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.).
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.
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.
Dr. Shawn Dawson
Director of Music and Organist
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Shawn R. Dawson holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied organ with Professor David Higgs and improvisation with Dr. William Porter. Mr. Dawson earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music studying organ with Professor Nicole Keller.
Currently pursuing a DMA in Organ Performance and a cognate in Sacred Music at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Mr. Dawson studies organ, harpsichord, and continuo with Dr. Michael Unger.
Mr. Dawson is a devoted church musician and an active recitalist, with over a decade of experience in church music.
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She grew up on the west coast, principally in the Bay Area, in an Air Force family. She arrived in Louisville about 20 years ago and raised her grown daughter here. Teresa’s experience includes acquiring excellent bookkeeping and office skills, but she has also gone to culinary school and worked as a baker. She’s enjoying getting to know Calvary and said “even with everything shut down, there seems to be a lot going on here, particularly with outreach. I’m looking forward to seeing how even much more lively things will be when we can open back up!”
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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, 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.
Jordan has attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and is currently pursuant of a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.
A returning Louisvillian; she and her husband John, moved from Lexington in early 2019 and were immediately impressed by Calvary’s orientation toward need in the local community.
Between volunteering with churches, camp counseling, leading after school programs, and teaching swim lessons, she has over a decade of experience working with children; a passion that is continuing with her direction of children’s ministries at Calvary.
Leroy came to Calvary in 1985, when he ran a janitorial service, but started working full-time for Calvary in 2008. Under his care are all of Calvary's facilities and security. He is always able to help anyone who asks him. Leroy and his wife, Donna, have two dogs and a cat and have brought them here for Calvary's blessing of the animals.