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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

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 / Children's Ministry Overseer

Rob has been attending Calvary Chapel Poulsbo for 20 years. He born in New Mexico and moved to Vacaville, California for the remainder of his childhood. After serving for 6 months with YWAM, Rob decided to move to Poulsbo with a friend of his where he was introduced to Calvary Chapel Poulsbo. Within a few months of attending, Rob started working with the youth ministry. He and his wife Heather, continued to work with the youth for 12 years. Rob and Heather have 3 boys, and live in Poulsbo. They continue to serve in both Children’s Ministry as well as Worship Ministry.


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)


Heather Sorter
Children's Ministry Director

Heather was born in Southern California, but has spent the majority of her life here in Washington. She and her husband Rob have been attending Calvary Poulsbo since 2001, and have 3 sons. Rob and Heather have served together in many areas including Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry and Worship Ministry.


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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