Kevin Elwood

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.     1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV
Kevin was born on September 21, 1967 in Huntington Beach, California. He was the middle child, with an older sister and younger brother and grew up attending Warner Avenue Baptist Church until he was in the 5th grade when a family friend introduced them to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.

During his high school years Kevin was influenced by the wrong crowds. In the wake of some turmoil at home, he began to walk away from the Lord. Ultimately the problem was he knew God, but had not yet started a true relationship with Him. The solid foundation he was taught as a child was never too far from him. While experiencing what the world had to offer including the pain of divorce and the lies of false religion, God was still working in his life. He continued calling him back and would eventually use these wrong decisions in Kevin’s life for His Glory.

In June of 1991 Kevin met his wife Denise; they began dating and were married in August 1993. They had a rough beginning and found themselves separated by their first anniversary. Here again God was preparing him for the future, not causing the chaos, but using it to prepare Kevin for the work that He had for him. After 6 months living apart Kevin and Denise began to rebuild their marriage under the same roof. They became best friends again, growing much closer to each other and now on the path that would eventually lead them to Christ. In March of 1997, Kevin and Denise started attending Calvary Chapel Oceanside where they finally, truly surrendered their lives to the Lord. They discovered what was lacking was a relationship with their Creator. Within weeks of starting at CCO they began attending parenting classes, marriage retreats, and Kevin served as a writer in the Drama Ministry. Over the next few years this would prepare him to begin serving in the Family and Marriage ministry in 2001.

He continued to grow while serving in several ministries, completing the Intern Program and, eventually joining the Joshua Group. Then in 2006 he was called to lead the Family and Marriage Ministry. God began the next chapter in Kevin’s life in April 2011 when the Elders confirmed him to be ordained as the Family and Marriage Pastor.

Kevin and Denise are blessed to have five children and two grandchildren. They have the desire to strengthen families and marriages through discipleship and helping both husbands and wives make Jesus their foundation.