Rev. Maria Swearingen, Senior Co-Pastor (She/Her)
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 (She/Her)
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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Rev. Elijah Zehyoue, Associate Pastor (He/Him)
Elijah is 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 including his home church of University Baptist in Baton Rouge and University Church in Hyde Park, Chicago. Elijah’s ministry is focused on racial justice, public theology, and prophetic consciousness. Elijah curates programming around his central belief that the primary purpose of the church is to be a hub of education, advocacy, and spiritual transformation for the whole society. Elijah earned his B.A. in History, with honors: summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College, his M.Div from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and he is currently pursing a Ph.D. in African Diaspora History with a concentration in religion and politics at Howard University. Email Elijah.
Zack Eccleston, Operations and Communications Coordinator (He/They)
Zack grew up outside of Atlanta, but has called Nashville home for his adult life until moving to DC in 2020 to join Calvary. After earning a B.A. in Worship Ministry at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Zack continued down the street to Vanderbilt University where he earned his MTS, receiving honors on his thesis concerning the lives of young queer believers in unaffirming environments. In between and since, Zack has worked in operations and as a barista, learning a lot more about working with people than either buildings or coffee along the way. Even so, he has found himself inevitably intersected with the church and theology, always being drawn back into beautiful community and faith and life at every turn. Email Zack.
Sabra Barrett, Communications/Administrative Assistant (She/Her)
Al Jeter, Building Supervisor (He/Him)
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 (He/Him)
Terry Greene, Facilities (He/Him)