Rev. Anne Jernberg Scalfaro
As Senior Pastor, Anne’s responsibilities include 1) Vision & Leadership, 2) Worship & Preaching, 3) Pastoral Care & Staff, and 4) Stewardship & Finance. That said, Anne practices a team approach to ministry; she is blessed to share in leadership with talented and dedicated staff and volunteers that balance her weaknesses with great strength. Anne began serving on the pastoral staff at Calvary in Sept. 2008 and was called as Senior Pastor in Jan. 2013.
Anne is a graduate of Austin College in Sherman, TX (B.A. Religion) and Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA (M.Div.) and was ordained to ministry in 2008 at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, TX following a two-year pastoral residency program. During her time at Harvard Div, she served as a Seminarian at the Memorial Church in Harvard Yard and as a CPE chaplain at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Anne loves good Tex-Mex, afternoon thunderstorms, and the word “y’all.” An introvert at heart, Anne enjoys learning, reading, poetry, travel, Netflix, game nights, and good coffee conversations. Her main spiritual and physical practice is yoga, and she is renewed by spending time outdoors with her husband, Damon, and their golden retriever, Deacon. They live in the Montclair area of Denver.
Anne believes that faith is a journey best shared in community; this is why she loves the local church: “My calling is to pastor a congregation through creative preaching, meaningful worship, nurturing presence, and servant leadership. Rooted in God’s faithfulness, empowered by Christ’s love, and sustained by the living Spirit, I understand the Christian church to be a mosaic of God’s people, a steward of God’s resources, and a beacon of God’s hope and justice to the local community and beyond.”
Rev. Morgan Caruthers Fletcher (she/her/hers)
Having been raised in Arvada, CO Morgan has found it a beautiful journey to return to the Denver area in June 2014 after being gone for 15 years. During the 15 years away from Denver, she attended Covenant Bible College in Strathmore, Alberta CAN before attending Baylor University where she earned a BA in Religion.
While in Waco for school Morgan found a love for the community work she was doing so she stayed committed to the Waco community and continued her education receiving a Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Master of Social Work in Community Practice from the Diana Garland School of Social Work at Baylor. Her graduate education focused on Congregational Social Work and connecting congregations to their surrounding community partners.
During her final years of graduate work, Morgan interned at Calvary Baptist Church - Washington DC as their Social Work Pastoral Intern. Morgan's call to Gospel ministry and the prophetic leadership at Calvary - DC resulted in her being called for ordination with them on July 8, 2012. Her denominational connections find their home with the Alliance of Baptists.
Following grad school, her first church appointment was at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin Texas. Morgan was hired at Calvary in June 2014 as the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults. In January 2017 her role changed to Pastor with focus areas on Mission and Outreach, Intergenerational Ministries, and Youth Ministry.
In addition to working at Calvary Morgan teaches as adjunct faculty at Iliff School of Theology, leads the Progressive Congregations Network at Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, and serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Juniper Formation.
An anchor in her life is the belief that the world is changed through stories and finds it to be a vital expression of communal change and peacemaking. Morgan finds self-care practices through spiritual direction, a good cup of coffee or tea, music, hiking, reading, and time with her family, dogs, and friends.
Rev. Alice Horner-Nelson
Alice is a recent arrival at Calvary. She began her work as the Pastor of Communications and The Gathering on Easter Sunday 2018. Her job is two-fold. First, she oversees all internal and external church communications, which includes all church publications (website, worship programs, prayer list, and promotional materials). Her job is to tell Calvary's story, and to streamline all information for members and guests. Second, she is a the designated pastor for Calvary's contemporary service called The Gathering on Sunday evenings. She coordinates worship planning, preaching and outreach for that service.
She received her Masters of Divinity from the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, GA where she also met her husband Matt, a fellow M.Div and Rev. who happens to be a very talented worship leader and pastor. Prior to Calvary, she has worked as a Communications Director, Minister to Students, and as a children's ministry associate. Her background in writing, journalism, and photography comes in handy as well. She hails from Baltimore, Maryland (but doesn't like crab sadly), and loves learning more about Colorado. She comes from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship world and is excited to connect with her new American Baptist network. She has two cats, Molly and Mary Todd. In her free time, she loves discovering new coffee shops, taking pictures, Skyping with her family of five siblings,reimagining the interior design of her apartment, and shopping.
Rev. Mary Armacost Hulst
Mary thinks of Calvary as her extended family in Denver and it has been that for the Hulst family since she and her husband, Jack and two sons, Douglas and Stephen, joined in 1977. Calvary is a place where deep relationships are nurtured. Those family-like connections continue to be a focus for her ministry. Mary joined the staff as a children's worker in l978, was commissioned as Minister of Christian Education in l980, Graduated from Iliff School of Theology in l985, Ordained at Calvary in l985, called as Senior Pastor in l993 and retired in 2006. Mary Served as President of American Baptist Churches USA in 2008-9 and was an officer of the denomination for 6 years. She now coordinates the program for an annual national gathering of American Baptist Women Pastors. She is currently serving at Calvary as a Pastoral Associate with a visitation ministry to home bound and residents of care facilities members.
Dr. David Farwig
Denise Lanning is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in organ performance. She has served churches in Kentucky, Ohio, Washington and Colorado as music director, choir director and organist.
Denise is active in the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where she is program coordinator for Southwest Regional Convention 2019 and chapter examination coordinator. She has been an adjudicator for the RCYO competitions (Regional Competition for Young Organists) and the Reuter/Augustana Arts Competition. She has authored a workbook titled In the Beginning......An Encounter with Improvisation at the Organ published by Wayne Leupold Editions. A strong advocate for continuing education, she studied for and earned the Guild’s Associate and Fellow certificates.
Denise lives in Denver with her husband John, who teaches here at Academy for Lifelong Learning, and is the proud mother of three sons, mother-in-law to three daughters-in-law, and is grandmother to four amazing grandchildren and an assortment of grandpets.
Angela has been at Calvary for 25 Years! Beginning her role as Children’s Ministry Coordinator September 2017. Angela has chosen to work at Calvary as the Children's Ministry Coordinator because there is nothing better than watching children develop in their faith, and finding indestructible joy and love in the Lord. There is nothing more wonderful than working alongside your own church family.
Becky has been a Preschool Paraeducator for Aurora Public Schools since 2014. She has also worked for the Cherry Creek School District in the special ed program and their "Before and After" Program from 2004-2017.
Becky has been a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church, attending since 1986 and becoming a member in 1996. She was married in at Calvary in 2012 and in 2014 dedicated her daughter Aliyah.
Becoming Calvary’s Nursery Coordinator in August 2017, she has enjoyed every minute of the work. She has such a passion for working with young kids, watching them grow and experience God's wonderful love.
Rev. Matt Nelson
Matt leads our worship for our contemporary service, The Gathering, on Sunday evenings. He coordinates our other musicians, chooses thematically appropriate songs, and handles our sound set-up.He holds a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology, a Bachelor's Degree in Religion from Emory University, and hails from Atlanta, Georgia.
Owen helps us with setting up for everyone who uses our church space, whether its the Calvary community or a rental. He also acts as on-site security when needed.
Marlys is one of Calvary's amazing volunteers. She coordinates all of the office volunteers, and oversees church records and other organizational tasks.
Bill is our amazing volunteer technology specialist! He helps us with network, internet, technology set-up, and other handyman issues.
Maggie is a wonderful weekly volunteer who helps our Accountant on Wednesdays with the extra work that comes with handling finances of Calvary.