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John Grunditz

[ Senior Pastor ]

Pastor John came to Calvary in the summer of 2009 after nearly twenty years at New Life Evangelical Free Church in Watertown, South Dakota. John grew up in the Minneapolis area and moved to Fargo after marrying LaVonne in 1970. Both John and LaVonne became Christians in 1973 and he began his career on the staff of Community Baptist Church in 1978. God has blessed them with three boys, who are now married, and have nine grandchildren. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. John and LaVonne love the time they can spend with their sons and their families here in the Minneapolis area and also trips to see their son Joe who serves in the Air Force, currently in Anchorage, Alaska. His Minnesota sports teams like the Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves are always a passion for John. Reading is both a means of relaxing and learning. He especially loves biographies, history, and also the Puritan era pastors and theological writings.

After thirty-four years, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 is still a life verse for John in his ministry.

And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

CONTACT Pastor John at

Kristen von Edeskuty

[ Worship Leader ]

Alison McDonagh

[ Administrative Assistant + Communications ]

CONTACT Alison at the church office at

John Hall

[ Church Coordinator ]

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