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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.


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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