Pastor Bruce Baumgartner
Bruce was born in Chicago, and grew up in Palatine, Illinois, where he has great memories of ice skating on the lakes and up the creeks in the winter, and camping adventures with the Boy Scouts.
family moved to Southern California when he
was in 9th grade, where he
quickly took up surfing and skateboarding.
was raised in a Christian home, it wasn't until 1975, after attending concerts at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, that he
became "born again.
began growing in his
Christian faith, and as a freshman at San Diego State University
soon got involved with the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry.
It was at SDSU
was discipled, began playing the guitar and leading worship, and met his
future wife, Janet Sparks.
graduated in 1982 with a B.S. in Business Administration, and married Janet the following year.
After seven years as a business owner, Bruce
entered full-time ministry at Calvary Chapel Poway, where he
was ordained as a pastor in January of 1989.
served in a few other churches before moving to Kauai
in 2003 to serve alongside Pastor Bob Hallman at Calvary Chapel Kauai
and Janet have two married children: Becky, who lives in Kauai
with her husband, Noah Hamilton; and Luke, who is currently living in South Korea with his wife, Lindsey.
Pastor Bruce is multi-talented and uses his gifts at CCK as worship leader and as the associate and mission's pastor.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of the church and KESU Radio, and teaches a course at the Kauai Bible College.
Pastor Bruce's joyful enthusiasm is contagious and warms the hearts of all those around him.
spare time, Bruce
enjoys playing guitar and drums, singing, and songwriting.
hung up his
skateboard long ago, you can still find him out there surfing.
In addition to riding waves, Bruce
likes to hike, snorkel, kayak, and cruise around the island with Janet on his
Honda Shadow motorcycle.