Lance and Ronda Halseth
Lance is the senior pastor of Calvary of the Smoky Mountains, which is part of the Calvary Chapel movement.
Lance and his wife, Ronda, were employed with the Knoxville Police Department prior to being called to Haiti. They lived in Haiti while laying the groundwork for Housetops For Haiti, an organization which builds homes and replaces roofs for the families that need them most.
As they ministered to the Haitians, they began to learn the local language. During that time several Bible studies were started as Lance taught them through the Bible line by line, verse by verse.
In 2015 Lance and Ronda began to feel the call to come back to the States to be a voice for Housetops For Haiti. They moved to Hixson, TN where Lance helped Calvary Chapel Hixson during the week and also began the men’s ministry. While in Hixon, word reached Lance that there was a home fellowship in the Sevierville, TN area that was attended mostly by members of Calvary Knoxville, which is about an hour drive each way. After much prayer, Lance and Ronda felt the call to move to Sevierville and plant a new Calvary Chapel.
After meeting with the home fellowship leaders to discuss the plan in Fall of 2016, God opened the door for them to begin gathering on Wednesday evenings at the American Legion building. By November the church was able to lease building space in a great location and began a Sunday Morning service on January 1st, 2017.