Leadership

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Billy Walker - Lead Pastor

Our Lead Pastor, Billy Walker, is the son of the previous pastor and the grandson of the founding pastor. After marrying his high school sweetheart and graduating from College with a music degree, he traveled across the U.S. with Laurie and his brother, Craig as the trio, "One Voice." After some personal loss, and increasing speaking opportunities where God used his message in a unique way, he and Laurie both felt the Lord leading them into more of a home-based ministry. Having served as part-time minister of music for a number of years, Billy quickly made the transition into his new role and became the Lead Pastor in 2006. He also serves as the Vice President of the Billy Walker Evangelistic Association and Hiawatha Youth Camp, and as the President of the Pastor's Conference for the SBC in Michigan. Billy & Laurie have two adult daughters, Whitney and Kaylie, and a son-in-law, Eric.

Contact: billy@calvarysouthgate.org


Dan russell - executive pastor

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Pastor Dan and his wife Jo Linda came to Calvary Church in June of 2010 and he serves as our Executive Pastor. He graduated from Calvary Bible College, Trinity Theological Seminary, and Bethany Divinity School, having earned a doctorate in Biblical Studies. He has over 40 years of ministry experience as a pastor, professor, counselor, and chaplain. Pastor Dan is our Life Group and Men's Ministry small group coordinator. He oversees the church counseling center, pastoral care ministry, and various other ministries. Each year, he leads a mission trip to a different part of the country or the world. Recent mission trips include Honduras, New York City, the Philippines, Los Angeles, Peru, and Montreal. Pastor Dan has authored three books, The Christ In Christian, Poetry by a Pastor, and Bible Basics You can check out his web site at www.pastordanrussell.com

Contact: dan@calvarysouthgate.org


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Eric Croft - Student Ministries Director / Community Development

Eric began work with Calvary in the spring of 2017 as the Community Development Pastor, growing relationships and streamlining Calvary’s tech and digital outreach. At the beginning of the following school year he was also given the role of Student Ministries Director where he gets to interact with middle school and high school students on a regular basis and show them how much Jesus cherishes them. He is a graduate of Taylor University where he met his wife, Kaylie and earned a degree in Biblical Literature and Christian Educational Ministries.

Contact: eric@calvarysouthgate.org


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Kaylie Croft - Worship Ministries Director

While Kaylie joined the Calvary staff in 2017, her roots are deep having grow up within the Calvary community here in Southgate as a fourth generation Walker to work with Calvary. Kaylie serves as the Worship Ministries Director where she organizes music on Sunday mornings, develops the musicians she serves with and strives to grow the communal understanding of worshiping God. She also is highly active in CSM, where she works with her husband, Eric. Kaylie graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Church Music and has extensive music teaching and worship leading experience.

Contact: kaylie@calvarysouthgate.org


Jack Van acker - Assistant Pastor

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Jack Van Acker is our Assistant Pastor. He has been at Calvary since he was five years old. He is a graduate of Detroit Bible College with a Masters in Religious Seminary Education. He and his wife Donna spent two years in Trinidad as a missionary. Upon their return, he spent 14 years as a Pastor in Northern Michigan. In 1997, he was asked to come help at Calvary for the summer, and he has been back ever since. Pastor Jack has received credentials to be a First Responder Chaplain, able to respond with Spiritual assistance in local and national emergency situations. He leads our discipleship class and helps lead small groups and pastoral care ministries.

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Gerardo Sanchez - Iglesia el Calvario

Gerardo Sanchez and his family have been an incredible piece of our Calvary family for years. Now he, along with some other incredible people, is starting Iglesia El Calvario - a full Spanish ministry within Calvary Church. Iglesio El Calvario begins May 5th, 2019 at Calvary Church. Along with this ministry, Gerardo also is a part of NAMB’s pipeline development program to develop his skills and understanding in ministry and service.

Contact: gerardo@calvarysouthgate.org

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Jeremy Schlehuber - Student Ministry Intern

Serving at Hiawatha Youth Camp for six years, ministry had been a part of Jeremy’s life for a while. Now, Jeremy serves Calvary Student Ministry in a more official capacity, growing in his leadership, mentoring the kids and almost always wins at ping pong. Jeremy grew up in Downriver and has been a part of the Calvary family for nine years and brings a lot of energy to CSM and Calvary as a whole. He also is actively a part of the NAMB Pipeline program to develop church leaders.

Contact: jeremy@calvarysouthgate.org

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Billy C. Walker (1937 - 2018) - Pastor Emeritus

Our church family is still mourning his recent passing and we are incredibly thankful for everything he did for Calvary & HYC and for the love he gave everyone he encountered.

Pastor Billy C. Walker pastored Calvary Baptist Church for over 30 years. He was the Program Director for the Downriver Prayer Breakfast, and was the leader of the Southgate Pastors’ Meeting, as well as the Southgate Leadership Meeting. Billy C. Walker served as the founder and Director of Hiawatha Youth Camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for over 40 years. Hiawatha Camp and Conference Center welcomes the best speakers, musicians, and hundreds of guest each summer. It ministers under the Billy Walker Evangelistic Association.