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 riding bikes, reading, and spending time with friends. 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.
Brian Campbell moved to Memphis in January 2013 to work with the Memphis BoyChoir, Inc and Saint John’s Episcopal Church. In 2017 he assumed the role of Director of Music at Saint John’s and continued to lead the Memphis Boychoir program. During this period he expanded the reach of the ChoirFest program through Shelby County Schools and developed a partnership with the Emmanuel Center of Memphis. Graduating from William Jewell College in 2000, he moved to Fort Worth, TX to study church music with Albert Travis at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After completing a masters degree in music, he moved to Lawrence, KS to study organ with James Higdon at the University of Kansas. He has also studied organ with Dr. Pauline Riddle, Dr. Michael Bauer, and Lynne Davis, and has performed in masterclasses for Marie Claire Alain, Marie-Louise Jacquet-Langlais, John Grew and Karel Paukert. In addition to his devotion to church music, he is an avid pilot and works as a flight instructor at Air Venture flight center in Olive Branch, MS.
Jeremy joined the Calvary staff in 2021. He is a born and raised Texan but is very excited to be living in Memphis. Through school and youth productions at church, Jeremy developed a real love of theatre and making other people smile through stand-up comedy, which he still does today, just not as often. Jeremy also found a love of service during his time as a boy scout where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout only a few hours before his 18th birthday. Jeremy attended Columbia College Chicago. Jeremy is a self-proclaimed mountain man and loves exploring nature through hiking, bouldering, or white water rafting. He is an avid movie buff, with his favorite genre being Comic Book Movies (Specifically the MCU). Jeremy can often be found cooking in the kitchen, as creating a meal is his favorite way to relax and gather people around the table. Jeremy’s greatest desire for our young people is for each and every one to know that they are loved, by God, and by this beloved community, just the way they are.
Mary Honey joined the Calvary staff as the information officer in May 2021. Most weekdays she will be the welcoming face of Calvary on the telephone and at the information desk located in the first-floor entryway. She enjoys staying busy and assisting others. She earned her Bachelor of Education degree from Carson Newman in Human Services and her Masters from Arkansas State in Special Education. She comes to us after a long career in Special Education, both in public schools and in addiction recovery facilities. In her last job, she was principal for the education of students/patients at Memphis Recovery Centers. Mary is a dedicated parishioner who sings in the Calvary Choir, and those who already know her find her to be a rare combination of “super organized” and easygoing. When Mary is not at work, she spends some time each week looking after her mother, Elizabeth. The rest of the time she enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, getting her daily walking in, and singing with Rhodes College Master Singers. She enjoys her friendships and especially “hanging out” and traveling with her partner, Bruce Watson, and his crew.
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.
Monica Marshall is new to Calvary, but she is not new to providing cleanliness and security in the Memphis area. She started at Calvary in June 2021 as our sexton, and she is a dedicated worker. Her dedicated work entails opening and securing our buildings, scheduling and training security guards, and keeping our facilities clean and safe for worship. Monica's hands are always helping, wherever she is needed, adding grace, intelligence, and kindness. She is an entrepreneur of her own Royal security company and Monica's Elite Cleaning Services businesses since 2019. Monica has four children and five grandchildren that keep her busy and young.
Paul joined the Calvary staff in September of 2015 and he guides and supports our pastoral care ministries. A native of Monticello, Mississippi, he 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 Master of Liberal Arts in the “Great Books” program of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 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. He served as a chaplain resident at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita; curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas; and as sub-dean and canon at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Little Rock. Paul completed a two-year Certificate in Spiritual Direction program with Southern Methodist University-Perkins School of Theology and enjoys being a spiritual companion to Calvary parishioners and community members. Ruthie, Paul’s wife, is an attorney. She was confirmed at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, West Memphis. Ruthie served as director of volunteers at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis and program director for the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Paul and Ruthie enjoy reading, playing chess, and sampling good food and wine.
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.
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 21 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. Outside of church, she helps to corral 50 boys as assistant 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.
Originally from Mobile, AL, Joseph Powell is a conductor and tenor in Memphis, TN. He holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in music education and choral conducting. Currently, Powell is in his eighth year as director of choirs at White Station High School. In addition to his teaching career, Powell is an active performer, appearing with Opera Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Chorus, where he is a rehearsal assistant. He resides in East Memphis with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Ellis.
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.
Heidi Rupke coordinates the Lenten Preaching Series and sometimes plans Sunday adult formation. Beginning in 2018, her Calvary work catalyzed a crash education in spreadsheets and cloud storage after eleven years as a stay-at-home parent and six years of classroom teaching. When not at Calvary, Heidi works at her other part-time job in environmental sustainability, chases three children, and cooks all the fresh, local produce her family can handle.
Steve joined the Calvary staff in March 2019 as director of finance and operations, overseeing the finance office, building & grounds, and human resource functions. Steve is a native of Collierville but moved here from a 17-year stint in New Orleans, where he was finance director of two historic house museums in the French Quarter. Also while in New Orleans, he was principal verger and served on the vestry at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral. He is a graduate of Davidson College and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (Memphis). His interests include gardening, especially heirloom gardening, history, historic architecture, theology, and anything that is a good read. He has made his home in La Grange, TN.
Christine Todd, a parishioner at Calvary for over 20 years, joined the Calvary staff part-time in 2015 serving as outreach director. 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.
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.
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 20-year 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 three beautiful grandchildren. She stays busy enjoying her grandchildren.