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.).
The Rev. Dr. Lee Franklin Shafer
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).
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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.
Verger and Parish Administrator
James M. Barnes
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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.
Director of Music and Organist
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As Calvary’s Bookkeeper, Ke’Aira functions as an office administrator and provides stability for the clergy, wardens, vestry, staff, and families served at Calvary.
Prior to joining Calvary in July 2019, Ke’Aira, a CPA candidate, has over eight years of experience in accounting with a focus on real estate and taxes. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy from the University of Louisville.
Outside of her work at Calvary, Ke’Aira enjoys preparing taxes, cooking, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband have a daughter and a son.
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Britt's family came to Calvary when she was 10, attending Sunday School and receiving Confirmation. She also spent a lot of time with the children in the nursery assisting for many years until she left to attend UTEP. Britt continued her journey of involvement with children in church through teaching Sunday School while living in Los Angeles.
After living in Los Angeles for many years, Britt moved back home with her son Darin. She studied business management at the University of Louisville, where she won multiple National Championships on the Ladybirds Dance Team. She graduated from University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelor's degree in business.
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.
Children's Education Leader
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.