I received God’s grace in Jesus Christ in 1988 after living as
an Americanized recreational drug addict and drug dealer for
many years and suffering two divorces and great personal
loss.

I began serving the Lord almost immediately after my
conversion, telling other druggies and any one who would
listen about God’s grace, healing, forgiveness and love. I
was a musician for many years and turned that area of my
life over to Jesus in 1989 and began writing and playing
Christian music.

In 1990, I met my wife, Elyse, and moved to Winslow, Arizona
, to marry her and raise her three children. I started serving
the Lord as a husband, dad, worship leader and later was
raised up by the Lord to be an elder and later an associate
pastor at Calvary Chapel in Winslow.

I worked as a Railroad engineer for many years while
serving the Lord and studying to teach the Word of God.
While working out of Winslow, I was involved in an “accident”
in the year 2000. Lung burns and a spinal cord injury left me
unable to work for the railroad any longer.

My wife and I sensed the Lord leading us to re-open Calvary
Chapel Payson which had closed down here in this small
Arizona mountain town. Our ministry began with a small
Bible study in a nursing home and church services in a local
school in 2001. In only a year, the Lord enabled us to buy a
church building and we have watched the church grow
steadily both spiritually and physically all to the glory of the
Lord Jesus Christ.

Together with my wife Elyse, we have a blended family with 5
wonderful, young adult children, and what an opportunity for
love and patience we’ve had there!

We are excited to see what the Lord will do through this little
country church in the future, and we are totally blessed the
Lord would allow us to serve Him in this way.
Pastor Joe and
Elyse Hittle
“My wife and I sensed the Lord leading us to
re-open Calvary Chapel Payson which had
closed down here in this small Arizona
mountain town.”
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