Clergy, Wardens and Staff
Rev. Dr. Lee F. Shafer
The Rev. Dr. Lee F. Shafer has been in ordained ministry for 21 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 two dogs, Carly and Coco the Circus Dog, 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.
Joseph has been a member of Calvary since moving to Louisville in 2018. He worked with the food pantry for several years while in graduate school and currently serves as one of the facilitators for the Sunday Forum (aka Sunday School), is a member of Calvary's endowment committee, and runs Calvary's Facebook Live streams of services. He is always happy to help with getting people involved in any of the many activities at Calvary.
In addition to Calvary involvement, Joseph is also a mental health therapist with a local community mental health center working with adult clients experiencing a broad range of mental health issues. He previously spent several years completing graduate research on ADHD at UofL. Joseph is originally from rural Illinois but has lived in Kentucky since 2012 and now calls Old Louisville home.
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.
Owen Sammons is a Louisville native and is excited to be back in his hometown making music and serving Calvary Episcopal Church.
As a keyboard virtuoso, Mr. Sammons is gaining increasing recognition for his improvisational skills and his natural affinity for unleashing the full sonic range of the organ. Currently, Mr. Sammons is a finalist (of three chosen nationally) for the James Weaver Prize in Organ Scholarship, sponsored by the Organ Historical Society. Owen is also an honorary member of the Black Classical Artists of Louisville, and a former cast member and accompanist of the Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown, KY.
Owen is also the creator and host of a popular YouTube documentary series, “Organ Explorer,” highlighting notable pipe organs in the bluegrass and beyond. He is looking forward to making an “Organ Explorer” episode about our 1965 Casavant organ and its journey toward restoration.
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.