Pastor Michael and Dona Ciociola have been Lead Pastors at Calvary Christian Center in Yuba City, CA since 1991. During this time the church has experienced continual and exciting growth and is rated in the top 5 churches in size and missions participation in the Northern California and Nevada District. Calvary Christian Center has mothered four new churches and has constructed each of these building projects, plus sent building teams to many countries for missions projects. Pastor leads with a heart for missions, both at home and around the world.
Pastor Ciociola has been asked to serve in many different roles throughout his ministry. Some of these include: Central Bible College Alumni President, Assemblies of God Graduate School Councilman, Northern Cal/Nevada Executive Finance Board Member, Northern Cal/Nevada World Missions Board Member, and Butte Sectional Presbyter and Executive Presbyter for Region VIII for the Northern Cal/Nevada District. Pastor Ciociola also serves as Auxiliary Chaplain at Beale AFB, is Chaplain for CAP Squadron 19 and has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to minister to our troops.
Dona has been involved in all aspects of ministry with emphasis on music and drama. In college she was a vocalist and accompanist for the Revivaltime Choir in Springfield, MO. Dona is also a credentialed educator having taught in both public and private schools.
Pastor and Dona treasure Godly family legacy. Their son, Michael and wife, Kjerstin, also minister at CCC on the pastoral team, and daughter, Michelle, serves on the audio team. Along with Michael/Kjerstin, Michelle and their children (who happen to be the most beautiful and gifted grandchildren on the planet), this makes up one wonderfully happy bunch. :-) They all look forward to every single meal “Papa and Nonna” prepare from Italian recipes handed down from generations. The fact that Pastor is an incredible chef has been a difficult secret to keep. :-)
Pastor and Dona look forward to meeting you in one of our services.
Cliff Smart has worked for Calvary Christian Center as Business Administrator since May, 1998. He actively oversees the church finances and stewardship department, and also serves as the Secretary Treasurer of the church board.
Cliff earned his AS degree from Ventura Junior College and his BS degree from California State University, Fresno. Prior to coming on staff at Calvary Christian Center, he was a local building contractor for 21 years.
Cliff and his wife of 29 years, Paula, have one adult daughter, Sara. They have lived in Yuba City and attended Calvary since 1974.