Our Staff

  • Pastor John  Grunditz    Senior Pastor

    I grew up in Minneapolis where I met and married LaVonne in 1970. We have been blessed with three married boys, eight granddaughters and one grandson.

    The greatest decision of my life came in November of 1973 when I gave my life to Christ. He has been faithful and true in every situation, all the time.

    God called me to be a pastor in 1978 in a church in Fargo, ND. After 8 years there I left to attend Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas and graduated there in 1990. Since then I served an Evangelical Free church in Watertown, SD for almost 20 years and currently here at Calvary Memorial Church in the Minneapolis area.

    The purpose of my life and ministry is to grow in knowing, following and loving Christ. I try to point every sermon and every ministry at Calvary towards this grand vision that we might all grow as wholehearted followers of Jesus.

    Philippians 2:9-11 is a favorite verse of mine that expresses this – to exalt Jesus Christ as Lord!

    In our free time we love spending time with our kids and grandkids. I enjoy my Minnesota sports teams, especially the mighty Vikings and the Timberwolves. On a quiet evening, there’s nothing better that a good book, especially a biography.

    LaVonne helps us keep to a healthier diet, but if left on my own, I could eat BBQ food every night!

    CONTACT  Pastor John at johngrunditz@gmail.com

  • Kristen von Edeskuty    Worship Leader

    I am so thankful to the Lord for loving Christian parents who raised me to know, follow, and love the Lord Jesus, from a very young age.  I prayed to receive Christ as a young child and understood my need for His love and forgiveness in my life.  What a privilege to walk with Jesus through all of life.


    I grew up in Minneapolis.  Our family went to Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield, which was a place where I grew deeply in my walk with Christ.


    After graduating from Minnehaha Academy, I went to Wheaton College, IL where Robert and I started dating. After graduating, we married and  I worked as an Elementary Education teacher in Bloomington, and Minneapolis Schools for 5 years, and also graduated from Mankato State University, M.A, Elementary Ed.  Then our daughter, Kathryn was born and 3 months later, we moved to Colorado.


    We helped start and lead a Bible School at Timberline Lodge, a ministry of Torchbearer’s International.  We discipled students, and taught in the Bible School for 7 years in the mountains near Winter Park.  During that time, Joseph, David, and Matthew were born (all at hospitals in Denver, which was a 2 hour drive over the mountains!)  Timberline was a wonderful place to raise our children, and we were so thankful for our church family at Winter Park Christian Church during those years.


    In 2007 we moved back to Minnesota, knowing Rob’s dad was terminally ill.  We felt the Lord moving us back to be nearer to our families.  Right away we found Calvary Memorial Church, (in part because of the giant Awana sign on the fence) and have been so thankful and blessed to serve and be a part of Calvary since then.  Our son Daniel was born in 2010.  We have been homeschooling our children since 2012, and in the fall of 2017, I began as the Worship Leader at Calvary.


    We praise the Lord that He is able to grow us up into Him. As I watch our children grow, I am in constant wonder that He is doing the growth!  We also praise the Lord for the beautiful body of Christ at Calvary, and the fellowship we share because of His redeeming work for us! 


    I love to read and swim and bike, have long talks with our kids, date-nights with Rob, and see the whole family get involved serving and worshiping the Lord together.

  • Alison McDonagh    Administrative Assistant + Communications

    My name is Alison and I have been working at Calvary since September of 2016. I love my job, and feel so blessed to work in a place surrounded by people who love the Lord.

    I was born here in Minneapolis, but my parents are from Los Angeles so  my childhood was split between the warmth of the Hollywood Hills and snowy Minnesota! I went to Chapel Hill Academy in Chanhassen, and then Southwest Christian High School in Chaska. My parents, as well as both of these schools really helped me to build a foundation in Christ as I grew up.

     In 2014 on a trip with my family to Ireland, I met the man I would marry… an Irishman named Wesley. He was working at one of the locations we visited, we started chatting and the rest is history.  I am still in awe that even on a vacation where you aren’t necessarily thinking about the direction your life may be headed, God is still there working. Wesley and I had a long distance relationship for a year, staying in touch via Skype and visiting each other as often as we could. Then in 2015 Wesley moved here to Minnesota, and we got married six months after that. We have a home in Eden Prairie and had our first child, a baby girl, in June 2019.

    Some of my favorite things include traveling, reading, seeing musicals with Wesley, water skiing, sewing, and being outdoors. I could eat watermelon all day long. :)

    My favorite Bible verse has not changed since I was 12 years old and has always reminded me that my comfort and safety is in Jesus.

    Psalms 18:2

    The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
        my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
        my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”