Spiritual oversight of Calvary Chapel is provided by the pastor and the Board of Elders, a group of men elected by the church.

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Pastor Nathan Tharel has served Calvary Chapel since Christmas Eve, 2009. A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, he is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Before attending seminary, he taught at an international Christian school in Buenos Aires. He and his wife, Zuleika, have three children. The Tharels enjoy books and movies, being outside—especially at Mystic Seaport, and sharing conversation over a cup of coffee or tea.