our staff

Our Leadership Team

Our staff is dedicated to the mission and ministry of Calvary. We see ourselves not as the “doers” of ministry – but rather as “equippers” of ministry.


Mike McCormick

Lead Pastor

Mike was hired as Lead Pastor in November 2014 and brings to Calvary a unique style of Team Leadership and Development. We’re excited about this new season and look forward to the growth initiatives and ministry opportunities.


Debbie Blanton

Ministry Assistant

Debbie is our gifted and dedicated front office general for the school and church.  Need something? Debbie can get it. Lost something? Debbie can find it!  She is a wonderful and indispensable servant of Christ, and we are so thankful that she is part of our team. Debbie is married to Russ, and they have two grown children – David & Emily.



Kelly Brandenburg

Mission’s Team Assistant Team Leader

Kelly has been at Calvary for over 20+ years and has been a faithful servant as a deacon and in other ministry areas. He previously worked as the Camp Director for Bluegrass Christian Camp along with his sweet wife Karen for many years. He has been involved in missions almost all of his life. He developed long term relationships with the missions that we sponsor at Calvary and has visited most of them at their locations. He is known to fill in as a preacher in numerous churches in Winchester and is…

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…the epitome of a true servant heart. Kelly and Karen have one daughter Stephanie and a sweet sheltie dog.

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James Bush

Youth Pastor

James married up when he married his wife, Randa. They have a wonderfully full-of-personality toddler, named Ryleigh, who lights up any room she inhabits. Bella the Schnauzer and Lucy the Schnoodle round out the family. James holds his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and is passionate about scripture and connecting people to it in meaningful ways. He is also dedicated to seeing our middle and high school students fully become who God created them to be.


Chris Campbell

Lead Production Manager

Chris currently oversees the technical and production ministries of the church as well as serving as part of the Creative Arts Team with the worship bands. He originally came to Calvary in 2010 and began volunteering as guitarist with the worship team at Redwing. In 2013, Chris helped launch the Mt. Carmel Campus as the worship leader and served that congregation for over two years. Eventually, he returned to the Redwing campus to help with the production and worship…

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…needs of our services there. In early 2016, he became the lead audio engineer and has helped set up all of the sound systems and train volunteers. In August of 2016, he accepted the position to be the Lead Production Manager to oversee all of the various team members at Redwing and coordinate with the worship leaders and campus pastors at other capuses with training and production resources. Chris works as a Systems Administrator for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the University of Kentucky. He is married to his wife Lindsey, who teaches in Clark County, and has 2 daughters: LauraKate and EmmaClaire.

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Chris Carpenter

Facilities/Grounds Manager

Chris is currently the dude who takes care of “our Father’s house.” He previously served as a Deacon here at Calvary, and he is a regular member of our worship team. Chris is busy cleaning the facility, fixing what’s broken, and building teams of volunteers to help us take better care of our facility, which gets LOTS and LOTS of use. Since taking responsibility for our facilities Chris has been creating new systems and improving on old ones. This has been vital since Calvary’s expansion to multiple…

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…venues. In addition to overseeing the care of our main campus on Redwing Drive, Chris also takes care of our church building in Clear Fork, KY, and he is taking the lead on the development of our downtown building – The Cairn.

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Danny Castle

Men’s Ministry Team Leader

Danny has been at Calvary for 25+ years serving in many roles. He currently leads our Men’s Ministry helping men to fully become who God created them to be. He is an avid fisherman and a retired Captain from the Winchester Fire Department. His leadership skills are essential and valuable for his ministry here. He is a loving father and a highly devoted grandfather. He and his wife Charmagne share 4 kids between them and numerous grandchildren that they love to spoil!


Larry Center

Traditional Service Team Leader

Larry is a gentle soul with a huge heart for people and ministry. He serves as the Team Leader for our Traditional Service at Calvary and loves to spread the gospel to all he comes in contact with. He and his wife Jeanette make a great team as they serve together visiting people from all over Winchester. They have one daughter and son-in-law, Renee & Noel Bowman and they are beloved by their only grandson JR.


