Pastors & Staff

Phil McKay

Lead Pastor

An Adventure Of Faith
Pastor Phil was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Clark County Hospital. He was born again just four years later in Yerington, NV, when a traveling evangelist spoke at his family’s church.
He knew that he needed Jesus as His Lord and Savior and didn’t want to be judged for all eternity in hell. At five years old he was baptized; then at just nine years old, he received a very distinct calling from the Lord to be a “preacher.” In fact, Pastor Phil preached his first sermon as a nine year old boy in a small church near Winnemucca, NV. Later, he attended Fernley High School and graduated with the class of ’96. Next, he joined the Marine Corps where he went on a tour throughout Asia and the Middle East. Although he was staged on the border of Iraq in 1998, he did not see any combat action during his four years with the Marines. During his third year in the Marines, Phil had a moment where God challenged him to “choose this day whom you will serve.” Because He couldn’t deny God’s love for him, he chose to stop playing games with his faith and to live for Christ. After he finished his tour of duty, he was offered a position on staff at Calvary Chapel Vista, in Vista, CA, working under Pastor Rob Salvato. It was during his time there that God brought him his best friend and beautiful bride, Rebecca. They were married on July 6, 2002, and then led the College and Career group for the next four years. Phil and Rebecca both felt God calling them to plant a church in Costa Rica, and in 2006 they sold most of their belongings and moved to Tamarindo, Costa Rica. They started Calvary Chapel Villarreal by God’s grace, and nine years later turned the church over to Pastor Jose Francisco Moreira (a Costa Rican), one of the men that God raised up there. Pastor Phil then served as the Senior Pastor for Calvary Chapel Paris, in Texas for five years. While in Texas, he was able to complete a two year online Bible College program under Pastor Scott Thom of Cross Christian Fellowship, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He and Rebecca both are grateful for the time they had in Texas, where God taught them many lessons in ministry and brought many wonderful people into their lives. Now God has called the McKay family back to Nevada, where it all started! Phil and Rebecca have five children: Eden, Ezekiel, Elijah, Ezra Cyrus, and Joel.

Juan Rodriguez

Administrative Pastor

Meandering through life with no purpose, Juan received Christ as Savior in 1987. After teaching elementary and middle school for 15 years Juan entered full time ministry at CCRS, serving under Pastor Tom Luitwieler Pastor Emeritus of CCRS.
Juan is the Administrative Pastor and teaches the Highway 50 Bible study. He is married to Julie and together have 5 boys: Christian, Luke, Nick, Kris and Anthony. A University of New Mexico graduate, Juan enjoys reading, movies, sports, photography, and cooking with green chile. Go Lobos!

Leonard Sanchez 

Youth Pastor

Leonard started attending Calvary Chapel Reno/Sparks the winter of 1995 and came on staff in 2007. He has been serving the Lord since 1989. He oversees Missions, High School youth group and a few other ministries

Andrew Morales

Associate Pastor

Andrew came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 2011. He’s a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and has been attending Calvary Chapel since 2013.

Christian Rodriguez

Visual Media Director & Creative Arts Director 

Sam Smith

Facilities Manager

Noah Tempelton 

Sound Engineer & Creative Arts 

Emily Tempelton

Church Secretary 

Pam Snyder

Worship Director & Administrative Assistant 

Patsy Walton


Heather Kelly

Children's Ministry Director