EQUIP Conference-Nov 2015 Info

Equip November 2015The Equip Ministry Conference is for pastors, leaders, their wives and anyone who is serving in ministry. It is a time to be built up and encouraged and also provides a time of fellowship with other people involved in ministry in various parts of New Zealand. Located at Lakes Ranch just outside of Rotorua, the Equip Conference aims at equipping you and your leaders to better serve the Lord in ministry! We usually try to bring in some guest pastors from out of the country as well as some of the local Calvary Chapel pastors.

Need to be refreshed? Need to be encouraged? Need to hear from the Lord? Plan on joining us for the Calvary Chapel November 2015 Equip Conference. For more information, please email or click here to complete the online registration form. We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Here is a list of speakers for the November 2015 Equip Conference:
Ben Grisez
Pastor of Calvary Sydney

Ben was born and raised in San Diego, California. At an early age he decided to follow Jesus, but it was not until university that he began living for Him. God used an atheist professor to prompt him to examine his life and consider his future: would he live for God or himself? He decided a life in service to Christ is the only one worth living.

In 1995, Ben began serving in children’s ministry in his home church, Calvary Chapel El Cajon (now Jericho Road Christian Fellowship). While studying to obtain an Associate’s Degree, Ben met his future wife, Laura. They were married in 1996 and continued to serve God with the youth and a home fellowship.

In the same year he was married, Ben began his career as a Local 5 Mechanical Insulator, a trade in which he worked for about 11 years. They were blessed by God in 1999 and 2002 with two sons: Zed and Abel. It was in 2002 Ben sensed a call to ministry as a pastor, and in 2005 was invited to a full-time staff position at CCEC as a youth pastor. He also oversaw all building maintenance.

He was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 2006. In 2009, Ben followed the LORD’s clear leading to visit the east side of Australia, and ultimately he and Laura were convinced of God’s call to serve Him there. Though they did not know precisely where or when they would be called, Ben resigned from his ministry position, began the process of applying as missionaries with Shepherd’s Staff, sold their house, and worked to afford moving expenses.

In 2010, Ben interviewed for a vacant pastoral position in Calvary Chapel Sydney, and he ultimately was offered and accepted the role as senior pastor. Since then the Grisez family has moved to Australia and are permanent residents, looking forward to God-willing becoming dual-citizens. The citizenship test has been passed and God-willing only the ceremony remains! Ben enjoys baking, sport, and making regular contributions to his Christian blog at

Drew Macintyre
Assistant Pastor/Founding Pastor at Calvary Chapel Alpine

Drew Macintyre, has been a pastor since 1982, and served as Senior Pastor of CC Alpine from 1982-2010. In 2010, he turned CC Alpine over to oldest son Mark and became his assistant. He has been married for 34 years, has 4 grown children, and 4 grand children.

In 1986, along with pastoring CC Alpine, he started the ministry TWTW (The Word to the World) which has a focus to train pastors and leaders in how to study the Word of God and then teach it expositionally. Has done extensive teaching/training in China, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Australia, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Germany, Russia, Uganda, Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, and Ecuador.

He has led many mission teams into various countries conducting medical clinics, witness training, pastor/leader training, and counseling seminars.

Pamela Markey

Pamela Markey spent the early years of her life from age 7 to 17 on the mission field with her parents in Zimbabwe, Africa. At 17 she returned to the United States to attend college. She attended Kentucky Christian College and Indiana University and graduated from Indiana University in 1970 with majors in zoology and allied health sciences.

After graduating, Pamela married George Markey, and together they planted the first Calvary Chapel in the Midwest before they moved to the former Soviet Republic of Ukraine as missionaries in 1992 with their eight children. While in Ukraine, in 1999 they adopted their ninth child.

During the fourteen years George and Pamela spent in Ukraine, Calvary Chapel Kiev was planted with the idea of being a model church, and to date, close to twenty daughter and granddaughter churches have been
planted in other cities of Ukraine. In 2006 they turned the Kiev church over to a national pastor and moved to Kyrgyzstan, a Muslim country in
Central Asia that was also part of the former Soviet Union, to do church
planting work.

George was taken ill in Kyrgyzstan in January 2007 and went to be with
the Lord in February.

At this time, seven of Pamela’s children are married and serving the Lord with their families in Ukraine, Siberia, Georgia (the country), Jordan, and the United States. Her youngest son is finishing his senior year at Kentucky Christian University, and her youngest daughter is a junior in high school and living with her. In addition, Pamela is blessed with twenty-seven beautiful grandchildren.

Pamela has been teaching at the Calvary Chapel Bible College, Europe in Hungary since the fall of 2007. She divides her time between serving as
the director of the College’s School of Missions and traveling the world to share at women’s retreats and missions conferences.