Steve Crosby

Pastor of Family Ministries

Steve is one of Calvary’s elders. He served as Calvary’s Youth Minister for about 17 years, and in 2012 we expanded his responsibilities to include all of the “Next Generation” – which includes children from birth thru College Age. Over the years, Steve has led Calvary’s youth group to express their love for God in many ways, including mission trips, drama, and music. We are blessed to have such a caring, committed servant in leadership and oversight over our young people….

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…Steve is passionate about seeing teenagers live beyond themselves by serving in their community and throughout the rest of the world. His main goal as Youth Minister is to help teenagers surrender their life completely into the hands of the God who created them!

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Dickie Everman

Adult Discipleship & Recovery Minister

Dickie oversees all areas of adult discipleship and small groups at Calvary, including a very large Celebrate Recovery ministry. Under Dickie’s leadership, Celebrate Recovery at Calvary has expanded into a group of ministries serving the needs of adults, teens, and children with all types of hurts, hangups and habits. Dickie, and his wife, JuaNita, have two teenage daughters, Rachel and Rebecca.


Joy Graham

Missions Ministry Team Leader

Joy has been with Calvary for a little over 15 years and has served as the leader of our Missions Team for many years. She and her husband Van have a devoted heart for missions and have traveled on numerous international and domestic mission trips. They have been married for 40+ years and have 2 wonderful children and several grandchildren that they love to go and visit.


Ned Hess

School Administrator

Ned’s interest in education began at an early age; his parents were both educators. Since the completion of his undergraduate degree in 1982, Ned has been teaching. His formal experience began in a sixth grade classroom. Later, Ned had the joy of supervising three homeless shelters in WV and also spent some days as an executive-director of a hospice. In each of those vocations, teaching and developing people have been a common thread. Most recently, Ned served as a principal in the Dominican Republic. Ned is married to…

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…Charlene Hess, and together they have two beautiful children.

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Debbie Johnson

Women’s Ministry Assistant Team Leader

Debbie has been at Calvary since 1987. She is a kid at heart and this keeps her young at every stage of life! She has served in numerous areas and was the Children’s Minister for 15 years. Debbie also taught Kindergarten at Calvary Christian School for 12 years. After prompting from the Holy Spirit, Debbie moved from children to women’s ministry. She continues to use her gifts for those women who are younger than she is by mentoring and developing future leaders. Debbie is…

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…married to Danny and between them they have 5 children and 15 grandchildren.

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Ron Leedy

Clear Fork Campus Pastor

Ron is the campus pastor at our Clear Fork Campus in Breathitt Co. (Eastern Kentucky region). Ron and his wife Pam have a growing congregation, especially in the children’s ministry. Within 5 years, they have had 60+ kidscome through their Wednesday evening program and presently have 32-36 regular attendees. They commute 2-3 times a week and love the Christ stories, as they call them, and share them frequently. He is serving a second term as one of Calvary’s Elder. Ron…

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…invites everyone to come and worship with them on Sunday or join Pam and him for a Wednesday kids’ service. It will change you!!!

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Teresa Martin

Women’s Ministry Team Leader

Teresa has been involved in Women’s Ministry for many years initially at Southland Christian Church in Lexington, KY as part of the women’s ministry team. She has a true passion in helping women fully become who God created them to be. She has led numerous bible studies and events at Calvary over the years. She loves to mentor and come along side of women who are struggling in their walk and helping them to find their way. She will warm your heart with her smile and her…

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…powerful testimony continues to changes lives.

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Joseph Miller

Rowland Arts Center for Teens Executive Director

I’m a firm believer that the best investment you can make is in people. In my experience, that investment never returns void. Either you grow, the other person does, or most likely, both of you do. I’m passionate about creating environments in which I can empower and be empowered, challenge any horizon set before me, and bring as many people along on the journey. I have a beautiful wife, great friends and family, love watching soccer and pulling…

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…for the Gators! John 3:30.

