OUR PASTOR

 

Pastor Korey Van Kampen

 
B.A. Martin Luther Colllege, 2001
 
M-Div. Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hi.

 

Nice to meet you.  I’m glad you’re taking time to stop by and say hello.

So, you’d like to know a little bit about me?  Where to begin…

 

I come here by way of Washington, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, and Arizona (with a summer in Florida mixed in there too).  

 

I actually lived in Phoenix as a young boy but my family moved away when I was 9 years old.  My parents didn’t much care for snow and cold, so we didn’t venture up the mountain to Flagstaff very often at all.  In fact, I only remember coming here once as a child — and that was passing through.

I’m here because I serve at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, and have been doing so since October 2014.  So far, Flagstaff seems to be a neat place to live and raise a family, and I look forward to doing ministry here in the coming years.

 

If you’re wondering what I think is the most enjoyable part of what I do, it is getting to meet people where they are at in life, to share God’s Word with them through Bible Classes, Sermons, and other interactions, and watch them grow in faith.  Sometimes the growth is staggeringly fast.  Other times it isn’t as noticeable until a couple years have passed.   Everyone grows at their own pace.

 

My hopes and dreams are for Mt. Calvary to be a place where everything is centered on the good news of what Jesus has done, where we are welcoming to “outsiders” and even skeptics who are completely unfamiliar with church and with Christianity.   I want people who come to my church to know Jesus as I know him.  I want this to be a church where people love and support one another, bearing each other’s burdens, so that everyone is encouraged on their walk of faith.   Are we there yet?  I’d like to say we’re working on it. 

I have a wonderful, loving, and supportive wife along with four beautiful, if not a little rambunctious, blessings from God, the youngest of which are twin girls, born in April 2013.   They’re known to make a little noise during church…that’s OK!  It’s amazing how much joy (and gray hairs) children can bring.

 

I’m probably most known for being a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. (I know, forgive me.)  I lived in Texas during their glory years of the early 1990’s, so I couldn’t help it, even though they haven’t given me too much to cheer for lately.  My other pastimes include ice hockey (thanks to a local friend in my former church in Kennewick, WA for getting me hooked), golf (only the cheap courses in town), and spending time with my family.  Our favorite vacation during the summertime is to head to the mountains with our pop-up camper and enjoy the sights, sounds, and cold water of those mountain lakes.   Now that we live in the mountains, we’re still figuring out what to do and where to go. 

 

Enough about me.  I look forward to meeting you in person someday, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.

 

Until then, take care and God bless.

 

Thanks for stopping by.