Pastors and Ministers
Hal grew up in a Christian home in southern California. He gave his heart to the Lord as a child and was baptized as a teenager. He attended the University of Arkansas but dropped out and served four years in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. During his time in the service, he experienced a very real renewal of his faith, heard God’s call to ministry and met his future wife Karen.
After leaving the Army, Hal and Karen were married and moved to Chicago to start training for the pastorate. Hal graduated from Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Hal and Karen have been married for 26 years.
Their oldest boy Andy went to be with the Lord in 2007 and their youngest son, Billy, is getting ready to start college. The Irvines have served Converge churches in Alaska, Montana, and now Estes Park.
I was 7 years old when my parents became believers. For our family, the decision was life-changing. God and church became a central part of our routine and direction. I came to Christ as my Lord and Savior a year later. At the age of 12, I made a commitment to God that I was willing to to do anything He wanted with my life. During High School, God continued to impress on me that full time ministry was truly His will for me. The logical direction to go was Bible school, with an extra degree in Music thrown in, just in case God should find a use for my talent and interest in music.
I met my wife-to-be while working at a church in Massachusetts. Now that I had found “the one”, it was time to get serious and complete the next step of my formal training: seminary. I began the next semester and completed a Master in Religious Education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. During that time, Linda and I were married and we saw God call us to the mission field. An opening in Santa Cruz, Bolivia seemed perfect for my interests in both youth and music ministry. God quickly helped us to raise the needed support and we were off to spend a year at language school in San Jose, Costa Rica.
We spent the next few years in church planting and outreach in Santa Cruz, where 2 of our 4 children were born. From Bolivia, God brought us to Estes Park, where we have been blessed to minister and grow with both our own children and our Mountain View Church family. My passions for Youth Ministry, Discipleship, Teaching, Missions, and outreach have only grown stronger over these years. Perks of my job have included things like playing all sorts of games, Mall scavenger hunts, fun and challenging times of Bible study, getting to know and work with lots of awesome Ravencrest students, counseling kids and parents through rough times, seeing kids grow in their faith, finding inventive ways to get out our bubbles, planning and leading international mission trips, working in unity with other church youth leaders in town, laser tag all-nighters and just hanging out with all sorts of crazy, and some not so crazy, people. It’s been a pretty wild ride, but one I would not want to have missed! After all, “Normal” is just a setting on the dryer.
I joined the staff of Mountain View Bible Fellowship in February of 2013. Following high school graduation, I attended Indiana State University, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado---graduating from all three. I am also the choir director at both Estes Park High and Middle Schools where I have been on staff since 2005. Prior to that, I was the Pastor of Worship and Arts at Christ Community Church in Greeley, CO, for ten years.
My wife, Jean, and I have three daughters.
I became a Christ-follower at a Christian concert in 1974 and discovered that a Christian could combine love for Jesus and love for music at an Imperials concert. My passion is to see Mountain View Bible Fellowship be filled with a congregation of whole-hearted worshipers and consequently, experience God’s habitation during our services.