Andrew Fouché , Senior Pastor
Andrew Fouche accepted the call to be Calvary Renton's Senior Pastor in January of 2017. Andrew, his wife Jessica and their four children are relocating to Renton from the Spokane area and plan to be on-site full time in late February.
Andrew has served as a Senior Pastor, a Worship and Youth Pastor and has a great deal of experience teaching, training and leading mission teams to East Asia. It was during the missions work that he and Jessica met and soon after married.
Jessica and Andrew partner in their ministry and together bring a heart for sharing Christ with the local community. They consider it a privilege to proclaim and demonstrate the life changing grace of Jesus.
Thana Packard, Minister of Children and Families
Thana is in charge of overseeing all ministries involving children. This includes preschool ages through to high school seniors. She organizes all the events involving children or parenting as well as encouraging and providing resources for others to use. Thana began working with Calvary’s Children Ministries in 2006 before being hired onto the staff in 2008.
Working with children has been a major part of Thana’s life. She has been a volunteer as well as had full time ministry positions in multiple churches. She led a children’s choir for 12 years as well as leading music at Camp Creation for the past number of years. Thana has also led training conferences throughout the area for leaders of Preschool and Children’s ministries.
Thana regularly attends multiple conferences to keep up to date with new techniques. She started by attending the Northwest Ministry Conference but is now a conference leader. In the past she attended the Children’s Ministry Conference, Glorieta Sunday School Week and Student Leadership Training. Thana is also a leader for local Vacation Bible School training events as well as leading conferences with the Northwest Baptist Convention.
Thana believes the first five years of a child’s life are critical to spiritual development. This is the time where the foundation for the rest of their lives is built. She firmly believes that the church needs to partner with parents to help guide them on this journey. She wants to give parents tools to help their children know and want to walk with God on a daily basis. This requires time and energy to help develop the Christians of the future.
Christian Bravo, Youth Minister
Linet and Christian Bravo have been married since the fall of 2017. They are proud children of immigrants from the Philippines and Mexico, and have collectively lived in Renton over 17 years and call it home. Linet is a Strategic Advisor with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, managing a program that conducts outreach and engagement to historically under-served populations in Seattle. Christian is the Director of a Renton non-profit, CryOut! CryOut is an organization that uses the arts – music, dance, visual, and performing arts to empower students to speak and act on issues of racial and social injustice in their communities. Linet and Christian love building relationships with the youth of Calvary Renton and are passionate about partnering with all youth to be agents of purpose and change for God’s Kingdom in their communities.
Fred DeBerry, Pastor to the Deaf
One of Fred’s many jobs is preaching to the Deaf congregation. His weekly sermon is then broadcasted to another Deaf congregation in Portland who does not have a pastor. Fred has been leading this congregation since June of 1978.
Before beginning his work at Calvary Fred worked at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside, California. He also was on staff at Silent Friends Chapel which is a part of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.
Fred attended California Baptist College in Riverside, California and Southwest Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In the past Fred has served on the Board of Trustees for the Washington State School for Deaf in Vancouver, WA. He is a registered chaplain for the Deaf and makes visits to the Deaf in the Monroe Corrections Complex, King County Jail and the Seattle Jail. He is also cleared to make regular visits to the McNeil Island Special Commitment Center. For the past three years Fred has been a part of an interdenominational group working to develop ways to allows registered sex offenders to return to their faith groups as well. Fred also is helping to improve the abilities of the City of Renton to meet the needs of the Deaf community.