LEADERSHIP / SERVICE
pastor JD Dirks
Pastor JD and his wife Jenny have been married 22 years. They have 6 children: JC & wife Andrea, Seth, Anna, Evangeline, Mariah and Bo. They came to plant Calvary Chapel Maryville in 2001. JD was saved while in the Marine Corps in 1989 on the island of Okinawa, Japan. When he returned to the States, he was invited to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and knew he had found a church home.
Pastor JD puts it this way, "What I loved was the thousands of turning pages of people who were following along with Pastor Chuck Smith as he taught verse by verse through the Bible. He didn't leave anything out. No pet doctrines. Pastor Chuck knew that God's word worked if taught completely. It was easy to follow God's thoughts as we went through the Word. Man's thoughts are not that easy to follow. We were taught the Bible, not an interpretation of the Bible."
Upon returning to the midwest, he found Calvary Chapel of Omaha. There he learned, from Pastor Steve Johnson, how to serve God by serving people. After eight years at CCO he was sent to plant CCM. Continuing in the tradition of Pastor Chuck Smith, Pastor JD keeps the balance of teaching all of God's Word verse by verse and the power of the Holy Spirit.
"We love the fruit of the Holy Spirit shown through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. That's how they'll know us, by our love. By teaching God's Word people know Jesus better. When they know Jesus they want to tell others of Him. Mix that love for Jesus, a heart for the lost, and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and revival takes place."
Along side in the ministry are his wife Jenny, oldest son JC (who leads worship) & his wife Andrea, second oldest Seth who plays drums on the worship team, Anna who assists in the children's ministry, Evangeline who also assists in the children's ministry, Mariah who is six years old, and 4 year old Bo who by day is a Viking and by night a sleeping angel. (mostly)