Ministry Staff

Name: Rev. Randy Reese Staff Position: Co-Directing Pastor What do you do at Calvary?: I am privileged to preach, to teach, to administer the sacraments, to nurture, to heal, to gather the community in worship, and to send them forth in witness. I am charged with the leadership of the people of God through the ministries of Service, Word, Sacrament, and Order. The Church's ministry of service is a primary representation of God's love. In a general yet somewhat concise manner, through my personal faith in Christ and my commitment to him as Savior and Lord, I nurture and cultivate the spiritual disciplines and patterns of holiness, teach and model generous Christian living and giving, give my myself completely to ministry following Jesus' pattern of love and service, communicate the Christian faith in both oral and written form, lead the whole church in loving service to humankind, be a person in whom the community can place trust and confidence, accept the Scripture as containing all things necessary for salvation through faith in God through Jesus Christ, and lead the church in making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. My wife Debbie and I share the role of Co-pastors at Calvary UMC, having been appointed by Bishop Jonathan A. Keaton to serve God at this church. Favorite Food: Steak Favorite Film: The Ten Commandments Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16, Proverbs 3:3-6 Email Randy 

Name: Rev. Randy Reese
Staff Position: Co-Directing Pastor
What do you do at Calvary?: I am privileged to preach, to teach, to administer the sacraments, to nurture, to heal, to gather the community in worship, and to send them forth in witness. I am charged with the leadership of the people of God through the ministries of Service, Word, Sacrament, and Order. The Church's ministry of service is a primary representation of God's love. In a general yet somewhat concise manner, through my personal faith in Christ and my commitment to him as Savior and Lord, I nurture and cultivate the spiritual disciplines and patterns of holiness, teach and model generous Christian living and giving, give my myself completely to ministry following Jesus' pattern of love and service, communicate the Christian faith in both oral and written form, lead the whole church in loving service to humankind, be a person in whom the community can place trust and confidence, accept the Scripture as containing all things necessary for salvation through faith in God through Jesus Christ, and lead the church in making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
My wife Debbie and I share the role of Co-pastors at Calvary UMC, having been appointed by Bishop Jonathan A. Keaton to serve God at this church.
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Film: The Ten Commandments
Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16, Proverbs 3:3-6
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Name: Rev. Debbie Reese Staff Position: Co-Directing Pastor What do you do at Calvary?: I have the honor of leading the congregation to fulfill God's calling for Calvary as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I do this through preaching, teaching, visioning, encouraging, and most importantly, growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ in my own life. I have the joy of sharing the role of co-pastor with my husband, Randy Reese, and working with a wonderful team of ministry partners to lead us all to become more faithful disciples of Jesus through worship, wisdom, and works. Favorite Food: Anything Chocolate! Favorite Film: Mr. Holland's Opus Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:4-7; Philippians 4:12 Email Debbie

Name: Rev. Debbie Reese
Staff Position: Co-Directing Pastor
What do you do at Calvary?: I have the honor of leading the congregation to fulfill God's calling for Calvary as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I do this through preaching, teaching, visioning, encouraging, and most importantly, growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ in my own life. I have the joy of sharing the role of co-pastor with my husband, Randy Reese, and working with a wonderful team of ministry partners to lead us all to become more faithful disciples of Jesus through worship, wisdom, and works.
Favorite Food: Anything Chocolate!
Favorite Film: Mr. Holland's Opus
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:4-7; Philippians 4:12
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Name: Dr. Isaac Gaff Staff Position: Managing Director of Worship and Creative Arts What do you do at Calvary?: I have the privilege of shepherding both our worship design process and those who serve in our worship services. These include musicians, visual artists, technical and media artists – anyone who shares gifts in worship for the building up of the church. Favorite Food: Anything with peanut butter Favorite Film: A Late Quartet Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 11:33-12:2 Email Isaac

Name: Dr. Isaac Gaff
Staff Position: Managing Director of Worship and Creative Arts
What do you do at Calvary?: I have the privilege of shepherding both our worship design process and those who serve in our worship services. These include musicians, visual artists, technical and media artists – anyone who shares gifts in worship for the building up of the church.
Favorite Food: Anything with peanut butter
Favorite Film: A Late Quartet
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 11:33-12:2
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Name: Ray Slaubaugh Staff Position: Managing Director of Operations What do you do at Calvary?: Handle all the business operations of the church. Favorite Food: Seafood Favorite Film: National Lampoons Vacation Favorite Bible Verse: First Corinthians 13 Email Ray

