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Church Leadership

Meet our pastors.

Ottis Barnett

senior pastor

"God doesn't want us to be a good argument; He wants us to be a living demonstration of His power!" - Pastor Ottis

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Ottis grew up in Central Florida and has been involved in full-time ministry since 1996. In June of 2016, he accepted the full-time Senior Pastor position at Calvary Church. He is an anointed leader who is gifted to lead worship, preach, and teach. His desire is to see people awakened to who God is and see them burn with passion for Him. He and his wife Stacey reside in Inverness, Florida with their five beautiful children, Mackenzie, Emily, Adin, Reagan, and Asher. In addition to spending time with his family, Ottis also enjoys hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.


Luke Thomas

Worship & Administrative Pastor

"It's in God's presence that we discover our true purpose and identity." - Pastor Luke

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Luke is originally from DeLand, Florida and is the middle of three children. He attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando where he earned his bachelor's degree in Marketing. During this time he also served as a worship leader with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. While at UCF, he met his amazing wife, Cheri. They were married in 2002 and now have four beautiful children: Nathan, Bayli, Landon, and Judah. They have been members of Calvary Church since 2005 and Luke has been in full-time ministry at the church since May of 2012. He was licensed as an Assemblies of God minister in July of 2017. Luke has a deep passion for worship and desires to see lives radically changed by God, through this ministry.


Carl Vonderhaar

kids pastor

"God doesn’t use perfect pictures; He uses broken people." - Pastor Carl

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As a 25-year resident of Citrus County, Carl has learned to love life in a small town. He and his wife, Megan, have been ministering to youth and families for the past 16 years. Making an eternal impact has been their driving passion. That passion led them to Lakeland, Florida where Carl obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, from Southeastern University. After graduating, Carl, and his family spent three years on the mission field serving the needs of vulnerable and orphaned children on the continent of Africa. His time, both on the mission field and here at home, has taught Carl that life should not be lived alone. There is joy and power in community. As our Children's Pastor, Carl's greatest joy is to see families grow closer to God and to each other. He was licensed as an Assemblies of God minister in July of 2017.


Corey Ball

student pastor

"Your salvation is your greatest miracle." - Pastor Corey

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Corey moved to Citrus County in 2020 from Alabama along with his wife, Mackenzie Ball. He was born and raised in a small town in Virginia called, Norton. Even from a young age, as he grew up in church, he always felt the call to preach the Gospel. After graduating high school, he moved to Hamilton, Alabama to attend Bible college at The Ramp School of Ministry. As he was there, he launched his own ministry called, Impact Volume Ministries, and has traveled the world, preaching the Gospel ever since. The Lord has planted Corey here at Calvary Church to help see the young generation of Citrus County encounter Jesus. He believes with all of his heart that young people will help lead the way for the Kingdom of Heaven.


Todd Bemis

connections pastor

“You can teach what you know, but you produce in others who you are.” - Pastor Todd

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Todd is originally from Buffalo, NY and has returned to Calvary Church after being part of our church family over 10 years ago. In June of 2016, he came back to Citrus County knowing that God had called he and his wife, Maria, and kids, Jacob and Hannah, to be a part of the incredible outpouring of God’s presence that is happening now. As Connections Pastor, Todd brings with him over 20 years of ministry experience. He has previously served in the roles of Associate Pastor, Worship & Arts Pastor, Young Adults Pastor and Youth Pastor. His desire is to see every person who walks through the doors at Calvary Church connected in a way that will help them grow in both discipleship and actively using their gifts and talents for the Lord.