925 West Seventh Street
Ottawa, KS 66067

Pastoral Staff


Greg Rickard, Senior Pastor

Greg is one of those people who is "from" many places. After entering this world in the state of Utah, he lived in California, Illinois, Florida (for several years), and Alabama, before finally landing in Michigan in the eighth grade. He is a graduate of First Baptist Academy of Bay City, Michigan.

After graduating from high school, Greg attended Pensacola Christian College, where he met the lovely Tamara, also from Michigan, and arranged to marry her as soon as he possibly could after finishing his master's degree. They are the parents of five children: Kenton, Katie, Justin, Jonathan, and Emilee.

Since 2008, Greg has served as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Ottawa, Kansas. Prior to becoming pastor, he served as interim pastor and (before that) associate pastor at Calvary. Tamara also stays very busy in the work of the ministry, both as a pastor's wife and a teacher at Calvary Baptist Academy.

Prior to coming to Kansas, Greg served for seven years as an assistant pastor and Christian school administrator in Memphis, Tennessee; and for five years as a Christian school teacher in Savannah, Georgia. Before that, he worked as a textbook writer for A Beka Book, contributing to three science textbooks. He has also been active in music ministry over the years, both as a soloist and as a church music director.

Greg has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in music from Pensacola Christian College (class of 1989); a master's degree in Biblical studies (1991, also from PCC); and a master's degree in Christian education with an emphasis on administration from Heart of America Graduate School (2010).

Greg's greatest passion is preaching and teaching the Word of God. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family and his church family, reading, fishing (when he gets a chance), finding great deals at thrift stores, collecting and listening to classical music CDs, playing strategy games that take hours to finish (especially Risk), using Apple computer products, and enjoying the Kansas countryside. He loves all kinds of coffee, but especially Dunkin Donuts.

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Nate O'Rourke, Assistant Pastor

Nate was saved at the age of 16 in Concord, New Hampshire, where he grew up. Not too long after being saved, Nate knew that God was calling him into full-time Christian service. During his college years, Nate had several neat ministry opportunities: He was able to travel for a year and a half with an evangelistic team, intern at two different churches, and counsel at two different camps. It was while he was counseling at a Christian camp in Kansas that Nate met Patience, who ultimately became his wife and, as he claims, his better half.

Nate received a Bachelor's Degree from Pensacola Christian College and later completed a Master of Divinity from Pensacola Theological Seminary.

Nate has a tremendous burden for teens and young people. His passions are preaching the Word of God and sharing the Gospel with the people God allows him to come into contact with.

Pastor Nate O'Rourke
O'Rourke Family

Nate loves to read, run, play sports with the teens, and work out. He enjoys playing with his four precious children - Mary Kate, Melody, Malachi, and Maci - in the park and going on dates with his beautiful wife. Patience spends her time caring for their younger children at home, cooking, doing crafts, and teaching music. She also enjoys assisting Nate with ministry events and activities, and she is very involved in Calvary's children's and teen's ministries.

Nate's favorite quote is, "Only one life, 'Twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last." His favorite Bible verse is Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

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