Bret Laird became the Senior Pastor of Calvary Bible Church in December of 2017. He is a graduate of The Master's University (B.A. Biblical Counseling) and The Master's Seminary (M.Div. Expository Preaching). During seminary, he was mentored by Professor C.W. Smith as they served together at Arcadia Bible Church, and then became Interim Pastor after Dr. Smith was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After graduation, he served in Ukraine for 11 years as a missionary with Slavic Gospel Association, 2 years teaching courses at The Master’s University while also assisting with the development of The Master’s Academy International, and 2 years as the Executive Assistant to Dr. Robert Provost at SGA. Bret and Katey have four children: Aleithea, Timothy, Titus, and Anastasia. His passion is the “Vision of a 100 Visions”—mobilizing and equipping every member of Calvary Bible Church for maximum gospel impact for the glory of Christ.
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Senior Associate and Outreach Pastor
Jeff Whitaker joined the staff in 2007 to provide leadership in mobilizing the membership of Calvary to declare God’s glory among all nations. Jeff served 26 years with SEND International in church planting in Taiwan and in mission leadership. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Western Michigan University and an Master of Arts in Missions from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jeff and his wife, Linda, have two sons: Ryan and Eric. Jeff’s hobbies include sailing, swimming and canoeing. One of his favorite passages of Scripture is Isaiah 6:1-8.
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Next Generation Pastor
Justin McCoy first joined the staff at Calvary on an interim basis in February 2011 and now serves as our High School and Young Adult Pastor. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Seminary from Cedarville University and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Masters of Religious Education from Liberty Theological Seminary. Justin and his wife, Katie, have one son, Haddon, and a dog, Sage. He enjoys sports, reading, coffee, spending time with students and spending time with family. Justin's favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 3:5.
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Home Life Pastor
Jeremy Willetts joined the staff in 2006 as the Middle School Director shortly after he graduated from Cedarville University with a Pre-Seminary & Bible Degree. He now serves as our Youth and Families Pastor. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Kelly, have four children: Jackson, Bria, Piper and Ruby. Jeremy loves sports of all kinds, collecting old video games and spending time with his family. His favorite passage of Scripture is John 3:16–18.
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Elders & Deacons
“Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2–3)
Calvary Bible Church is led by biblically qualified elders and deacons. The New Testament makes it clear that elders were appointed to lead and shepherd local churches. These men were to lead well, to lead the flock by example, and to meet the rigorous qualities and character of 1 Timothy 3:1–13 and Titus 1:5–9. Deacons carry out the various tasks allotted to them by the elders and also provide leadership in various areas of service in order to free up the elders to concentrate on their responsibilities.
Tony Givhan, Chairman
Sam Logan, Vice-Chairman
Randy St. John
Mark Meulendyk, Chairman
Russ Smith, Vice-Chairman