Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” ~ John 14:6
Pastor Rick Gaston
Rick Gaston served in the Marines in the mid-1970’s and is a veteran Ironworker from New York City. Having served at Harvest Christian Fellowship Manhattan and Horizon Christian Fellowship in Brooklyn, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, in 1995, he and his family left the “Big Apple” and moved to Central Virginia to start Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Meeting first in their home and later at various sites around the community, the church has grown and been blessed by the fruits of their labor. Pastor Rick attributes all his success to the Lord, Who has also graced him with his family and those he has the pleasure to serve alongside.
David Nigro – Assistant Pastor
David Nigro was born and raised in New Jersey where he left for the Marine Corps directly after High School in 1980. During his time in the service he attended Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and sat under the teaching of Pastor Chuck Smith. After working in several corporations, he entered the criminal justice field and moved with his family to Virginia in 1997. The Lord used a desire to once again be a part of a Calvary Chapel ministry to bring him together with Pastor Rick Gaston in 1999. Starting out in a home Bible study he has been greatly blessed to witness all the Lord has done in this ministry since those early days.
Jason Seward – Associate Pastor
At age 49, I heard the truth of God’s Grace and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. In 2002, my wife and I started attending Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. From that point, I heard all of God’s word. The Lord allowed me to be ordained in 2012 at age 62, to share the truth of God’s Word.
Shaun Mercer – Associate Pastor
Shaun Mercer had that sense that his life was not his own, so when he was told about Jesus Christ and learned about Him, he readily gave his life to Him. His wife Liezel and he, now have four children and are part of a loving body at Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville.
Aric Corbet – Pastor
After coming to Christ, Aric knew that he needed to be fortified in the word of God. The Lord led him to Calvary Chapel where he not only began to be fed but also to serve, starting with the cleaning ministry. He continued to get involved which led to serving in various other areas including the usher’s and children’s ministries. After a few years, the Lord called him to serve in pastoral ministry. Aric now continues to serve alongside others who have the privilege of ministering the word to God’s people.
Mike Gilbert – Pastor
Mike has been attending Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville since moving from the northern Shenandoah Valley in 2012. He was led to enter the pastoral internship program the following year. Mike, his wife Brae and their four children are greatly blessed to have been led by the Lord to Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville, and to have opportunity to serve the Lord in the ministry here.
Statement of Faith
Calvary Chapel is a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our desire is to know Christ and to be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We focus on the unity of the Body of Christ rather than emphasizing denominational doctrinal differences that lead to division.
- The Bible to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
- Both the Old and New Testaments are the inerrant, inspired, and infallible Word of God.
- God is eternally existent in the distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- The basic doctrines of historic Christianity.
- The only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s Agape love.
- God is the personal, transcendent, and sovereign Creator of all things.
Worship of God is…
- Fruitful resulting in His love in our lives.
- Spiritual, orderly, and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- Intelligent with great emphasis on teaching the Word of God.