"Almighty God, by your divine providence you have brought us into the sacred fellowship of this parish. Help us, we pray, to worship you with such holy worship, to serve you with such unselfish love, and to give so generously for the extension of your Kingdom, that we may become more worthy members of your holy Catholic Church; and that our parish may faithfully fulfill its mission to make known your truth and to convey your love to all; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen"
Parish Prayer c. January 1995
Jesus taught his disciples to go out and make disciples of men. We need to be in a continuous rhythm of selecting and growing leaders of the Church for today and for tomorrow. We are always seeking new ways to grow and through the circles of leadership in the Church we humbly discover our own capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. Volunteering to be a leader is daunting for some but afterwards many will say it is the most rewarding experience they ever had. There are many areas of Leadership at Calvary, many committees and sublevels, but the 'Vestry' remains, per the Canons of the Church, the base of volunteers required to function and assist the Clergy in Leadership. They are elected at the Annual Meeting (last Sunday in January) by the congregation and consent of the Rector.
Our Church is led by the Rector, Deacon, Staff and Vestry. Together they form the Executive order of leadership but there are countless volunteers within all our Great Commissions who lead so faithfully in many capacities. Below are those we have been called, hired or elected to be our chosen executive leaders.
The Reverend Jon Roberts, Rector
"Father" Jon joined Calvary on October 14th, 2013 with his wife Lynne and their children, Emma & Watson. They have served churches in Hillsborough, NC, Delafied, WI, Monroe, LA, Venice, Sarasota and Naples, FL. Prior to becoming a parish priest, Fr. Jon was a scientist who worked in both academic and corporate industries serving as a molecular biologist at Duke University and with MWG Biotech, Inc.. It was his extensive mission experience, working with young people as a lay minister in both domestic and international places like Missouri, North & South Carolina, Florida, and Maine in the U.S. and to the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Canada abroad, that deepened his love of being a servant of the Lord. Serving eight years as a Youth Minister at two churches and adding Clinical Pastoral experience specializing in age-related dementia and cancer, Fr. Jon is devoted to both Young and Senior life ministries. Liturgically he was trained at Nashotah House, an Anglo-catholic theological seminary in Wisconsin where he learned to practice the Benedictine rule of life. We are blessed that he and his family accepted the call to join our Church family.
The Reverend Melissa Sands, Deacon
"Deacon" Melissa was ordained in 2006. Prior to ordination, she served at Calvary while a postulant for Holy Orders, and feels blessed to have been called to serve Christ with this loving parish family as Deacon. Before coming to Calvary, she was a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in this Diocese. She is active in diocesan life, serving on the Council of Deacons, teaching “Safeguarding All of God’s Children,” and teaching pastoral care classes to students preparing for ordination to the Diaconate and to lay persons. She is married to Greg Donham and they both have enjoyed long careers serving America’s Veterans in the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Deacon Melissa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. She is a life-long Episcopalian who was baptized and confirmed in the Diocese of Texas.
Mr. Matthew Burke, Music Director (Organist/Choirmaster)
Matthew graduated from Rollins College in Orlando and began his career path as a Music Director at Calvary on July 8th, 2014. His previous background in music was playing the organ for a Lutheran Church in Orlando. He is a Sanford, FL native and now enjoys living on the southwest coast of Florida and playing wonderful music both traditional and contemporary for our Church services. Matthew leads both the choral and bell choirs for adults and children, instructing and directing special presentations and concerts every year. He also provides piano, guitar and vocal instruction. His obvious passion and dedication to the love of music is inspiring as he leads us in song and melody each week.
Mrs. Lia King, Parish Administrator
Lia joined us September 6th, 2016 to become our Parish Administrator. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a MS in Urban & Regional Planning. Most of her career has specialized in customer service, data management and communications. Her experience includes being a Commissioner for the Cedar Key Water & Sewer District, GeoFocus Inc. Information Systems, Gateway Girl Scouts and a self-owned handbag and luggage store. Lia works directly with all of our major publications and helps us manage the several events and use of space at Calvary with great skill and joy.
Mrs. Lynne Roberts, Youth Director
Lynne joined us July 1st, 2019 to guide and direct the spiritual development of our youth. She graduated from University of South Florida with a Masters in Special Education. With over 20 years of parish youth work experience, Lynne has led Bible studies, Christmas Musicals, Mission trips, Children's Chapel, Vacation Bible Schools, and much, much more. Over the last six years she has been a faithful member of Calvary, implementing a Christian classical model of education she learned from teaching her own children in Classical Conversations. She has joined our youth on mission trips to Colorado, Tennessee and Wisconsin and is very involved in the nurturing of K-8th grade youth in our Sunday "Children's Chapel", a program to which she began in 2014. She has a genuine love for all of our children and we can see the joy she brings.
Mr. Joe Hatin, Property Manager "Sexton"
Joe joined us June 1st, 2019 to help us maintain the rather large facility and grounds at Calvary. He is currently enrolled in St. Leo University working towards an AA in Psychology and active in a clinical counseling program nearby. He and Lia retired in 1995 and operated a small retail business in Cedar Key. His professional positions include senior positions in Florida banks. We are blessed to have him look after and care for our building and property.
The 2019 Vestry
Members of the Vestry are our parish lay leadership ,elected to serve a three year term with the Clergy and all the people of Calvary in order that our community may, "Know Christ, and make Him known." Each offers their time and talent in a special area of ministry identified as commissions:
Commission Vestry Member
Christian Education: Elyssa Coker
Connections: Sandy Rogers
Fellowship: Denise Hughes-Conlon
Leadership: Margaret Richcreek
Pastoral Care: Jim Widell
Property: Bob Lima
Outreach: Renee Lee & Larry Hite
Stewardship: Joann Martindale
Missions: Lisa Kingston
Worship: Karen Hillegas
Sr. Warden: JoAnn Martindale
Jr. Warden: Bob Lima
Clerk of the Vestry: Karen Hilegas
If you would like to learn more about the Leadership Commission, contact: