Michael David Ciociola has been working for Calvary
Christian Center since 1992, and has been on staff since 1997. In 1997,
he received his ministry license from Capital Bible College in Sacramento, California. Before attending CBC, he attended St. Petersburg Community College in Florida.
At Calvary, Pastor Michael directs the annual Memorial Day Tribute, A
Grateful Nation Remembers. Attended by over 4,000 veterans, it is
proclaimed as the largest gathering for veterans on the west coast
during the Memorial Day weekend.
He also directs the widely attended annual Christmas play as well as
various illustrated sermons and dramatic events throughout the year.
Some of his favorite illustrated sermons include, "The Atonement" and
"Hell - Don't Go There." Aside from leading worship during Sunday
services, he also oversees the Fine Arts Department including: Raise the
Praise Adult Choir, Youth Choir, Orchestra, Vocal Ensemble, and various
Worship Team Outreaches.
One of the highlights of his ministry is the annual music service
"Gifts of Worship," typically scheduled just after the Christmas holiday
season each year. During this musical evening, the congregation is
ushered into an entire service dedicated to thanking the Lord for all
his blessings during the past year while devoting our lives to him for
the next year.
Pastor Michael met his wife, Kjerstin, through her father, Col.
Jeffrey O'Leary, a featured speaker for their 2002 "A Grateful Nation
Remembers." While visiting with the O'Learys in Washington, D.C. in
July of 2002, he met Kjerstin for the first time. In February of 2004,
they were married at Calvary Christian Center with the entire church