About Us


Our Mission

Our mission at the Dwelling Place is to equip the saints for  the work of ministry through the teaching of the Word of God. We as followers of Christ, live,  and are transformed by The Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Our purpose as individuals and as a body is to please God and make disciples. The way we accomplish this is to teach the full counsel of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to strengthen the believer.

Our service can be heard on the Calvary Radio Network via apps or on line at CalvaryRadioNetwork.com. In addition, The Dwelling Place can be heard each weekday morning on Calvary Radio Network.  Check the various schedule for your area by clicking here.

Where the Sheep love to eat
Where the Sheep love to eat

Our Approach

Our Story

In 2000 Pastor Jim Motshagen was called by God to Northwest Indiana to begin a home fellowship and assist  a Christian radio network in establishing  a local station licensed in Hanna IN. The home Bible study which emphasized verse by verse, book by book teaching  the became a church in 2002. We began meeting at the Banta Center in Valparaiso and then began to share a space at the home of Victory Christian Academy, and we have been meeting there ever since.

Our Story

The Leadership

The commitment of the leadership to minister to the folks at The Dwelling Place.  Our desire is to provide the full counsel of God.

Jim Motshagen

Founding & Senior Pastor

Jim and his wife Kathy have been serving at the Dwelling Place since it's start in 2002.

Pastor Jim has been pastoring since 1988 as a senior pastor at a denominational church in Henderson, Nevada. in 1995 becoming an assisting pastor to John Michaels at Calvary Chapel Spring Valley in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leaving Calvary Chapel Spring Valley for Northwest Indiana in 2000.

Willis Dickens

Pastoral Care

Willis and his wife Ginger have been a part of The Dwelling Place for over 8 years and have served the Lord at Bikers For Christ and other para church ministries.  God's calling on their lives are evident, Pastor Willis was recently ordained by The Dwelling Place to assist in Pastoral Care.

James Sullivan


James and his wife Kacy have been a part of The Dwelling Place for the past three years.  James' calling in his life is evident by his willingness to serve.