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Pastor Brian Larson
pastor brian larson


Brian Larson and his young family moved to Truckee from Southern California in the summer of 1975. Having ministered in denominational churches for about eight years, he stepped out in faith in 1978 and began a nondenominational fellowship in North Tahoe.  By June of 1981, the small fellowship had moved to the high school auditorium in Truckee, and it was then that we became known as Calvary Chapel of Truckee. Pastor Brian has been ministering in Truckee for more than 40 years.

It has been Pastor Brian’s vision that this church would be a God-built church. In other words, we would not depend on the methods and means of man, but solely on the guiding and direction of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, the emphasis of this ministry is simply on the building up of the body of Christ through the clear, objective teaching of the Word of God, the praise and worship of His Name, and diligent prayer; seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit in all we undertake as a church. He firmly believes that as the body is fed and nourished in His Word, we will grow in His grace and love, and the work of the Lord will flourish, with God accomplishing His purposes and plans through the body as a whole. Over the years, Pastor Brian has witnessed the faithfulness of God to guide and build His church.


Eric Montgomery


Assisting Pastor Eric Montgomery joined the Calvary Chapel of Truckee staff in October 2011 and has oversight of the worship ministry, children's ministry, youth groups, and Salvation Army.  Eric grew up in Sacramento, visiting Truckee as often as he could, and then he moved to Idaho where he lived for thirteen years.

Eric got his start in ministry while serving in the youth ministry at North Country Chapel, a Calvary Chapel in Post Falls, Idaho.  He served as an intern for 2 1/2 years until the Lord called him out to take over the youth ministries at Calvary Chapel Visalia, where he served for five years.

Eric and his wife Gina have two boys, Matthew and Aiden.  They enjoy the outdoors and everything that goes along with it: snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, and waterskiing.

rhea padellford 

Rhea's title is "True To His Word," which translated means that Rhea serves the body in many ways including coordinating Pastor Brian's online teaching ministry, managing the church office, and serving as Pastor Brian’s personal secretary. With a background as a magazine editor, her passion is to make Pastor Brian's sermons available in as many forms as possible, including video and audio posts of Pastor Brian’s messages online at our website, YouTube channel, True To His Word Internet Radio, and Facebook, as well as daily radio broadcasts for selected Calvary Chapel radio stations. Rhea is the mother of two young married men: Bryce, a Chinese linguist in Maryland, and Brendan, serving in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Maryland. Both grew up here in Truckee.