Crystal Cathedral Ministries : Hour of Power : Pastors : Walt Kallestad
Assigned to a tiny Lutheran congregation in Glendale, Arizona in 1978, Walt Kallestad
quickly learned humility and value of strong communications: Within the first few months, the congregation had dropped by 50 percent, and the young idealist was faced with the challenge of rebuilding constituency or finding a new profession.
The challenge has obviously been met.
Today, under Walt Kallestad's
direction, the Community Church of Joy
supports nearly 8,000 participants.
In the Spring of 1998, this affiliate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), dedicated the first phase of a 187-acre campus which encompasses a Christian Preschool, Elementary and High School with sports fields, an International Leadership Discipleship Center
, a Memorial Gardens, a Conference Center and a Christian Counseling Center.
As chairman of the Joy Company, Dr. Kallestad oversees this expansive project while he continues pastoral leadership of the Joy congregation.
direction, the Church has developed a Biblically based Evangelical Discipleship Community, which draws from all areas of metropolitan Phoenix.
has written several books, including The Everyday, Anytime Guide to Leadership; The Everyday, Anytime Guide to Prayer; Total Quality Ministry; Wake Up Your Dreams; Entertainment Evangelism; Christian Faith: The Basics; Be Your Own Creative Coach; Turn Your Church
Inside Out, Entrepreneurial Faith, Passionate Life and Passionate Church
, World Changers and his
latest ReignDown, A Call to Personal Repentance.
Dr. Kallestad, is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and Luther-Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
He is a member of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries International Board of Directors.
He spends his leisure time with Mary, his wife and best friend, their grown children and grandchildren, pursuing interests in writing, music and golf.