Leadership

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

Pastor Dan and his wife Jo Linda came to Calvary Church in July of 2010, and he serves as the Executive Pastor. He graduated from both Calvary Bible College and Trinity Theological Seminary and has over 30 years of pastoral experience. 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. While at Calvary, Dan has led missions trips to Honduras, New York City, the Philippines, and Los Angeles. He is currently working on a trip to Montreal and has authored two books, The Christ in Christian and Poetry by a Pastor.

Contact: dan@calvarysouthgate.org

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

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

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.

Billy C. Walker - Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Billy C. Walker pastored Calvary Baptist Church for over 30 years. He still continues his effective ministry at Calvary. He is also the Program Director for the Downriver Prayer Breakfast, and is 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, of which Pastor Billy is still Chairman.