Our Staff

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Rev. Hank Ellington, Associate Pastor

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Associate Pastor Hank Ellington was called to Calvary’s staff in May 1993 as Minister of Education. A Louisville native, Rev. Ellington did the bulk of his undergraduate work at Georgetown College before graduating from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Communications. He earned a Master of Arts degree at Lexington Theological Seminary.

Rev. Ellington has written more than seventy curriculum pieces for both the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and for Smyth & Helwys Publishing. He has served as a conference leader for the Southern Baptist Convention, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, and the Elkhorn Baptist Association. He served on the Governor’s Task Force for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency and has served on the Coordinating Council of the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. He currently serves on the Lexington Fayette County Urban County Government Senior Adult Advisory Council.

Hank and his wife Linda, also a Louisville native, met as Georgetown College students. They have been married for forty-seven years. Linda is retired after a teaching career in public and private schools. The Ellingtons have two daughters, Sarah Ellington Hicks (married to Drew), an attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Emily Ellington Robinson (married to Randy), a pediatric nurse practitioner serving in the UK Healthcare system. The Ellington’s have five grandchildren, Caroline, Avery, and Tucker Hicks and twins Harrison and Madeline Robinson.    

Among his responsibilities at Calvary are the teaching ministry of the church, staff supervision, administrative consultation, curriculum development, stewardship education, leading Bible studies for adults, periodic preaching, and the coordination of LOGOS a ministry created for older adults. Officially retired from thirty years of church softball, Hank enjoys golf, traveling, writing, and his lifelong secular passion – the Kentucky football Wildcats.

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Dr.Robert Browning, Interim Preacher

Dr. Browning, “Bob,” recently retired as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Frankfort. Bob has been preaching at the 8:30 and 11:00 services since March 10 and he will continue to serve during our interim time. Bob graduated from Western Kentucky University (1972) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1976, D. Min 1982). Bob and his wife, Jackie Blair, have been married for 49 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. Bob enjoys playing basketball, racquetball and exercising in the gym, golf (occasionally), reading and traveling. Bob is a dynamic speaker and brings great energy to the pulpit.

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Niki Hays, Minister to College Students and Young Adults

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A native Texan, Niki Hays was born and raised in Houston where she completed her undergraduate work at Houston Baptist University. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christianity and Speech, Niki went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Niki served as Minister of Education and Students at Monument Baptist Church in Deer Park, Texas for 19 years before being led to Calvary. She had the privilege of overseeing education from birth to senior adults. She served on the Board of Trustees for The Texas Baptist Home For Children.

Niki enjoys traveling, Mexican food (and all things spicy), and family nights at home. She is married to Ryan, a music teacher, and they have two children, Ryder and Karis.

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Dr. Richard "rick" Landon
Director of the Interfaith Counseling Center

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Dr. Richard Landon is the Director of the Interfaith Counseling Center, an affiliated ministry of Calvary Baptist Church.  He is a Pastoral Counselor (AAPC), Spiritual Director (SDI), Kentucky Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT), and Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Formation at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky.

He is a Member Care Counselor for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionary families in Western Europe. He works with many clergy and/or family members.

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Jordan Lindsey, Worship Leader (Early Service)/Music Associate

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Dr. Kevin Raybuck, Organist/Information Services Director

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Dr. Kevin Raybuck holds degrees from Asbury College and the University of Kentucky in piano and composition / theory. His organ teachers include Schuyler Robinson and Gerre Hancock (of Westminster fame). He is an active composer and arranger for Calvary and other ensembles. His compositions have been performed in Europe as well as the United States. A native of the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania area and ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 2009, he has served our Lord through Calvary since 1991.


Rev. Justin Sizemore, Youth Minister

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Justin is a native of Somerset, Kentucky and has been working in student ministry for over ten years. He has served as a Youth Intern, Interim Youth Minister, and College Ministry Intern at churches both here in Kentucky and in Georgia.

Justin is a graduate of Georgetown College where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He completed his seminary training at the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University where he obtained a Master of Divinity.

Justin is married to Abby Sizemore and they have two children, their daughter, Ann-Thomas Sizemore, and one fur-baby, Rosie.

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Rev. Carrie Beth Tonks, Minister of Childhood Education

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Carrie Beth was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Tennessee Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Following college she attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she received a Master of Arts in Religious Education.

After seminary Carrie Beth served in two churches in Texas: First Baptist Church, The Colony and First Baptist Church, Abilene. Carrie Beth has served as Calvary's Minister of Childhood Education since September 1993.

In addition to serving as a minister at Calvary, Carrie Beth enjoys leading children’s ministry conferences. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading and cooking. Carrie Beth and her husband Ken have two sons, Andrew and Benjamin.

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Rev. Brian Varble, Minister of Missions and Recreation

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I have served Calvary for 18 years.  It has been a blast. My first 10 years I was the Minister of  Youth.  The past 8 years I served as the Minister of Missions and Recreation.  I have been blessed to serve an amazing church.  Through Calvary, God has gifted me with many adventures and stories of how much God loves us.  I am thankful to be part of God's plan at Calvary Baptist.

I have been married to Tammy for 27 years.  We met her second week at Cumberland College (University of the Cumberlands).  We have two sons, Brandon, age 23 (a CPA and Western Kentucky University alum) and Andrew, age 20 (Samford University).  We enjoy life together.  We go on trips and still play games (mainly whiffle ball) in the backyard.

I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and supporting the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bengals (I understand the paradox.)


SUPPORT STAFF

Joni Breeding, Email
Pastor's Assistant
(Weddings, Deacons, Baptism, Facilities Scheduling, Calendar)

Beverly Chavez, Email
Children’s Assistant
Communications

Ken Connors, Maintenance Supervisor

Melinda Kelly,
Financial Assistant

Ed Lynch, Email
Business Administrator

Ann McKinley,   Email
Mother's Day Out Director   

Susan Scott, Email
Monday & Tuesday Receptionist

Orislava Skoroplyas,
Food Service Director

Joye Smith,
Women's Ministry Director

Scott Thurman,
ROC Assistant

Tyanna White, Email
Associate Pastor's Assistant
(Connections Newsletter, Parking, Supplies, Sunday School Materials)