Our Story

Pastor Phil & Rebecca McKay

Pastor Phil was born in Las Vegas and grew up in several small towns in Nevada. He graduated from Fernley High School in 1996, and then joined the Marine Corps. It was in California that Pastor Phil began to really grow in his walk as a Christian when he began attending Calvary Chapel Vista, under Pastor Rob Salvato. He eventually was asked to come on staff and became a youth pastor in 2000, after getting out of the Marines.

Pastor Phil, along with his wife and children, has planted Calvary Chapel Villarreal, in Costa Rica, and pastored at Calvary Chapel Paris, Texas, before coming to CCRS.

He and his wife, Rebecca, have 5 children. They are looking forward to all that God has for them as they serve the body of Christ at CCRS.


Founding Pastor Tom Luitwieler and his wife Sandie got saved in Southern California.

They attended Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa for a while, and in 1981 moved to Moreno Valley, California. They moved thinking it was simply to have their own home, but the Lord had other plans. It was at the Calvary Chapel in Moreno Valley that Tom and Sandie began to grow in the Lord. Encouraged by the strong teaching ministry of Pastor John Millhouse, Tom began to study the Word of God for himself.

Eventually Pastor John asked Tom to lead a Sunday evening home fellowship. It was there that God began to hone Tom's teaching skills. Pastor John encouraged Tom to attend the Pastor's School at Calvary Chapel of West Covina with Raul Ries. It was then that Tom realized that God was calling him to be a pastor.

After serving the Lord at Calvary Chapel of Moreno Valley for ten years, Tom and Sandie moved to Sparks, Nevada to see what the Lord wanted to do. They started a home bible study in Spanish Springs, and eventually moved the Bible Study to a pre-school in Sparks, and started Sunday morning services as Calvary Chapel of Reno Sparks in 1993.

Pastor Tom faithfully taught the Word of God and loved the people for 28 years. On July 1, 2020, Pastor Tom transitioned the church to Nevada native, Phil McKay

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