Clergy, Wardens and Staff


The Rev. Dr. Lee Franklin Shafer


The Rev. Dr. Lee F. Shafer has been called by the Calvary Vestry and by the grace of God, to serve as the 18th Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church.


The Rev. Dr. Shafer has been ordained since 2002 and holds degrees from the University of Alabama (B.A.), Nashotah House Theological Seminary (Masters of Sacred Theology), and  Sewanee: The University of the South (D. Min.).  

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Linda French

Senior Warden

Linda and her husband Dean, have called Calvary "home" since 1988. As a career educator and school administrator, Linda taught Spanish in the Jefferson County Public Schools. She and Dean both spent time in Thailand and Saudi Arabia as teachers, where she taught English in international schools. Whenever they returned home between postings, they always returned to Calvary.  Her sons, Grant and Grey, were baptized and served as acolytes at Calvary.  

Linda is very involved in many aspects of Calvary's worship and outreach programs. Currently serving as the Junior Warden, she is also active in Calvary's Well, the Urban Partnership, Parish Life and Hospitality, Food and Clothing ministries, Calvary Endowment Advisory Committee, and Flower Delivery.  Always an educator, Linda also is involved in the Sunday School and Adult Forum.

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Stephanie Smith

Junior Warden

Stephanie and her husband, Jonathan, came to Calvary in the early '80s and raised their children in the Church.  Now they get to join their grandchildren at Calvary. 


Stephanie is retired from a variety of law and business activities, ranging from co-generation of electrical power to a hydroponic greenhouse.  Her focus now is on volunteer activities which include being Chair of the Community Foundation, Secretary of the Center for Women and Families and Executive Director of the Louisville Master Chorale.  

At Calvary, Stephanie is a member of the Choir and supports the Abby's Library outreach (providing children's books for guest of our food and clothing ministries). 

James M. Barnes

Verger and Parish Administrator

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James M. Barnes accepted the volunteer position of Verger at Calvary in June 2014. A Verger’s role is to coordinate the logistical details of worship, and to ensure that the liturgy proceeds as planned. Mr. Barnes acts as an assistant to the Rector in many office and records-related tasks.

Mr. Barnes has been a member of Calvary since 1964 and over the years has served in many leadership roles and is currently the Assistant Treasurer of the Diocese of Kentucky and a member of the Diocesan Budget Committee.

Originally from rural Pennsylvania just south of Pittsburgh, Mr. Barnes received scholarships to attend Transylvania University in Lexington. There he met his wife, LaNell, and earned an AB degree. He also holds an M.Ed. from Spalding University and an Ed.S. in school administration and school law from the University of Louisville.

Mr. Barnes has two sons, Sean and Brian, four grandchildren, Sean, Jesse, Joel and Emily, and one great-grandson, Tristan.


Marsha Williams Roberts

Interim Director of Music and Organist

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Marsha Williams Roberts, a Louisville native, studied organ performance with Melvin Dickinson at the University of Louisville where she earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She is a retired registered nurse, as well. She has served as an organist and music director at Louisville-area churches and Hanover, IN. Currently, she serves as Assistant Organist at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in La Grange, KY. She sings in the Louisville Master Chorale, and is an inveterate knitter and gardener. 


Jacob Gary

Communications Coordinator

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Growing up in Oldham County and graduating from Oldham County High School, Jacob is no stranger to Louisville and it's surrounding areas. Graduating from Western Kentucky University with a degree in English and Leadership studies, so communication comes naturally to him at this point. Leading our church in the technology forefront, he handles the social media, streaming of services, and communicating with our Calvary family!

Outside of working for Calvary, he loves to read and write, short stories, poetry and novels! He also has a hobby of playing video games and participating in and watching sports!


Margaret Bond

Office Administrator



Margaret Bond, our new Administrative Assistant, working with Lee on general office and parish matters. She’s the new “face” of the parish, responding to the phone and the door (safely) as well as handling myriad administrative tasks. You’ll find her in the first office inside the door from the North Entry on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to noon. When we are more open, she will add hours.

Margaret grew up on the west coast and came to Louisville in 2007 from the Washington DC area, where she worked for the Environmental Defense Fund. She has been at St Thomas (with our own Katherine Doyle!) in their office for six years so she knows the ropes—and she’s been teaching yoga at St. Matthew’s, as well.