Paul & Janelle

Marriage Ministry Leaders

Paul & Janelle have been married for 23 years. They’ve lived in 4 states and have enjoyed the journey together. They have 4 children, 2 grown boys and 2 girls still at home.  They are committed to raising their family in a Christian environment. Some activities that Paul and Janelle enjoy doing together are fly-fishing, camping, hiking and skiing. A verse that has encouraged them through the years is Ecclesiastes 4:12b which says, “a three-fold cord is not quickly broken.”  It is a good reminder to them that we are not on this journey alone and Christ is always there to help.

Paul & Janelle acknowledge that no marriage is perfect, and in fact their marriage has not always been sunshine and roses, but they have learned a lot along the way. They desire to share and encourage other couples with what they have learned through marriage conferences such as A Weekend to Remember, or simply by life experiences. They are excited to see how God will lead as He draws the hearts of married couples together and toward Him.

Joe Zavala

Youth Leader

I was raised in Southern California and brought up in the church. We had a good life and I was very blessed to have grown up in a Calvary Chapel church. However, around the age of 16 I began to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Whenever I would get into trouble I would cry out to the Lord for help and He would deliver me. But I would cheapen the grace of God because I never lived a life of holiness unto the Lord.

What I now realize is there is a difference between “knowing of Jesus Christ,” and “knowing Jesus Christ.” One is without intimacy and was born out of emotion. The other is an abiding love relationship with our Savior. I lived in the world that whole time and found myself lost and I didn’t know where time went.
One day I’m 16 and the next day I’m 30 years old and living a life of self-destruction. I had this calling upon my heart but I couldn’t shake the conviction. I was finally at the end of my rope and I needed a Savior. I remember the night that I fell on the ground crying out to the Lord. My whole life I had done it my way and it got me nowhere. I asked for forgiveness and told the Lord that my life was His to be used as a vessel for holiness and righteousness. I had this hunger to know Him, to know who I was in Christ, and to know the blessedness of our Savior. I had fallen in love and couldn’t get enough of His word. Since that day I have continually been blown away with the love of Jesus. I feel so unworthy to be in ministry.

My heart for ministry is that ministry is not contained just on the grounds of the church – my whole life is ministry from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. What I realize now is that I couldn’t ride my parent’s coattails into heaven. I had to come to a place of humility of knowing I couldn’t do it, but Jesus could. I had to make the decision to live for Him, or to live without Him, and I tried living without Him.

So, my only conclusion was Romans 12:1-2. To live a life holy and acceptable to the Lord and to be transformed daily by the Holy Spirit. Spending time in His word is where I want to live the rest of my life. I truly do believe in the power of the Gospel because it has resurrection power as it turned my world upside down, but my heart right side up. In Christ I have found my purpose and that is to live a life of self-denial. Now I am in Montana answering the call Jesus has upon my life. I don’t know what the future has for me and I am not worried. All I do know is, “ For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain”.

Julie Saenz

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Brian Jackson

Worship Leader

I grew up the second of 4 brothers in a preacher’s house. Born in Washington, I have also lived in Oregon, Idaho, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia, and Montana. I am happily married to Nita, and we celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2017.Vocationally, I worked for newspapers for 7 years, Christian radio for 19 years and computer/internet tech support for 10 years.

I publicly confessed Jesus as my savior at age 8, and was baptized. In my early twenties, I found myself addicted to marijuana, and living a very worldly life. I still believed, but I was not walking with God. I went though out-patient treatment for addiction in 1983. A year later, with my head clearer, I knew I wanted to be closer to God. While watching a Petra Video, “Beat the System”, in a motel in Malta Montana, I felt God call me to Himself. 2 days later, I got on my knees and wept and repented and asked God to allow me to walk with Him. He immediately surrounded me with young believers who discipled and encouraged me.

My favorite verse is 2nd Peter 1:3, which says, “seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence”. This verse tells me that the better I know Jesus, by walking with him in relationship, the more I will realize access to everything I need for “life and godliness”. It’s all from Him as I walk with Him. That takes pressure off me to perform, and it tells me what I need to do…walk with Him.

As a music minister, I want us to be able to focus on God, Jesus, His Holy Spirit, and His powerful word, by creating a musical context in which we can proclaim God’s truths over our lives. People have real needs and hurts. Music is a powerful way to communicate truth. Praising and worshiping God will affect how we think, feel and act. It will also affect others around us and even the spiritual battles we face.

God has caused my relationship with Him to grow, mostly through stuff I didn’t want, or ask for. When I’m faced with something larger than I can handle, it makes me depend on him. When my wife’s dad lost his home to a fire, he came to live with us the next day. God is using that opportunity to help me see that people are more important to Him than anything else. I have to depend on God for wisdom and strength, and it’s a joy to serve others.

I feel most alive when I am musically active. Making music by myself, with a small group, a large crowd, singing or playing old hymns, current songs or making brand new songs. That’s really what makes me happiest.



God has really blessed us here at Calvary Chapel Cascade County in 2017, and is beginning to use our fellowship in some wonderful and exciting ways. If you would like to support what God is accomplishing through us, so that in 2018 and beyond we can reach more souls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and really make a difference in people’s lives, please prayerfully consider donating, but only if God lays it on your heart to do so. For your convenience you can either send a check to Calvary Chapel Cascade County, PO Box 1508, Great Falls, MT, 59404, or you can click the Paypal button below.