Scott joined Calvary’s staff as the 22nd rector in 2017. Previously, he was the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he served since 2005. Before seminary, Scott worked as a carpenter and contractor, which began a curiosity about the way the "built environment" impacts Christian discipleship, especially with regard to stewardship of creation and Jesus's charge to welcome the stranger. A native of Arkansas, Scott received his Bachelor of Arts in English from John Brown University and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Scott enjoys playing guitar (and a little mandolin), riding bikes, carpentry, poems, and walking, whether on a path in the woods or a sidewalk in the city. He is married to Ardelle, who is a counselor and faculty member for CREDO, a clergy wellness program of the Church Pension Group. Ardelle and Scott have two children, Alden and Kate.
Amber came to Calvary in January 2018 from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock. She holds a Master of Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary. Amber helps guide our formation program, including children, youth, and adult ministries. She also works on developing new formative experiences for our Calvary community, including retreats, pilgrimages, and other immersive spiritual experiences. Amber grew up in small-town Kansas, the oldest (and tallest) of four sisters. She is married to Melissa Wilkinson, an artist and professor of painting and drawing at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. They are herded around by their three dogs. An avid hiker, aspiring yogi, and fair-weather cyclist, Amber ran the Little Rock marathon last year and thought the experience worth never repeating. She loves cooking, gardening, and Dostoevsky.
Paul joined the Calvary staff in September of 2015. Most recently, Paul served as sub-dean and canon of Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. A native of Monticello, Mississippi, Paul received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi before pursuing careers in construction and community development. Reared a Southern Baptist, Paul embraced the Episcopal Church in his forties and began a journey toward ordination as a priest. He received a Masters in Liberal Arts in the “Great Books” program of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, before pursuing a Master of Divinity at Yale University and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Paul was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Kansas. Paul recently completed a two-year Certificate in Spiritual Direction program with Southern Methodist University-Perkins School of Theology and looks forward to being a spiritual companion to members and potential members of Calvary. Ruthie, Paul’s wife, is an attorney specializing in American Indian Law and Environmental Law. Ruthie was previously director of volunteers at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis and served as program director for the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Paul and Ruthie enjoy reading, playing chess, and sampling good food and wine.
Robyn Banks joined the Calvary staff in 2005 and is currently the director of communications. In this role, she enjoys overseeing all of the internal and external communication efforts of Calvary, including the website, the Chronicle newsletter, worship service sheets, posters, press releases, social media, and more. She always tells people that she has “the best job ever” because she gets to “tell Calvary's story and share with the world how Calvary is ‘making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis.’” Robyn earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and worked as a web developer for ALLTEL and Fidelity Information Services in Little Rock, AR, before moving to Memphis to work at Calvary. In her free time, Robyn enjoys spoiling her niece and nephews, sampling new wines at her monthly wine club, and reading different genres for her book club. She also is an active member of the Episcopal Communicators group. Robyn is married to Bill, and they have one beautiful daughter, Emma. They also adore their three crazy dogs and one sophisticated cat.
Hilary was a paralegal and served as the leader of the Children’s Ministry Council and a Waffle Shop coordinator for several years before joining the Calvary staff in 2011. As director of children ministries, she coordinates formation and programs for Calvary children. A Midwest native, Hilary has now lived in Memphis long enough to call it home. She has a Bachelor of Science in paralegal studies and earned a paralegal certification from the University of Memphis. She is married to her elementary school friend/high school sweetheart and has two children. In her spare time, Hilary loves to make beaded jewelry and enjoys crafts with her kids and walking her dogs.
Fred is the welcoming face of Calvary at our Information Desk every Tuesday through Thursday. Fred has been a member of the Calvary staff for over 25 years and enjoys meeting people who walk through Calvary's doors as well as greeting the children who attend Calvary Place daycare. Before coming to Calvary, Fred worked in data processing, at the Shelby County hospital, and was a band director. When he's not at Calvary, Fred loves to watch football and enjoys spending time with his ever-growing family.
Kristin Lensch joined the staff of Calvary as organist-choirmaster in 2013. She oversees the vibrant music program consisting of four choirs, Friends of Music concert series, and has implemented monthly services of Evensong. She holds degrees from The University of Iowa (Delbert Disselhorst) and Indiana University (Marilyn Keiser, Larry Smith), and is currently pursuing her DMA at The University of Memphis (John Peterson). She is active in the American Guild of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music America, and the Association of Anglican Musicians. One of her greatest joys is bringing people together to create something beautiful for the glory of God and to inspire others in worship. When she’s not thinking about all things musical, Kristin likes to run, eat (which causes her to run more), read interesting books with her book group, and spend time with her husband Tim Huebner, daughter Sloan, son Charlie, and the cats–Willie & Scout.
