Ministry Staff

One of the best ways to connect at Calvary is by introducing yourself! Our office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We would love to meet you, answer your questions, introduce you to others, and help you find your way around the building. We can also help you sign up for regular mailings, receive a church phone directory, and learn more about our membership class.

Personal counseling and prayer are also available through our pastoral staff. Click here to contact us or call the Calvary office at 701-232-5650 for more information. We would love to hear from you!

Dave Motta, Senior Pastor

Pastor Dave Motta

Serving as pastor at Calvary United Methodist Church since 1996 has been a joy and a privilege! I grew up in Palatine, Illinois, and with my family, attended Salem United Methodist Church in Barrington, IL. I met Mary, my wife, our freshman year at Westmar College. Attending on a wrestling scholarship and Mary on a music scholarship, we found mutual interests in singing and loving Jesus! We married in 1977, and our love has continued to grow through the seasons of marriage. Following college, we moved to Milbank, SD, where I served as the youth worker for Central United Methodist Church. During that time, God's call to pastoral ministry became clear, and we relocated to Lake Bluff, IL, to attend Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (from 1980-1984). My first pastoral appointment was Stickney United Methodist Church in SD. What a great church and a wonderful place to raise the most precious gifts God has given us, our children, Elise, Leah, and John! The next appointment was to First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, SD, to serve as associate pastor. Our five years there included lots of time and activities with a super youth group and their families. In 1996, the call to Calvary came and Fargo has become home. Our family has expanded to include a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and a grandson.

My interests include all kinds of sports, canoe camping, music, and hunting. Mary is a quilter, musician, and reader. Our trips to Mary's mom's cabin in northern MN are a highlight each summer, as we truly experience the glory of Psalm 8. We continue to trust in Ephesians 3:20-21 that God " able to do more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Jesus Christ throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

Blake Carlson, Youth Ministry

Blake Carlson

I grew up in Plymouth, MN, (on Medicine Lake) and received my architecture degree from NDSU. My wife, Becky, and I began youth ministry at Calvary in 2000 and have partnered in ministry over many years. We have four sons: Samuel (born in 2002), Benjamin (born in 2004), Noah (born in 2007) and Caleb (born in 2012). I have been trained in various aspects of youth ministry and church leadership through Tentmakers and through the combination of mentoring and the Holy Spirit! When I'm not with students, I enjoy architectural consulting, camping, swimming, being outdoors, and spending time with my family. I pray that the Lord would continue to "fan into flame" the gift of God within me, and allow me to serve in HIS strength – with "...a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline...." (2 Tim. 1:6-7).

Karen Fleming, Abundant Living/Parish Nurse Ministry

Karen Fleming

I grew up in several communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Arkansas but call Charles City, Iowa, my official hometown. I earned a BS degree in nursing from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona and Rochester, Minnesota. I completed the Parish Nurse course through Concordia College's Parish Nurse Center in April, 2007. I have been a registered nurse for over 30 years working in many different areas (with 15 years off to stay home with my sons). I currently work part-time at Sanford Health.

I have been happily married to my wonderful husband, Paul, since 1986 and we have two terrific young adult sons, Ross and Reed. In my leisure time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gardening, reading, traveling, and learning new things.

I am honored to serve the members of Calvary as a volunteer Faith Community Nurse or Parish Nurse. After several years of working in children's ministry, I felt God calling me to parish nursing, which allows me to use my nursing skills and my faith to express care, support, and encouragement to the members of Calvary. "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).