Meet our pastor

Pastor Marc Hamer

Marc was born and raised in West Chester, Pa. In February of 1989, after many years of attempting to resist the drawing of the Holy Spirit, Marc finally surrendered his life to Christ, at the Florida/Georgia state line on I-95 while returning home from a spontaneous trip to Key West, Florida.

After this encounter, the Lord began to change the desires of Marc’s heart to the things of the Lord, including the mission field. In 1992, Marc met the woman who would become his wife. Two years after that, Marc and Julie were married, two years later, they were on the mission field in Scotland.

After that stint on the mission field which included time in India, Marc and Julie returned to the states where they began to start a family, bought a house, served as an assistant pastor, and seemed to be settling down in Lancaster co., Pa. That notion lasted about a year after buying their house until the Lord began to stir a restlessness in their hearts once again for the mission field. In early 2004, Marc and Julie and their two young children, Kayleigh, and Liam, packed all their things, rented their house, and headed off to Scotland to work with an evangelism ministry called, ‘Impact World tour’ and pastor a small Baptist church. While in Scotland, the Lord added to the Hamer clan with wee Erin, who arrived in March of 2005 at Stirling Hospital.

After about 4 years in Scotland and a wee stint in New Zealand, the Hamer clan returned to the states once again.

In 2011, the Hamers began attending Calvary Chapel Chester Springs. While there, Marc and Julie led a couple of short-term trips to Scotland, served on the worship team, and led a home group that would eventually become, Refuge Calvary Chapel of New Holland, Pa.

In May of 2015, Refuge Calvary Chapel began holding Sunday services with about 20 people. Since that time, the Lord has added many more souls to this church set right in the heart of downtown New Holland, Pa.

There’s obviously much, more to the story but not enough space. If you’re interested in some of the details, just ask and Marc or Julie, will be glad to answer any questions.