// Our Staff //

//Get to know the staff here at Calvary Chapel and where we serve//

  • Senior Pastor

    Frank Ippolito

    Pastor Frank was born in 1957 in Chicago, IL. In 1973, he moved with his parents and family to Anaheim, CA where he graduated from Katella High School in 1975. On December 7, 1975, at age 18, Frank asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior and was radically born-again. Frank attended Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa and studied under the teaching ministry of Pastor Chuck Smith. Frank still considers Pastor Smith his pastor and mentor. Sensing a call to ministry, Frank planted a few churches in various places, including Europe, where he served as a missionary for 6 years.

    In 1976 Frank met and married his wife, Tammy, and together they have three children, Anthony, Michael, and Christi. All three are now married and have provided Frank and Tammy with 9 grandchildren. In June of 2006, Frank's wife, Tammy, departed this life and went to be with Jesus . Pastor Frank has since remarried and enjoys life in Vineland, NJ with his wife, Gerri. Gerri has one daughter, Erin, who also has four children. Together, Frank and Gerri have been blessed with and enjoy 13 beautiful grandchildren. All four of their children, and each of their spouses, are actively serving Christ.

  • Pastor

    Russel Sterger - in Memoriam

    Russell Everett Sterger was born on June 21, 1956, in Riverside, CA, and grew up in Rialto, CA, where he graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1974. Russell died at his home on June 25, 2019, following a long illness. He was 63. 

    Russell is a veteran of the US Air Force, where he served as an air traffic controller. After living a wild and worldly life, and after much prayer by his family, he became a Christian. He was Born Again on Easter of 1995. That's when his life began to turn around in a good and radical way. He chose to follow a new path and dedicated his life to the ministry and service to his Lord, Jesus Christ. He earned an associate's degree in Bible from Calvary Chapel Bible College at Twin Peaks, CA, and a Master's degree in theology from Trinity Biblical University, in 2008. 

    Russ loved adventure and travel, and often introduced his closest friends to both. Rarely would one of his journeys end without an unexpected twist. He loved to sing and to act. He enjoyed a short stint in Hollywood, appearing in big-hit shows like "Night Court" and "Twin Peaks." He also appeared as an extra in the 1987 movie, "Baby Boom," with Diane Keaton. One of his pet peeves in life was that, a kid by the name of Tom Hanks once beat him out of a part that he really wanted. He was fully engaged in stage acting, where he appeared in various stage roles during his acting career. 

    Russ was a key component to Calvary Chapel Vineland's theatrical choir. Russ pretty much wrote, co-wrote, directed, sang and acted in most, if not all, of the team's annual dramas and performances. One of his great joys was to use his performing skills for the glory of Christ and to help others achieve a higher level of acting while presenting the Gospel in fresh and creative ways. 

    Russell is predeceased by his mother, Wanda (Myers) Sterger. He is survived by his father, Edward Sterger; his brother, Bryon Sterger (Maria); his sister, Connie Matty (Bill); nieces, Alena Sterger-Foust, Jennifer Sterger-Whiteside and nephews, Jeff Matty and Kevin Matty. 

  • Pastor

    Anthony ippolito

    I was raised as a Christian my whole life with my father being in the ministry for as long as I can remember, both as a pastor and as a missionary. While serving as a missionary in Europe I went to the Calvary Chapel Bible College for a couple of semesters. Through this I found a love for worship, music, teaching, the study of the Word of God, and that my hearts desire was to serve God with all my life. While in Europe, I met and married my beautiful wife who is now my greatest help and partner in the ministry.

    After our time in Europe we had the opportunity to serve in Massachusetts where I worked at a Christian radio station for a short time until I felt God calling me to serve with my father in Calvary Chapel of Vineland, NJ.

    Today I, along with my beautiful wife and three kids, serve as the worship pastor and radio editor/programmer here at Calvary Chapel of Vineland . I have never known a greater joy than the joy that I've found in serving God with my whole life.

  • Pastor

    Philip Wojcik

    Born and raised right here in South Jersey, I grew up in a Christian home and have been attending Calvary Chapel Vineland the entirety of my life. I gave my life to Christ when I was 8 at the Harvest Crusade in Philadelphia. However, I didn't understand what God had planned for me until I truly surrendered everything later in life.

    I graduated high school in 2007 and started attending Bible College in Europe in spring of 2008 and studied there for almost 2 years. Upon returning to the United States, I started serving at Calvary Vineland in 2009 and was brought on staff in 2010. 

    I met my wife Rachael while serving at CCV and was lucky enough to marry her in April of 2012. Together with our dog, Daisy, we love to explore God's nature through either walks around local parks, seeing the sights, or simply beachin' it at the shore. 

    Now after being with the CCV team for five years, I run our Media Ministry during church services and take care of all things audio, video, and technology during the week. My beautiful wife and I are also heavily involved with reaching out to and working with the teens in the Youth Ministry. It has truly been a blessing serving at CCV and I can't wait to see what the Lord does next in me and wife's life.

  • Women's Ministry

    Gerri Ippolito

  • Children's Ministry

    Diane Wojcik

  • Nursery Ministry

    Deb ware

  • Security MINISTRY

    Steve Brown

    Steve has been in law enforcement for the past 26 years. He began his career with the Vineland Police Department in 1993 and then the New Jersey State Police in 1998. He has worked various assignments throughout the State of New Jersey to include, patrol, Criminal Investigation Office, Tactical Patrol Office, Camden Anti-Crime Partnership, Forensic Photography Unit, Fugitive Unit, and the United States Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. Currently, Steve is the Assistant Bureau Chief of the Major Crime Bureau for the New Jersey State Police. He supervises the Homicide North Unit, Homicide South Unit, Fugitive Unit, Missing Persons Unit, and the Violent Crime Unit. He also is the Commander of the New Jersey State Police Crisis Negotiation Team and is assigned as a Regional Peer Mentor with the New Jersey State Police Office of Peer Assistance.

    Steve is married to his wife Paula and they have two children together, Kylie and Brayden. Their family has been attending Calvary Chapel Vineland since 2012.

  • Usher Ministry

    Robert Wojcik