Name: Ray Slaubaugh
Staff Position: Managing Director of Operations
What do you do at Calvary?: Handle all the business operations of the church.
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Film: National Lampoons Vacation
Favorite Bible Verse: First Corinthians 13
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Name: Lori Short Staff Position: Managing Director of Family Ministry What do you do at Calvary?: I oversee Calvary programs for birth through 12th graders (KidVenture, Student Ministries, Kid Connection Preschool and Mom2Mom), working closely with the directors of each program. I also directly design KidVenture Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade programs, creating opportunities for kids to experience God working in their lives! I love having the opportunity to partner with kids and families as we all grow to know Jesus more!  Favorite Food: Brownies Favorite Film: Shawshank Redemption Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 Email Lori

Name: Lori Short
Staff Position: Managing Director of Family Ministry
What do you do at Calvary?: I oversee Calvary programs for birth through 12th graders (KidVenture, Student Ministries, Kid Connection Preschool and Mom2Mom), working closely with the directors of each program. I also directly design KidVenture Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade programs, creating opportunities for kids to experience God working in their lives! I love having the opportunity to partner with kids and families as we all grow to know Jesus more! 
Favorite Food: Brownies
Favorite Film: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7
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Name: Eli Shermer Staff Position: Assistant Director of Worship and Media/Production Arts What do you do at Calvary?: I work with Isaac and our worship volunteers to design, create, coordinate, and implement media and production elements of worship at Calvary. Favorite Food: Chinese Food Favorite Film: Lord of the Rings Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 12:1-3 Email Eli

Name: Eli Shermer
Staff Position: Assistant Director of Worship and Media/Production Arts
What do you do at Calvary?: I work with Isaac and our worship volunteers to design, create, coordinate, and implement media and production elements of worship at Calvary.
Favorite Food: Chinese Food
Favorite Film: Lord of the Rings
Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 12:1-3
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Name: Mary Harsh Staff Position: Assistant Director of KidVenture What do you do at Calvary?: I have the privilege of partnering with parents and grandparents in sharing the love of Christ with kids.  Favorite Food: Spaghetti Favorite Film: Toy Story Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 Email Mary

Name: Mary Harsh
Staff Position: Assistant Director of KidVenture
What do you do at Calvary?: I have the privilege of partnering with parents and grandparents in sharing the love of Christ with kids. 
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Favorite Film: Toy Story
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6
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Name: Tina Carby Staff Position: Nursery Coordinator What do you do at Calvary?: I'm responsible for scheduling, training and overseeing nursery care at the church.  Favorite Food: Crab Legs Favorite Film: The John Hugh's Classics Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 121:1-2 Email Tina

Name: Tina Carby
Staff Position: Nursery Coordinator
What do you do at Calvary?: I'm responsible for scheduling, training and overseeing nursery care at the church. 
Favorite Food: Crab Legs
Favorite Film: The John Hugh's Classics
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 121:1-2
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Name: Michael Pitzer Staff Position: Director of Student Ministries What do you do at Calvary?: I am privileged to oversee Calvary's junior and senior high youth ministries.  Everyday is different and can consist of mentoring over coffee or icecream, playing volleyball or basketball, going to a soccer game or school play, teaching and preaching, event planning as well as many other things! The best part of my job is getting to journey alongside our awesome and passionate youth as they come to know Jesus!   Favorite Food: Steak and Desserts! Favorite Film: Star Wars (4-6) Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 51:7-12 Email Michael

Name: Michael Pitzer
Staff Position: Director of Student Ministries
What do you do at Calvary?: I am privileged to oversee Calvary's junior and senior high youth ministries.  Everyday is different and can consist of mentoring over coffee or icecream, playing volleyball or basketball, going to a soccer game or school play, teaching and preaching, event planning as well as many other things! The best part of my job is getting to journey alongside our awesome and passionate youth as they come to know Jesus!  
Favorite Food: Steak and Desserts!
Favorite Film: Star Wars (4-6)
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 51:7-12
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Name: Laura Burke Staff Position: Assistant Director of Student Ministries What do you do at Calvary?: I minister over the junior high students here at Calvary and create opportunities for them to encounter Jesus in authentic ways.   Favorite Food: Anything Mexican Favorite Film: Remember the Titans Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 37:4 Email Laura

Name: Laura Burke
Staff Position: Assistant Director of Student Ministries
What do you do at Calvary?: I minister over the junior high students here at Calvary and create opportunities for them to encounter Jesus in authentic ways.  
Favorite Food: Anything Mexican
Favorite Film: Remember the Titans
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 37:4
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Name: Val Funk Staff Position: Preschool Director What do you do at Calvary?: I am responsible for the day to day operation of the preschool including religious content, curriculum, accreditation & licensing standards, Preschool staff, Preschool children, and Preschool families. Favorite Food: Pizza Favorite Film: Argo Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 25:21 Email Val

Name: Val Funk
Staff Position: Preschool Director
What do you do at Calvary?: I am responsible for the day to day operation of the preschool including religious content, curriculum, accreditation & licensing standards, Preschool staff, Preschool children, and Preschool families.
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Film: Argo
Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 25:21
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Name: Rev. Dr. Ray Owens Staff Position: Pastor of Visitation What do you do at Calvary?: I am privileged to be serving as the Pastor of Visitation at Calvary UMC.  I make hospital, nursing home, and home visits to members and friends of our church family.  I am also available to assist Pastors Randy & Debbie in any other way that would help them.  Favorite Food: home-made lasagna Favorite Film: Blues Brothers Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:28 Email Ray  

Name: Rev. Dr. Ray Owens
Staff Position: Pastor of Visitation
What do you do at Calvary?: I am privileged to be serving as the Pastor of Visitation at Calvary UMC.  I make hospital, nursing home, and home visits to members and friends of our church family.  I am also available to assist Pastors Randy & Debbie in any other way that would help them. 
Favorite Food: home-made lasagna
Favorite Film: Blues Brothers
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:28
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Name: Amanda Nesby Staff Position: Congregational Care Coordinator What do you do at Calvary?: I help keep track of our guests and members using our database. I manage the prayer chain and follow up with families needing prayer and assist them with various other needs as well. I help connect people with community agencies as needed. I also help people get involved in service opportunities, membership and baptism. I am what you might call the "Calvary Social Worker." People come to me with their questions and I help them get connected to the area they need.  Favorite Food: Sushi Favorite Film: Selena Favorite Bible Verse: John 16:33 Email Amanda

Name: Amanda Nesby
Staff Position: Congregational Care Coordinator
What do you do at Calvary?: I help keep track of our guests and members using our database. I manage the prayer chain and follow up with families needing prayer and assist them with various other needs as well. I help connect people with community agencies as needed. I also help people get involved in service opportunities, membership and baptism. I am what you might call the "Calvary Social Worker." People come to me with their questions and I help them get connected to the area they need. 
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Film: Selena
Favorite Bible Verse: John 16:33
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Name: Angie Bicknell Staff Position: Office Coordinator What do you do at Calvary?: Handle all office responsibilities and scheduling of church calendar.  Favorite Food: Cream Cheese Favorite Film: To Kill A Mockingbird Favorite Bible Verse: Mark 11:24 Email Angie

Name: Angie Bicknell
Staff Position: Office Coordinator
What do you do at Calvary?: Handle all office responsibilities and scheduling of church calendar. 
Favorite Food: Cream Cheese
Favorite Film: To Kill A Mockingbird
Favorite Bible Verse: Mark 11:24
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Name: Sharyl Jennings Staff Position: Receptionist/Volunteer Coordinator What do you do at Calvary?: I welcome guests to the church, answer the phone and direct callers to the appropriate staff member, coordinate hospitality volunteers, and record attendance.  Favorite Food: Chocolate Favorite Film: Sleepless in Seattle Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 26:3 Email Sharyl

Name: Sharyl Jennings
Staff Position: Receptionist/Volunteer Coordinator
What do you do at Calvary?: I welcome guests to the church, answer the phone and direct callers to the appropriate staff member, coordinate hospitality volunteers, and record attendance. 
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Film: Sleepless in Seattle
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 26:3
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Name: Larry Gamblin Staff Position: Director of Building and Grounds What do you do at Calvary?: Oversee maintenance and operation of the Building and Grounds and direct the custodial staff with cleaning of the building. Monitoring and repairs all the systems to keep building in operation, the grounds upkeep including the the mowing and parking lot. This also includes doing some repairs.  Favorite Food: Pizza Favorite Film: None Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23:1 Email Larry

Name: Larry Gamblin
Staff Position: Director of Building and Grounds
What do you do at Calvary?: Oversee maintenance and operation of the Building and Grounds and direct the custodial staff with cleaning of the building. Monitoring and repairs all the systems to keep building in operation, the grounds upkeep including the the mowing and parking lot. This also includes doing some repairs. 
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Film: None
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23:1
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Name: Kassandra Willoughby Staff Position: Accountant What do you do at Calvary?: Accounting  Favorite Food: all things potato Favorite Film: The Great Gatsby Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Email Kassandra

Name: Kassandra Willoughby
Staff Position: Accountant
What do you do at Calvary?: Accounting 
Favorite Food: all things potato
Favorite Film: The Great Gatsby
Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17
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