Here's the scoop on our own Pastor Steve Whinery.
Let's start with the easy one first, Steve
is pronounced well... just what you think it is, but Whinery
is pronounced like the season "winter" just take away the "t" and add a "y" at the end.
There you have it.
If you still can't figure this out, then call him "Pastor Steve", that always works too.
(Now, to the good part) Steve was born in 1959 in Central California.
was a baby, his
parents moved to Riverside, in Southern California, and he
spent much of the rest of his
childhood in the Riverside area.
Coming from a broken home, Steve
had much of the baggage that can come along with a "dysfunctional family" and by the time he
was in High School had become pretty cynical about life in general and people in particular.
It was at this point that he
was invited by a friend to attend Calvary Chapel
After some convincing he
decided to show up and it was that night in the summer of 1975 that he
first surrendered his
life to Jesus.
had no idea what he
was getting in to.
After a few years of struggling in his
walk with Christ, culminating in a 9 month backslide, Steve
heart back to the Lord at the age of 19 and has been serving Him ever since.
was involved in athletics and did well scholastically, he
had been known for partying and a violent streak.
life to the Lord, all of that was left behind and he
began looking for ways he
could please and serve the Lord who saved him.
Steve sat under the teaching of Greg Laurie, pastor of Calvary in Riverside.
A little over a year after their wedding, God led Steve
and Bobi to move to Big Bear, Calif., where they had been involved in the startup of a Calvary Chapel
About 3 months after their arrival, Steve was asked to be assistant pastor at that fellowship.
Although the position was a paid one for about 11 months, he
went back to construction because of financial considerations.
Steve was assistant pastor in Big Bear for 7 years.
In 1990, feeling that God had called them to the Tri-Cities area, they moved to Kennewick, along with several good friends.
got a job and began a home fellowship in their apartment.
God began to bless and Calvary Chapel
of Tri-Cities was the result.
went on paid staff, full time, in 1994.
Steve and Bobi have two children, Bethany, born in 1994, and Nathan, who arrived in 1998.