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Verne Mohr

Care Ministries Team Leader

Verne has been with Calvary and served in numerous ministries. He has served as advocate for Senior Adults for many years. He currently leads our Care Ministries after he and his beautiful bride, Sybil felt a calling that this ministry was needed at Calvary. He was right and many volunteers serve alongside of him to love on our people by providing visits, phone calls, food, house projects and many other things. Verne & Sybil act like a young couple still on their honeymoon! They are devoted…

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…grandparents and love to serve the Lord in all they do and say.

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Chris Morgan

Creative Arts Pastor


Terry Mynk

First Touch Ministries Team Leader

Terry and his wife Sue have attended Calvary for 25+ years! They have been faithful servants in many areas over the years, but have landed in our First Touch Ministry for the past 10 years. They oversee and are a part of the team that greets you as you walk in the door, gives you a bulletin, serves you coffe and answers any questions you might have! Terry is currently retired but serves not only at Calvary, but is very active in the community by volunteering his time with youth sports as a soccer…

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…coach and referee. Terry & Sue have one son and two sweet children that they love spending time with and he is affectionately known as “Grumps”.

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Brooke Rainey

Nursery/Toddler Ministry Team Leader

Brooke has a bubbly personality and makes you feel at home right away. She is a stay at home mom who is full of energy and always on the go as she takes care of our Nursery/Toddler Ministry at Calvary. She heads a large team of volunteers every Sunday making sure our littles ones are safe and having a great time learning about Jesus. Brooke and her husband Kyle have two children, Parker and Maddie.


Ashley Rose

Children’s Minister

Ashley has been at Calvary for 16 years and has served in a variety of roles. She brings a vivacious personality and energy to our Children’s Ministry along with equipping skills to lead a large ministry team of volunteers. She and her husband Eric have been married for 15 years and have 4 children. She is an avid UK fan and you will find her always being filled with JOY!


Cathy Smith

Executive Minister

Cathy is the glue of our ministry team! She leads large portions of our ministry at Calvary, and functions very much as a second chair leader on our team. She oversees all of our financial systems for the church, the school, and The Cairn; Human Resources & Payroll and support staff. She also handles all scheduling and building use, security systems, computer systems, and marketing efforts. She has oversight to the school and facility teams along with our Mission’s and First Touch Team. She serves as a small group leader…

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…in our teen ministry, co-leads an adult small group with her husband, and generally picks up the slack wherever she identifies a need.

Cathy is married to Gordon, and they have two beautiful daughters. She is deeply committed to her faith, her family, and her friends. She is an indispensable part of our ministry team – because we know that we can always depend on her to “stay the course” and “keep her cool” regardless of what obstacles we may find in our path.

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Gordon Smith

Mt. Carmel Campus Pastor

Gordon’s Blog

Gordon is easily summed up in four words – faith, family, passion, & optimism! His is a “glass is half full” kind of guy who passionately lives out his top two priorities in life – his faith and his family. Gordon is married to Cathy, and they have two beautiful daughters.

Gordon has served as an Associate Pastor here at Calvary for a number of years. In 2012 he assumed the role of Campus Pastor for our Mt. Carmel Campus. This was a natural fit for him,…

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…something that galvanized all of the prep work that God had been doing in his life for a number of years.

Gordon loves people. If you find yourself in the hospital at some point there is a very good chance that it will be Gordon who comes to visit you.

We love Gordon and value him as part of our team – and we know that you will too once you’ve encountered his passion for God and people!

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Lisa Stephens

Ministry Assistant

Lisa works at our church offices and assists our Executive Minister and Pastoral Staff on a daily basis. She schedules our facilities for the numerous activities that go on daily there and she is our communication specialist. She is multi-talented and is an avid sports fan. She lives in a house full of men but can carry her own with them. Lisa also teaches and leads women to fully become on Wednesady nights with a team of ladies. She is “fully becoming” on her own as we discover her gifts and talents on staff.