Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Pastor
Pastor Amy has served as Senior Pastor at Calvary since 2003. Her job is to lead the congregation in faithful response to the direction of God’s Spirit . . . which has often taken this church places it never expected! Pastor Amy holds degrees from Baylor University (BA ‘91, MA ‘96); The International Baptist Theological Seminary (BDiv ‘95); and Wesley Theological Seminary (DMin ‘09). Before coming to Calvary Amy worked with the homeless community in New Orleans, and served as Associate Pastor at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. Pastor Amy holds the deep conviction that the institutional church can be part of bringing in the Kingdom of God here and now, and she feels extraordinarily fortunate to walk the journey of faith these days with Christ-followers at Calvary who feel the same. In her free time she loves to travel, read, garden, and write. She often comments on faith and life in general on her blog, Talk With the Preacher. You can also read her columns every two weeks on the Associated Baptist Press. Wondering about Calvary, interested in conversations about faith, or just looking for a great cup of coffee? She’ll happily join you—feel free to contact her. Email Amy.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Smith, Ministry Assistant, Youth Director and Pastoral Intern (Fall-Spring, 2013-2014)
Jason became Youth Director at Calvary in March 2010 and he’s had fun mentoring the youth ever since! He oversees the administration and leadership of the youth ministry at Calvary and keeps the youth involved with mission projects, weekly activities, and spiritual retreats. Jason grew up in Costa Rica where his parents served as Baptist missionaries. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas in 2008 and worked as an intern with the Baptist Joint Committee after college. He has also worked as a freelance Spanish translator and a personal attendant to a student with cerebral palsy. Jason and his wife Myra moved to the Parkview neighborhood in 2009 and Myra is a PhD student in African History at Howard University. They both enjoy gardening and hiking, and they love the show “Modern Family.”
Myra Houser, Communications Coordinator (Temporary, part-time)
Myra 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.
Trey Sullivan, Spiritual Formation Coordinator (Temporary, part-time)
Trey 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.
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
Mohamed Hassan, Facilities
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.