“This Sunday at Calvary”

Next Service: Sunday, August 31, 2014

Join us at 11:00 am

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Rev. Allyson Robinson, Transitional Pastor

Robinson Allyson

A nationally respected, award winning social entrepreneur and change strategist, Allyson Dylan Robinson has built a career advising and leading organizations on the vanguard of social good. She is founder and principal of Warrior Poet Strategies, a Washington, DC based consulting firm advising select clients in organizational design, diversity and inclusion, and social and civic entrepreneurship. Previously, she led internal and external diversity initiatives at the Human Rights Campaign and was the first transgender person to lead a national LGBT organization as executive director of OutServe-SLDN.

A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Allyson is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she majored in physics. After receiving her commission as an officer in the U.S. Army, she commanded PATRIOT missile units in the United States, Germany and Saudi Arabia. She also worked as a senior trainer and evaluator for NATO and advised the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. She resigned her commission in 1999 to pursue a calling to pastoral ministry, serving as pastor-teacher to multi-cultural, multi-generational congregations on two continents. She earned a master of divinity degree in theology with a capstone emphasis in social justice from Baylor University in 2007.

Allyson lives with her wife Danyelle and their four children in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, email Pastor Allyson.

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

Erica Lea, Pastoral Resident

Lea EricaErica 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 community quality time. 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 for a Mennonite congregation in Houston during the summer of 2014.

Erica’s favorite teachers are Flannery O’Connor, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and Mollie Katzen. She enjoys cooking, blogging, and traveling. Erica blogs at olgaproverbs31.wordpress.com. Email Erica.

Elijah Zehyoue, Pastoral Resident

Zehyoue Elijah

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.

Dr. Cheryl Branham, Director of Music

cheryl2Cheryl 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.

Paul Rosstead, Church Administrator

Paul-1024x819Paul’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.


Myra Houser, Communications Coordinator (Temporary, part-time)

Houser Bio PicMyra manages Calvary’s social media connections and assists with web content development and production.  Though she quasi-scientifically describes herself as an introvert, she enjoys harnessing the power of the internet to connect people.  In that capacity, she has worked in public relations and social media development for a variety of small nonprofits and educational institutions and occasionally still blogs and shares work at dumbinthedistrict.com.  In addition to her communications work, she is quite a history buff–particularly when it comes to learning about famous Calvary-ites like Warren G Harding, Charles Evans Hughes, Brooks Hayes, or the women of the Burrall class–and expects to receive a PhD in African History from Howard University in May, 2014.  Myra grew up as the child of missionaries in Botswana and Namibia and has enjoyed the opportunity to connect her personal history with that of a region she often calls home.  Since moving to the United States at the turn of the millennium, she’s lived in Texas, Arkansas, Virginia, and now the District.  She resides in Parkview with her husband Jason, their adorable dog, and demonic cat.  As a Washingtonian, she cheers for the Nationals but will always and forever be a Dallas Cowboys fan.  After all, they’re going to win the Superbowl any day now. Email Myra.

Trey Sullivan, Spiritual Formation Coordinator (Temporary, part-time)

Trey Sullivan Bio PicTrey is responsible for organizing small group and spiritual formation opportunities at Calvary. In his free time, Trey works in Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies as the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program. Trey earned an M.Div in Pastoral Care from the McAfee School of Theology, and he completed a chaplaincy residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in 2012. Trey is one half of Treyson, the famed Calvary musical duo, and he’s obsessed with James Taylor and Jamie Oliver (working to write songs and perform just like JT!) Trey and his wife Andi live in Cleveland Park, right across the street from a permanent construction zone. Email Trey.

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  ”JoJo” Andigsen, Facilities

Email JoJo. 

Mohamed Hassan, Facilities

CIMG0170 (1)I came to the United States in February 2010 as an immigrant with my lovely wife Maha. I joined CBC’s facility service staff in April 2010. In my free time, you will find me either at the playground having fun with my two year old daughter Wetein, playing soccer or watching a soccer match at home. I am also a UDC part time student. Email Mohamed. 

Mohamed Dawood, Facilities


Janice Glover, Facilities