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Steve Pecota

Steve Pecota

Lead Pastor

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I was raised in Kirkland, WA, where my dad and mom both worked at Northwest University. All through grade school and up until I graduated from college, Calvary was my church home.

In 1975 I helped pioneer Calvary Chapel, a church plant with a focus on university students that was sponsored by CCA. Fourteen years later, Karen and I moved our little family to Hamburg, Germany, where we worked in student ministry and as directors of Marriage Encounter for 18 years. We also planted a church there that continues to thrive.

In 2007, CCA contacted us about coming back to Seattle to pastor the church I grew up in. It felt like a God thing and since then, Karen and I have been on the great adventure of helping CCA contextualize its mission to urban Seattleites.

Married to:

Karen and I got married right here at CCA in 1980.

Children:

We have two grown children, Kevin in L.A. and Kathryn (with her husband, John) in Brooklyn, NY. No grandkids yet, but ever hopeful.

What I do for fun:

Anything to do with mountains… climbing them, camping in them, boarding down them, etc.

What I like to eat:

I love salmon, lightly seasoned, right off the grill. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Movies I recommend:

Probably my all-time favorite remains The Mission, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. It contains the best theatrical portrayal of repentance that I have ever seen.

Where I like to travel:

While we lived in Europe, our favorite getaway was Florence, Italy. We love that city.

A book that has impacted my life:

I have an abiding love for C.S. Lewis, a passion that began when I was 16. My favorite is the first book I ever read of his: The Great Divorce. It impacts me because it so captures my imagination.

Favorite Bible verse:

My life verse is Philippians 1:6 – “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Favorite quote:

St. Augustine (I learned it in King James English) – “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

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