Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Dave Anderson

Teaching Pastor

Pastor Dave maybe the most known elder because of his role as the teaching pastor of Calvary. Dave is married to Leticia and the father of Ellyse, Sara, Jake, and Beth. In 1995, Dave gave his life to the Lord and was serving Him in one way or another almost right away. Dave and Leticia followed the call of God in 2000, to come to Texas and plant Calvary Chapel. The Anderson’s have been in Northeast Texas ever since.
Pastor Dave has a missionary heart and began a missions work in 2013 that has reached Cambodian churches and moves into Kenya this year. When asked his favorite scripture Pastor Dave never hesitates to name two that define his method of ministry and love for training pastors overseas:
 1) “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”  2 Cor. 11:3 NKJV
2) “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 ESV

James & Kayla Woods

Youth /Teen Pastor & Elder

Hi, it's me, James. I just wanted to introduce myself and give you a little background information about me and my amazing family.  I met my wife while I was still in High School we dated for about 4 years before we married in March of 2006.  We have 7 amazing kids Justice (12) Dawson (11) Eli (8) Autumn (6) Maddox (4) Ember (2) Raylee (6m).
It always amazes me how God works in the life of His kids.  I was no exception, I was saved at the early age of 8 but really didn’t pursue the God who saved me.  That changed when I was 16 and the Lord got ahold of my attention.  I rededicated my life and started to pursue the savior of my soul.  I saw God direct me to the right university, which in turn landed me a job in Pittsburg TX.  I worked for Pilgrim’s Pride and then at Priefert in Inventory Control.  But no matter where the Lord had me I always knew I should work with youth and children.  While attending a church in Pittsburg, I felt the Lord calling me again in a new direction.  He wanted me to work in AWANA, something I hadn’t done since college.  But when God calls we must follow, so after a quick google search we were out looking for where the Lord would have us serve next.  So a little over 8 years ago we walked through the doors of Calvary Chapel and have been here ever since. 
The Lord has shown me so much as I have walked with him over the years, but the verses that really drive me are found in Matthew 5 in the Sermon on the Mount.  In verses 13-16 Christ is calling us to be salt and light in the world around us.  It has been my desire to live a life that would point others to Christ and to share with those around me to live the same.  Our faith must be personal and we must live in a way that it makes a difference in the world around us.

Michael Yocum

Worship Leader

Michael was born in Mt. Pleasant, TX, March 29, 1974.  He was raised in Daingerfield and still lives there, today.  He was probably a week old when he first entered the doors of the local baptist church.  Growing up in the church, Michael was an avid member of each choir group, according to his age and youth group.  He became a Christian March 26, 1988, while attending a Dawson McAllister youth conference in Bossier City, LA. 
He was married to his wife, Cindy, August 13, 1994 (coincidently, he has that date tattooed to his finger to be sure to never forget it).  They have two children: William (21) and Ashleigh (20).  He and Cindy grew up in the same church, but really didn't know each other very well, until his junior year of high school.  He saw her at lunch and told a buddy, "let's go see what she's up to".  The rest is history....... 
Michael and his family were attending another church with friends when they were told about this guy from California that had moved to Mt. Pleasant to start up a church.  The next week, they all went to this guy's house for "church".  After it was over, he told his wife, "This is not church.  We are NOT going back, there.  This guy is playing songs I've never heard.  He doesn't even know VICTORY IN JESUS!"  However, Michael did return the next week, the week after that, and so on.  If you're wondering who this guy from California that didn't know VICTORY IN JESUS was, it was Dave Anderson, and as I previously said, the rest is history.......
Michael had always felt that God would use him in some way to minister through music.  It has been an honor for him to be an elder of this body and to lead this congregation in worship, through song.   One of Michael's favorite scriptures would have to be the latter part of Isaiah 53:5, "......by His stripes we are healed."
Michael welcomes anyone that would want to talk to him about anything, to come to him.  At times, he may seem to be a bit shy and quiet, but just ask his wife, if you get him started talking, you may never get him to stop. 

Patsie DeSantiago

Children's Ministry

In 2017, we felt the call of Children's Ministry and followed. This is a family operation. I am married for 18 years to Juan. We have 3 amazing children, Evelyn, Audrey, and Jovan.
I have always known that God is in control of all. This past year has been a year of letting go and letting God have control. When I want to take control I listen to "King of the World" by Natalie Grant and praise God!        
Since following God's call, I have changed to teach Kinder at Vivian Fowler where I was elected Teacher of the Year for my campus and have begun a prayer meeting every Monday morning before school begins. I have witnessed amazing things this past year. I have learned in all things praise God and to be prayed up always!    
Norman Vincent Peale said, ‘A positive mental attitude is a belief that things are going to turn out well, and that you can overcome any kind of trouble or difficulty.’ Jesus said, ‘With God all things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26). This is far more than the power of positive thinking. It is the power of God that makes what seems impossible possible. Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).        
If you ever feel God calling you to volunteer to work with our children, my door is always open.

