Don Modglin began his pastoral ministry in 1997 at Calvary Chapel South Bay. Only years earlier, he was living a life of destruction, filled with drugs & drinking it up. Desperate, desolate and feeling destitute, Don was lost and hopeless, BUT GOD intervened. Don began to question God, searching for forgiveness, hope and peace. He found it when he heard that Jesus Christ was willing to save him and forgive him of all his sins at a church in San Diego, California – Horizon Christian Fellowship. That same night at Horizon, Don asked Jesus to forgive him and to enter into his heart. It was that night that Don knew he was forgiven, and had a new start. He also knew Jesus wanted to work in him and through him, in ministry.
Shortly after Don’s salvation, he began studying the Scriptures, attending Bible College and Bible Institute courses. His family and friends knew and saw the miraculous changes. With this new zeal, he began teaching a home Bible study, teaching at a convalescent hospital, and sharing his faith on the streets with strangers.
In 1997 Pastor Steve Mays of Calvary Chapel South Bay (today a congregation of 8,500 adults) in Torrance, California asked Don to join his staff as an intern pastor. Within time Don became the Assistant Pastor at Calvary Chapel South Bay and as administrator of the staff and general ministries. He taught frequently at the Bible College, the weekly Men’s Ministry, and frequently taught during services at Calvary Chapel South Bay for Pastor Mays.
During this time Don has always loved reaching out and sharing God’s love for others. In addition to his travels to other countries for short term missions’ work, Don also served as Chaplain for Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and CHP, and developed a non-profit corporation – the Community Crisis Hotline, in Torrance, California where he served as Executive Director.
Don’s education at Bible College, SALT Institute, School of Ministry, School of Evangelism and Critical Incident Stress Management training (CISM), has further equipped him for the call of God.
Whether teaching, preaching or writing, God has gifted Pastor Don with the ability to apply Biblical principles to current events and trends, in a way that is relevant and easily understood by people of all ages.
Don is married to his lovely wife Arlinda, and has two sons.
My name is Dan Patterson and I serve as an Assistant Pastor here at Calvary Ventura. My primary role is to help people get connected and stay connected to Christ and His church so that they can grow to spiritual maturity. I’m very happily married to my wife Debbie and we have 2 adult children who are both actively involved is serving in the churches they attend. I love playing the guitar, hiking and traveling.
Hi my name is Wilfredo Nerida. I am the Worship Pastor here at Calvary Ventura.
I love magnifying Jesus and edifying the body of Christ through music, psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19-20). I serve together with my wife in the Worship Ministry, and we also enjoy helping oversee the Young Adults Ministry where we have the privilege of encouraging young people to follow Jesus. We have 5 beautiful children: Caleb, Skyler, Zoie, Caden, and Camden.
I’m Dan O’Friel, the Administrative Pastor for Calvary Ventura. I’ve been blessed to be fellowshipping and serving with the body here for over 10 years. I’ve taught the Men’s Ministry, Home Fellowships, and been called to go on a few mission trips. It’s a joy and an honor to serve our Lord and Savior through Calvary Ventura. Currently my primary calling here is as the Administrative Pastor for the church and I am excitedly looking forward to what the Lord has planned for me and our fellowship as He calls us “outward”.
Hello my name is Arly, wife of Lead Pastor Don Modglin and mother of a wonderful young man. My favorite pastimes include spending time with family, studying God’s Word and surfing.
God has called me as Women’s Ministry Director here at Calvary Ventura and my prayer for this ministry is Colossians 2:2-3 “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Hi my name is Vivian and I am blessed to be able to serve with such a great team here at Calvary Ventura. I serve with my husband, Wilfredo, in the worship ministry and also help oversee the women’s ministry. I have a desire to help women grow in their walks with the Lord, through Bible studies and discipleship. My husband and I also help oversee the young adults ministry, and I love being a mentor to these young ladies. My primary ministry is my kids, Caleb, Skyler, Zoie, Caden, and Camden and there’s nothing I love more than being their mama!
Pastor Pete and his wife Katz the Children’s ministry leaders here at Calvary. They have over 20 years experience of children and youth ministries, both in the US and overseas. The White family served in China for 10 years before returning to Ventura to serve the Lord here and believe you will find our style of Children’s ministry unique and fun.