Alex Ertel

I am grateful to the Lord for redeeming me! I am blessed to call Jesus my Lord and Savior, and serve Him at Calvary Chapel Delta.

I was born in Russia into a large family. My parents were saved through the underground church movement. As a little boy, my parents took me to church. When I was 12, I heard a clear presentation of the Gospel and I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins. At the age of 15, my family moved to Germany, and a year later I was baptized in a local church by immersion.

I had the privilege of attending Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY, and Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, where I received a BA in Pastoral Ministries. While attending Liberty, I surrendered my life to serve and follow the Lord during one of the missions conferences. After graduating, the Lord brought me to New Jersey, where I worked as a missionary with a Russian Christian Radio ministry. I met my wife, Debbie, at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, NJ. We were married in 1990 and shortly after that I was asked to come on staff with the church.

Believing God had called us to missions, my wife and I prayed for the Lord’s direction. Under the leadership and supervision of CC Old Bridge, we began a non-profit organization called Gospel for Russia, and we were sent to Russia to oversee the translation and recording of Pastor Chuck Smith’s teachings through the Bible, as well as the translation and printing of books by Chuck Smith, Gayle Erwin and Lloyd Pulley into the Russian language.

After eight years of ministering in Russia, and upon our return back to the States, we settled in Lynchburg, Virginia, and began serving in a local church. Once our children graduated High School, we began to prepare to go back to the mission field. We may plan our way, but it is God who directs our steps. In 2015, God directed us to Calvary Chapel Delta. I praise the Lord for His sovereign plan in hand-tailoring a position that encompasses my two passions and for allowing me to serve as an Assistant Pastor with a focus on Worship and Missions. My prayer is that my life would bring glory to God by equipping the saints for the work of the ministry by training the next generation of worshipers, and to see the body built up to reach a lost and dying world.

Assistant Pastor: Overseeing Worship and Missions