.


Joe LeCato
Sunday Servants

Joe leads the Sunday Servants Ministry and has attended CCP since 2017, and part of the Calvary Chapel Family since 2007. Joe and his wife Maria are retired from the U.S. Coast Guard. Joe has been a lifelong sailor, boatbuilder and Servant.

Joe’s favorite Bible verse is Matthew 28:18 NKJV And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Amen.


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