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, Pastoral Resident
Erica is originally from Houston, Texas. Her favorite places to go growing up, and still are, the library and church! 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.
Rev. Edgar Palacios, Associate Pastor of Christian Education
Hailing from El Salvador, Rev. Palacios received his bachelor degrees in Theology and in Sociology, and a Masters in Social Science from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Mexico. He was a co-founder of the National Council of Churches in El Salvador and served as its Executive Director for three years. Rev. Palacios was also the general coordinator for peace during the years of fratricidal bloodshed in El Salvador.
At Calvary, Rev. Palacios also serves as missionary pastor for the Latino fellowship at Calvary as well as in the greater Washington, DC area. His greatest interest at this time is continuing to build up the church upon Jesus Christ, a church with healthy growth, which invites individuals and families into a deepening personal relationship with Jesus Christ. For more information about Calvary’s Latino community, email Pastor Edgar.
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.
Jac Whatley, Manager of Interim Operations
Jac is a native of North Carolina, and a life-long Baptist. He is a lawyer (honorably retired!) and non-profit manager who has been a college vice president, church administrator, and Red Cross chapter director. Jac and his wife, Kathy, met acting in college theatre and have been married 37 years. Daughter Katie is in Asheville, NC with her husband Chad and son, Ryder. Son Michael is in Louisville, KY with the Actor’s Theatre. Jac majored in English and Theatre Arts at Wake Forest University and went to law school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has been a deacon and committee chair at several churches.
Jac is a volunteer at the Folger Shakespeare Library here in Washington, and continues to have avid interests in theatre, history and gardening. Email Jac.
Rev. Elijah Zehyoue, Pastoral Resident
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.
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.