Gabbie Munn joined Calvary in August 2018 from Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Madison, MS, where she served as the interim director of youth ministries. Serving as the director of youth ministries at Calvary, she coordinates and facilitates programs and formation for youth in grades 6-12. Over the past eight years, Gabbie has spent her summers at Camp Bratton-Green in various roles. Most recently, she spent her 2017 and 2018 summers serving as permanent staff. Along with working at camp, she has served numerous times on Happening staffs and on an Adult Council for the Diocese for Mississippi DOY program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in polymer science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017 and is currently enrolled in the Forma Youth Ministry Certificate Program. When she is not spending time with her unenthused, but beautiful cat Norah, she is probably seeking out the next concert to attend or national park to visit. As an incredibly mediocre disc golfer, she enjoys being outside and doing her best.
Mary O'Brien began working at Calvary in July 2012. In her role as parish chef, Mary creates menus and prepares food for Koinonia and all of Calvary's various receptions and meals throughout the year. She also coordinates food for Calvary's Waffle Shop and Emmanuel Meal. Mary was baptized as a baby here at Calvary, where her mother worked in the Waffle Shop. Mary began her career in business then decided to turn to her creative side and attended culinary school here in Memphis, eventually opening a restaurant herself. She is married with two sons, a granddaughter, six rescued dogs and six rescued cats. When she finds the time, she enjoys beading, painting, and hiking.
Katie Owen is Calvary’s parish administrator, overseeing the finance office, building and grounds and human resource functions. Katie joined Calvary in 2013 after relocating to Memphis from Atlanta. A native South Carolinian, she graduated from Furman University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in both business administration and Spanish. Her studies included a semester in Madrid as well as an internship in San Jose, Costa Rica. She spent the first 14 years of her career in Investment Banking/Research and Institutional Investment Management with Atlanta firms Robinson Humphrey and EARNEST Partners. She lives in midtown with husband John, daughter Phoebe, and beloved dog Baker.
John Palmer is with us again in the same position he held from 1989–1994 as associate organist-choirmaster. During his time away, he held several church music positions in the Memphis area, two of which he maintains: wedding organist at both Christ United Methodist and St. Mary's Catholic churches. John plays the organ for some of our 8 a.m. worship services and accompanies our choirs. He has received certification at all five levels of achievement in The American Guild of Organists. John is also retired from a twenty-year career in the legal department at FedEx.
Ebet Peeples joined the Calvary staff in 1999 and currently serves as the coordinator for welcome and community. Her great joy is greeting visitors and welcoming newcomers into the life of the parish. Ebet also coordinates parish sacraments and services including baptisms, weddings, and funerals. In her over 19 years of parish ministry, she has organized lay ministry, parish communications, parish life events and programs, and adult confirmation. Ebet began serving as a faculty member for CREDO conferences in 2010 and has presented on the topic of evangelism and new member incorporation at CEEP conferences, at an Evangelism Matters conference, and at Mary Parmer’s Invite ∙ Welcome ∙ Connect Summit. She currently serves on the Diocesan Commission on Ministry and is chair of the Consecration Committee that is planning the ordination of the next bishop of the Diocese of West Tennessee. Outside of church, she tries to corral 50 boys as Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 34. Ebet has a Bachelor of Arts in Justice from The American University in Washington, DC. She and her husband Clayton met and married at Calvary, and are the parents of Ella and Jack.
Helario “Harry” Reyna joined the Calvary staff in October 2014. Building operations, scheduled and general maintenance, and set up for formal functions and events are part of his tasks, but his creativity shines in the many special projects he is responsible for throughout the year. Helario has lived in Memphis since 1976 and considers it to be home, although his Taos Pueblo, NM, heritage is still very much a part of who he is. Both of his ancient heritages, the other Greek, make him appreciate the fact that he works at a very historic church that has so much outreach. He lived in South Korea for 4.5 years and loved it. He owned three restaurants from 1990 to 2013, the first one when he was only 20 years of age. He lives with his better half, Renee Lartigue, with her three dogs and his two fish. They love living life together. He has one very bright and beautiful daughter, Alex.
Christine Todd, a parishioner at Calvary for over 20 years, joined the Calvary staff part-time in 2015 serving as community ministries coordinator. She has previously served as outreach committee chair for three years, served on the vestry, revived Children’s Chapel after a ten-year hiatus, participated in Community Breakfast almost every Sunday morning for 15 years, and started the Clothes Closet. As community ministries coordinator, Christine works with parishioners to identify service opportunities and works with service agencies to assure their needs are communicated with the parish. Her contention is, “Doing shapes believing.” Christine earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Memphis and her Bachelor of Arts from Stephens, a women’s college in Columbia, Missouri. She also studied art at Memphis College of Art while serving as their director of admissions. For fun, she and her sculptor husband, Carroll, spend time in their cabin at Snow Lake, Mississippi, with their dog, Ruby, and cat, Toast. Their children, twins, May and Caroline, grew up at Calvary. Christine loves the “action” part of Calvary's mission statement, ‘making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis.’ She looks forward to your call to discuss service opportunities with you.
Cindy Yeager has served on the staff of Calvary Episcopal Church since 2006, and her primary responsibilities include the day-to-day finances of the church. She came to Calvary from a long career in banking. A Memphis native currently living in Shelby County, she is married to Phillip and has two married sons, two stunningly beautiful daughters-in-law, and two beautiful grandchildren. Cindy is now working on her Bachelor of Arts in accounting.