Calvary Baptist Church logo

Who We Are


Adam Ansel

Youth Pastor

A Note from Adam...

I attended Southeastern College for 2 years working on a degree in Pastoral Ministries. After my sophomore year, God called me to be a missionary in East Africa where I met my wife, Jenny. I returned to the US where I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies from Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley, CA. I worked with church staffs in California and Maryland before moving to South Dakota.

Steve Auch


Steve Auch has been married to his wife Anita for 43 years. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren. At Calvary, Steve has been a member of the Missions Committee and has participated in several short-term overseas trips. Since moving to Yankton in 2008, he has been active in prison and jail ministries as well. Steve is retired from a career at USDA and keeps busy on the family farm raising corn and soybeans.

Ben Brown

Lead Pastor

I received training to become a pastor at Cedarville College (now University) in Ohio where I met my bride, Misty, and at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN where I earned my Master of Divinity. I have 23 years of pastoral experience having served in churches both in Indiana and North Carolina before coming to Yankton. Misty and I have been blessed with six children, three boys and three girls. Our life is full and blessed and never boring.

Will Eidsness


My family and I have been attending Calvary since we moved to town in 2007. My wife, Hilary, and I have 4 children who are growing up fast. I really love raising my family with my wife. You can find us often doing something involving sports or the outdoors. I enjoy teaching 5th and 6th grade Sunday school, leading Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Yankton High School, and my job as the Radiologist at Yankton Medical Clinic.

Joey Graber


Joey Graber has been attending Calrary with his family since 2009. Joey and his wife Patti live on a grain and livestock farm 35 miles north of Yankton just outside Freeman. Joey loves teaching Sunday School, loves working with the youth at Calvary, and loves sports (especially Triathlons).

Steve Mach


Steve Mach has been a member of Calvary for 10 years and has served in a variety of positions including men’s ministry and the leadership team of the Encore community. He and his wife, Carmen, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Steve is a physical therapist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Tyndall, SD and in his spare time enjoys bike riding and hiking and working alongside volunteers packing meals for the children of Haiti.

Dave Rehurek


Dave Rehurek has been a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 8 years where his service to the Lord includes Trustee Board, ENCORE Community Leadership Team, Men’s Ministry, and various volunteer/appointed teams. He and his wife Sheryl have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. Dave is retired from a career in management with Alcoa and is currently self-employed as owner/operator of Dave’s Full Throttle Dyno Shop. Any spare time is devoted to the blessing of being a grandparent, biking, hiking, racing, and local community service.

Rick Slattery

Associate Pastor

A Note from Rick...

I attended Liberty University for an undergraduate degree in Counseling/Christian Psychology in Lynchburg, VA. I returned to my hometown of Baltimore where I met my wife Barb and worked in the inner city as a chemical dependency rehabilitation therapist for over a decade. After several years, I felt that the church was the source and center of Christ’s ability to free people from the prison of sin. Consequently, I decided to attend Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, OR, where I earned a Master of Divinity. I have ministered as a pastor in South Dakota since 2002. Barb and I have three daughters. I like to try new things and as a result have no consistent hobbies but do have a steadfast love for discipleship and care ministries.

Mark Stevens

Non-Governing Elder

Mark Stevens started attending Calvary in 1977 after graduating from Bethel College and Northwestern Chiropractic College in St. Paul, MN. He has served in many areas at the church including sound technician, high school youth director, AWANA, Sunday School teacher, Valentine banquet, and playing on the worship team. Mark and his wife, Deb, have three children. He is a private pilot, scuba diver, and still plays basketball 3 times a week even though his knees and wife suggest he quit. He also likes hunting and his fishing trips to Canada.

Jeff VanMeeteren


Jeff VanMeeteren has been a member of Calvary for 23 years and has served in a variety of positions including youth ministry, men’s ministry, the trustee committee, and as a deacon. He and his wife, Pam, have 4 adult children (2 in college and 2 gainfully employed). Jeff is a Regional Park Supervisor for the SD Game Fish & Parks and in his spare time enjoys hunting and fishing in the great outdoors and golfing with his wife.

ArrowIcon BloggerIcon AimIcon DeliciousIcon PaperIcon EtsyIcon FacebookIcon FilmStripIcon FlickrIcon CameraIcon LaunchIcon GooglePlus2Icon GooglePlusIcon HeartIcon InformationIcon InstagramIcon LastfmIcon FrontCameraIcon LinkedInIcon EmailIcon MoneyIcon ItunesIcon MyspaceIcon OpenTableIcon PayPalIcon PencilIcon PersonIcon PhotoIcon PicasaIcon PinterestIcon PodcastIcon RssIcon ShoppingCartIcon SoundCloudIcon StarIcon TableProjectIcon TheCityIcon TumblrIcon Twitter2Icon TwitterIcon TypepadIcon VideoIcon VimeoIcon WordPressIcon YelpIcon YoutubeIcon