Clergy, Wardens and Staff
Rev. Dr. Lee F. Shafer
The Rev. Dr. Lee F. Shafer has been in ordained ministry for 20 years. She is a graduate of Nashotah House (Master of Sacred Theology) and Sewanee, the University of the South School of Theology (Doctor of Ministry). She has served in the Diocese of Georgia, the Diocese of Florida, the Diocese of Alabama, and is now happy to be serving as the 18th Rector of Calvary here in the Diocese of Kentucky.
Lee+ loves to cook, listen to books on Audible, and practice Spanish on Duolingo. She and Tom have a dog, Carly, and two cats, Buddy and Stella. Lee+ loves to spend time with her three adorable granddaughters, Frankie, Blair, and Drew (and their parents). She has fallen in love with the good people of Calvary and all things Louisville, especially the horse culture at Churchill Downs and her neighborhood of Old Louisville.
It is a great honor to have been elected Senior Warden by the Vestry on January 30, 2022. I look forward to taking part in many Calvary Community activities in person again as we continue to offer fellowship, love, service, and support to one another and to those outside our church community.
As a member of Calvary for over thirty years, I’ve had the good fortune to serve in many capacities: altar linen laundress, food /clothes closet helper, choir singer, lay reader, chalice bearer, Christian education teacher, stewardship committee co-chair, telephone answerer, and three-time Vestry member.
I received B.A., M.Ed., and J.D. degrees from U. of L. After a career in the Jefferson County Public School System, I engaged in private law practice for four years, going from there to serve as General Counsel of the Workforce Development Cabinet and the State Board for Adult and Technical Education. Next, I served as the first General Counsel of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and its Board of Regents. I retired from there. I am presently an Honorary Member of the Kentucky Bar Association.
On a personal note, I am eternally grateful to my two daughters, one son, step-daughter, five grandchildren, and in-laws who continue to delight and amaze. Thank you, God! Bless and keep them.
I pledge to do my very best to serve and support our indomitable rector, Lee+, and you, too, my Calvary brothers and sisters, as we follow Jesus and worship God together.
Will Cary is a cradle Calvary Episcopalian who grew up in our church school and junior choir, while also serving as an acolyte and youth leader. Will is a retired restaurateur and an active musician still recording and performing.
He is currently co-chair of house and grounds and runs the audio for our services in house and streaming. Twice a Senior Warden, Will brings a wealth of experience to the Vestry.
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.
Director of Music
Jacob Cook is excited to be joining Calvary as the Director of Music. He has served recently as director of music at Wall Street United Methodist Church in Jeffersonville, IN and Watkins United Methodist Church in Louisville.
He also serves as the Director of Vocal Music Studies at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY where he conducts four choral ensembles, teaches vocal development, and teaches electives in pedagogy and opera. Mr. Cook has conducted the YPAS Choirs in performance at the American Choral Director’s Association Southern Division Conference, the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference, the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Conference, and in international performance venues in Italy, England, Wales, and Costa Rica.
Mr. Cook studied at East Tennessee State University with Dr. Thomas Jenrette and Dr. Oliver Lo and earned a Bachelor’s of Music. While earning a Master’s of Music at the University of Kentucky, Mr. Cook studied voice with Gail Robinson, performed several opera roles, and sang with the UK Choirs under Dr. Jefferson Johnson.
Director of Christian Education
Callie Hausman is returning to Calvary where she has spent most of her career of over 30+ years working for Episcopal Churches serving children, youth, and families. Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Callie moved to Pennsylvania until she graduated from highschool., settling in Louisville, Kentucky, where she has resided ever since. Callie is passionate about helping guide others in their lifelong faith journey. She earned her Masters in Humanities & Civic Leadership, focusing on Religious Studies at the University of Louisville. In addition to her career, she is devoted to her family, especially her two daughters and five grandchildren
Hello Calvary family, my name is Terrance Griffth and I am your new Operations Assistant. I am a Louisville native who graduate from Butler High School many (many) years ago. I attended the University of Louisville for a year before joining the workforce. I am a former employee of the Upper Crust and Silver Spoon catering companies. I am a team player who believes in working hard and treating everyone with kindness and respect. My goal is to be helpful and assist with keeping your church home neat and clean. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the staff of Calvary Episcopal Church. Thank you.
Debbie has lived in either Jefferson or Oldham Counties for the majority of her life. She and her two brothers and sister were raised in the Baptist faith. She is married to Randy and was confirmed at St. Paul's Episcopal church in 1978. Together with her husband, she has a wonderful daughter and son-in-law who have blessed her with three grandchildren.
After receiving her associate's and bachelor's degree, Debbie went on to get a master's degree in health systems science. She worked at Norton Healthcare for almost 45 years and has now retired her nursing license, having completed the School of Ministry in 2021.
Debbie loves the Episcopal Church and has taken part in the Altar guild, Sunday school, vestry, Daughters of the King, Eucharistic Visitor/Minister, and KCIW. She would like to thank the Calvary family and looks forward to the rest of her time with the church.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Taylor attended Calvary as a child. She is excited to be back in this church serving in the capacity of Administrative Assistant and helping Calvary continue to thrive in this community.
Taylor attended Centre College and has a Masters in Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University. She is currently enrolled at Bellarmine earning a Ph.D. in Education and Social Change. Taylor enjoys spending time with her son, godson, and pets, as well as reading, yoga, and walking outside.