Ana & Michael Waliser met at Grace Chapel in Tucson, AZ as members the music and prison ministry. Shortly before marrying in March of 1986, they joined a brand new fellowship of Calvary Chapel of Tucson where they were very active in children’s, prison, and home group fellowship ministries. Mike became a deacon there and along with Ana, became the prison ministry facilitators, coordinating the volunteer prison ministry program at Arizona State Prison at Tucson, AZ.
Ana worked at Tucson Medical Center’s credit union, while Mike worked as a heavy equipment operator for a local utility contractor. They became parents of Hannah in 1987 and Gabriel in 1988, God’s wonderful blessing!
Late in 1990, God led them to Battle Mountain, Nevada, where Mike worked as a heavy equipment operator at a precious metals mine. Mike became an ordained pastor of Calvary Chapel of Tucson at the day of departure as God impressed upon them to plant a church in their new home.
During their time in Nevada, Calvary Chapel of Battle Mountain became reality as a new fellowship was formed and officially became an affiliate of the Calvary Chapel movement as Mike served as Senior Pastor there until late in 2000.
During the mining downturn of 2000, Mike’s place of employment closed and the Lord raised up a replacement pastor and led him to resign his pastor position to relocated to another mining operation outside of Ridgecrest, California.
Ana and Mike joined Calvary Chapel of Ridgecrest immediately and began serving as youth leaders and very shortly became youth pastors for junior high, senior high, and college age groups. As an associate pastor there, Mike also conducted weddings, funerals, special functions, vacation bible school, church maintenance, counseling, and youth trips all while maintaining mining and road construction jobs for the next 13 years.
Another job relocation would find them moving to Los Alamos, California where Ana and Mike joined another Calvary Chapel affiliate in the Santa Ynes Valley named “The Ranch Church” were they are now serving in the hospitality ministry.
It is here where they met Pastor Jess McCurnin and their beautiful family as they prepared to travel to Ireland to begin a church planting ministry. Currently, Pastor Jess has relocated to Galway, Ireland and are beginning a great work of God reaching out to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ!