Rev. Maria Swearingen, Senior Co-Pastor
Maria is originally from Southeast Texas. She grew up in a bilingual household which connected her to both English and Spanish speaking congregations during her formative years. Maria graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University with a B.A. in psychology and religion. She then earned her M.Div. at Duke Divinity School in 2010, graduating magna cum laude, and was awarded the Jameson Jones Excellence in Preaching Award in 2010. Before coming to Calvary Maria worked in the chaplaincy program at Furman University, serving as the Associate University Chaplain, supporting 23 religious organizations, 13 affiliated Campus Ministers, and a host of university committees. Of all the work she did in Greenville, Maria is most proud of the work she did with a cohort of clergy to develop a year-long intensive training experience for religious leaders focused on dismantling white supremacy and racism. Email Maria
Rev. Sally Sarratt, Senior Co-Pastor
Despite majoring in religion as an undergraduate at Carson-Newman College, Sally’s path to ministry was meandering. After completing a two-year Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Global Service Corps missionary placement in New York City, Sally earned her MBA from the University of Virginia in 2002. She worked for several years as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble, then transitioned to Chief Operating Officer at an architectural firm. Ultimately, Sally could not ignore her call to ministry and decided to return to school, attending Emory University, where she earned her Master of Theological Studies in 2014 and the MTS Award for Excellence. Just before coming to Calvary, Sally split her time as an Associate Chaplain for Behavioral Health in the Greenville Health System and as Associate Minister at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (GUUC). Email Sally
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Dr. Cheryl Branham, Director of Music
Cheryl serves as Director of Music at Calvary. She is Founding Director of Chalice Singers and Chamber Orchestra at CBC. Previously she served as staff conductor at St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia, working with Director of Music and Liturgy, Paul Skevington. She continues to enjoy guest conducting opportunities with the St. Luke Choir and Chamber Orchestra, both in concert and for the ever popular Messiah Sing Along events.
For four seasons, she served as Assistant Conductor of The Washington Chorus (TWC) with Robert Shafer. She conducted the 200-voice chorus on the Kennedy Center Concert Hall stage and prepared the chorus for engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra. She directed TWC’s Outreach Singers, conducting concerts throughout the Metropolitan DC area in venues ranging from hospitals and hospices, nursing homes and retirement communities, to the National Cathedral, Willard Hotel, ambassador residences and embassies. Email Cheryl.
Rev. Erica Lea, Pastor in Residence
Erica is originally from Houston, Texas. Her favorite parts of church life are potlucks and handbells. Erica studied Behavioral Science at San Jacinto College, Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas A&M, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Truett Seminary at Baylor University. She has worked with churches in Wyoming, North Carolina, and Texas, and served as interim pastor of Houston Mennonite Church during the summer of 2014. Erica’s favorite teachers are Flannery O’Connor, Mary Magdalene, and Mollie Katzen. She enjoys cooking, blogging, and traveling.
Paul Rosstead, Church Administrator
Paul’s work at Calvary combines his experience in administration, technology, and facilities management with his love for congregations. He joined the staff as church administrator in December 2004. A native of Pittsburgh, Paul grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland. He earned a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before coming to Calvary, he was a member of the staff at National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., serving most recently as director of facilities and technology. Paul has been active in the various congregations of which he has been a member. He has served as trustee, elder, deacon, small group coordinator, and youth leader. Email Paul.
Rev. Elijah Zehyoue, Pastor in Residence
Elijah is a originally from Liberia, West Africa, but grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the age of 16, he experienced his call to ministry and has been active in various ministry settings ever since. Elijah has served at University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge on the Youth and Pastoral ministry leadership teams. He has also served for 4 years with Passport Summer Camps as a Bible Study leader, Missions Coordinator, Camp Pastor, and Director. Most recently, Elijah was the Director of Youth Programs at University Church in Hyde Park, Chicago. Elijah earned his B.A. in History, with honors: summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College and his M.Div from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is a big New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers football fan. Email Elijah.
Sabra Barrett, Communications/Administrative Assistant
Al Jeter, Building Supervisor
Al first came to Calvary in the late 1960s when he was a child. He was a long-time member of Calvary and began serving 1991. As a young teen, Al accepted Jesus at a revival in North Carolina, and his life ever since “has been a journey to serve my Lord Jesus.” Here at Calvary, Al feels he has been able to use his skills to serve Christ in his vocation. His prayer is that he can always serve Jesus in as many avenues as possible. Email Al.
Joseph John “JoJo” Andigsen, Facilities
Terry Greene, Facilities