Brandie Tagg

AWANA Commander

Praising the Lord for her husband Barry, Brandi takes care of the family and home schools their children, Eliyah (14), David (12), Ariana (9), Isaac (7) and Sophie (7).
In addition to keeping up with the kids, Brandi teaches fitness classes five days a week.  The pull toward exercise is accompanied by a love of cooking, baking and sharing that love with other families.  
Brandi has served in Awana ministries for five years before accepting the role of Awana Commander this year.  Working with children and seeing the excitement in learning bible verses is a joy.  She is thankful for those who bring their children to church and especially to those who serve in Awana.
The whole family is grateful for a community of God fearing people who care for one another.  
“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and glory”
Psalm 22:4

Craig Pruitt

Elder & Lead Usher

Craig Pruitt has been a part of Calvary Chapel since 2012 and is currently serving as an elder. He is a licensed professional counselor here in Mount Pleasant and has been in private practice for 23 years. He hosts one of Calvary Chapel's Connect Groups and has been married to his wife, Maranna ,for 36 years. Craig has a passion for people's well being and how they can grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Brant King

Elder

Brant is one of the newest elders. Brant lives in Winnsboro with his wife Cara of 15 years and 2 children Ethan and Emerson. Having grown up in Kansas with his parents and brother he attended a Christian Church with his mother. He describes his relationship with his brother a very special one in which God taught their family many lessons on grace and mercy, through his brother’s disabilities.
Brant came to know Jesus Christ as his Savior as a pre-teen but it wasn’t until much later in adulthood that he truly embraced a relationship with Jesus Christ. He explains that realizing the need for his own humility and true need for a savior lead him to seeking God’s presence in every facet of his life. His favorite scripture is Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed., as this reminds him of the true cost of our salvation, paid for by our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Seth Thurman

Elder

Seth has been married to his high school sweetheart, Christi, for 22 years, and has two beautiful daughters, Katie and Emmalyn.
He accepted Jesus in high school while being a guest singer at a revival service. He strives daily to live by the motto, "Always be doing something that is impossible without God."
On any given Saturday, you might find him tinkering with his vintage Volkswagon or motorcycle, but his most fulfilling role is pouring into his children at home and the kiddos at church with the love of Christ.
His prayer for the church is for us to be fueled by the Word, ignited by the Spirit, and burning in worship. 

James Blevins

Elder

James Blevins and his family have been a part of Calvary Chapel since 2007 and  is currently teaching and helping with junior high and high school Trek and Journey (AWANA).
James is married to Kelley and father of Elisha, Isabel, and James. Having travelled during his early years in life, he had literally no idea of who Jesus was and never heard about it until he was teen. At 15 he found himself in a position where he could not resist the offer that Christ had presented, received the gift of grace, and has been working out his salvation since.
James has been a part of several church plants in the past and worked on an evangelism and discipleship teams to reach international college students and aid freshman students in the transfer from high school to college.
At the core he believes in Christ Alone, Through Faith Alone, by His Grace Alone. His key Life Verse for the past 20 years has been 2 Timothy 2:2. “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”

Ronny Narramore

Men's Ministry

Ronny Narramore has been a member of Calvary for 13 years.  He is not much for the public eye.  But, what he does behind the scenes in encouraging and exhorting the board is a large part of what has made the fellowship what it is today.  
Ronny has consistently encouraged Pastor Dave to faithfully teach through God's word and stay connected to His Holy Spirit.  Ronny is a compassionate and caring man of few words who you can count on.  He counts on the Lord and His word to sustain him and has exemplified this greatly in recent years.  
In the year to come Ronny is looking into rekindling some of the studies and get togethers he used to host in the community for men, that were put on hold for a season.
We are very thankful for his leadership and counsel.  Contact him if you ever have a concern.  He will get the answer for you.

Leticia Anderson

Women's Ministry

The Women’s ministry is led by Leticia Anderson. In Women’s Ministry, we want to create an environment where we can passionately pursue our Savior through prayer and the study of the Word. Calvary Chapel will hosts its monthly women's fellowships OR devotionals/studies EVERY Monday of each month throughout 2019. Here is works:
1. The 1st Monday of every month will be set aside for food and fellowship. Food, snacks, & drinks will be provided at fellowships on the 1st Monday of the month ONLY.
2. The remaining Mondays in the month will be set aside for Bible Study. The women are studying the Book of Hebrews.
All women are welcome. Whether you are a current member, prospective member, or simply visiting, we'd love to meet you & hang out! Come make new friends!
We will start at 6:30 pm at the church.  Please make arrangements for childcare.