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.).
Born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Donna’s family moved back to Louisville when she was a baby, and she was baptized at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church when it was on Fourth Street. She graduated Atherton High School, the University of Louisville (BA in psychology) and Bellarmine University (MAT). She completed her Rank I at UL and Bread Loaf School of English and is a Louisville Writing Project Fellow. She has one son, Philip. She rides Saddlebreds and is involved with thoroughbred racing.
Throughout her church life, Donna has been an acolyte, sung in the choir, been a reader, taught Sunday School, ushered, has been a delegate and alternate to the Convention, was Secretary for the Vestry at Calvary, has completed year one of EfM (and looking forward to the next), and is a member of the Altar Guild. Donna has been attending Calvary since 1998. As Sr. Warden she would love to see Calvary continue to grow.
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
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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.
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.
My family and I have lived in Orange county, California for 16 years. I was a senior organist at Bethel Church and Laguna United Methodist Church as well as an accompanist for Women's Chorale of America and Solar Choir in Orange County, California. As a member of MTAC(Music Teachers Association), I taught music theory and piano, and performed at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival.
For me, the church organist is not a job, but a passion and calling. When people enter the doors of the sanctuary to worship God, they are often welcomed with music. It is my calling and honor to use the power of music to help them experience welcome and feel closer to the presence of God. This purpose of worship music -- to bring people closer to God and to each other -- provides creative directions for the tones of the organ, as well as its technical elements.
I graduated with a master degree of organ performance at Hansei University and majored in piano music at Irvine Valley College.
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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.
Jimmy grew up Baptist and hails from Bowling Green. He has been living in Louisville since 1998. Growing up, he sung in a choir but also worked as an usher as well. Jimmy loves to volunteer where he can for his community, he even came to Calvary to offer his services before being hired here. He views working with Calvary now as a way he can give back to those who have helped him while also serving his community whatever way they need him to. Jimmy loves to surround himself with positivity, so to him this job is a boost spiritually.
Outside of Calvary, Jimmy is attending Spaulding and working towards getting an associates degree in psychology. He is an avid reader and a family oriented guy. He has 5 sisters and 3 brothers, whom he keeps up with regularly, despite being many miles apart.