Our Staff

Calvin Bartl - Lead Pastor

Calvin was born in September 1961 in Elberta, Alabama. He grew up on a farm with four brothers and three sisters. He attended Liberty Christian College to prepare for ministry.

He first served as a children's pastor at Liberty Church in Pensacola Florida. After one year at Liberty he moved to Elberta Alliance Church in Elberta, AL where he served as Children's Pastor, Senior Pastor, and Executive Pastor over the course of many years.

While Calvin was at Elberta Alliance Church, the church changed its name to Genesis Church and relocated to Foley, AL.

In 2008, Calvin moved to Lillian Alabama as lead pastor to open a Genesis campus.

This campus has now become a fully accredited church with the Christian and Missionary Alliance called Eternal Life Church where Calvin continues to serve as Lead Pastor.

Calvin is married to Sharon Bartl and they have four children; all of which are now married and have children of their own.

If you would like to meet with or get in touch with Pastor Calvin, please click here.

Justin Schaff - Associate Pastor

Justin Schaff was born and raised in Elberta, AL. He has a wife Jamie and four kids; Ezra, Eden, Elliana and Elilah. At the age of sixteen Jesus came and radically changed his life. Shortly after that he felt like God was calling him to ministry full-time.

He held a fulltime position as youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Lillian, AL, part time position as youth pastor at Fairhope Community Church and now has been called to Eternal Life Church. While holding a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration he is pursuing a ordination through the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

He has a passion for preaching and making disciples. He wants to see a generation that seeks after Jesus Christ. He believes that we can see this generation rise up if we provide solid biblical truth that they can see communicates to all of life. He wants everyone around him to know one thing, "It's All About Jesus".

Charlie Ellisor- Director of Worship

Charlie is a licensed and ordained Minister and is serving as the Worship Director. He and his wife Candy have pastored churches in Colorado and served as North American Missionaries with the Southern Baptist Convention in the past.

They recently built a home in Lillian and have enjoyed becoming a part of the Lillian community and this church. They have one daughter, Kelly Robertson of Orange Beach Alabama. Kelly and her husband Kyle have two children, Conner and Claire. Charlie and Candy love spending time with their grandkids.

Charlie loves to worship through music and celebrate God’s goodness and sees it as a privilege. Music gives us all a chance to sing praises to God and to help to prepare our hearts for His message.

Josh Soto- Congregational Care Pastor

Josh, whose legal name is Josue, was born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey by Guatemalan parents. He loves soccer, theology, tea, sarcastic humor, crime-drama shows and his family. He and his wife Dana married in 2005 in New Jersey and are blessed to be raising five children. He and his wife arrived in Pensacola, FL via the Navy (Dana is Active Duty) after 7 years in Oklahoma City. They enjoy the beach, nice weather, and watching the Thunder and Sooners. Josh graduated from Mid-America Christian University with his B.A in Psychology/Christian Ministries. He is near completion of his M.A. - Leadership in 2019. Josh has been licensed through the Christian & Missionary Alliance since 2015 and is excited to see what God has planned for him and his family!

Sharon Bartl - Children's Director

Sharon is the wife of Pastor Calvin Bartl. She leads the children's church on Sunday mornings.