Michael Pallotto

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
 Isaiah 61:1-3
Michael was born in Killeen, Texas, the youngest of three boys, to Tony and Mary Ann Pallotto. His dad was enlisted in the United States Air Force at the time. At age five his dad moved the family out west to Vista, California. Early on in life, Michael was exposed to drugs and alcohol. Concerned for his well-being, his parents sent him to Western Samoa to attend rehab at age 17. While in rehab a young man from Chicago shared the gospel with Michael, who was immediately convicted and gave his life to Christ. When he got out of rehab, Michael went back home to live with his parents. It was a bumpy road for Michael for the next eight years; he never really got plugged into a church and wasn’t growing spiritually. Then his older brother Mark passed away, and Michael figured it was time to get serious about his faith. He learned about Calvary Chapel from listening to the KWAVE radio station, and thought they taught the Bible better than anyone he’d ever heard.

Michael started attending Calvary Chapel Oceanside in 2006. He quickly got involved in youth ministry and began hosting a home fellowship. In 2008, Michael felt a strong call to missions. He quit his job at a local car rental place and asked Pastor Mike Reed how he could pursue that calling. He served at the church full-time for the next year and a half, getting ordained in 2009, and then flew to Uganda to serve as a pastor at Calvary Chapel Kampala. He had no intention of ever returning to the United States, but the Lord had other plans. In just a few short months, he met, courted, and married his beautiful wife, Brenda. After a year and a half in Kampala, Pastor Mike Reed asked Michael to be the Missions pastor here at CCO. He gladly accepted and has served faithfully ever since. Michael and Brenda have two boys, Caleb Joshua & Elijah Reed Pallotto.