Senior Pastor. Todd was called to Calvary as the Senior Pastor in 2008. He is the primary preaching pastor and gives vision for the direction of the church. Todd and his wife Katie have seven kids — three biological, four adopted from Ethiopia.
Why Calvary? Katie and I instantly fell in love with the church – especially it's diversity and down-to-earth feel – and we're captivated by the ministry opportunity of being a gospel-rooted church nestled right in the center of the village of Oak Park.
Why Oak Park? We love living in Oak Park and find the entire atmosphere energizing. We also have grown to appreciate the needs in this community, and are glad to be called to be salt and light for Jesus' sake here.Background & Publications ›
Todd previously served as an associate pastor at College Church in Wheaton. He has also served on staff at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the co-founder and chairman of The Center for Pastor Theologians.
He has authored articles in New Testament studies and several books including Galatians: Gospel-Rooted Living, The Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia and The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Apostle Paul. He co-edited Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of Dr. R. Kent Hughes and co-wrote Pastors in the Classics: Timeless Lessons on Life and Ministry from World Literature. He is the author of Real Christian: Bearing the Marks of Authentic Faith. Todd's most recent book is The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision, written alongside Gerald Hiestand.
Director of Children's Ministries. Heidi assists with Calvary Kids, Awana and other children's programs and childcare. Heidi and her husband have three girls and live in Villa Park.
Why Calvary? The Bible-saturated teaching is very important to us. We fell in love with the welcoming atmosphere at the church.
Why Oak Park? We really enjoy Oak Park’s rich culture and diversity.Background ›
Heidi moved to Chicagoland in January 2011 from Canton, Ohio, where she taught elementary school for nine years.
Pastor of Worship & Music Ministries. Josh was called to Calvary as the Pastor of Worship and Music in 2015. He oversees congregational worship and provides leadership to our worship teams. Josh and his wife Stefanie have two children, Elliot and Phoebe.
Why Calvary? We love how Calvary is anchored to the essentials of the historic Christian faith while addressing contemporary issues in a meaningful and relevant way. Stef and I are excited about being part of what God is doing at Calvary!
Why Oak Park? Stef and I both feel a strong connection to the arts, so we are drawn to the vibrant creative community here in Oak Park.Background ›
Josh previously served as Director of Worship at Village Church of Barrington. He was also an Associate Pastor of Worship at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows IL. Josh has written and recorded many congregational worship songs, including the modern hymn “O The Love of My Redeemer” which has been featured on recordings by various contemporary artists. He has released multiple worship albums, most recently “The Light of Christ” (2012) and “One Step Closer to Home” (2014).
Pastor of Middle School Discipleship & Communication. Joey joined our staff in 2015. He is passionate about partnering with parents to disciple a generation. He also is committed to shepherd Calvary towards the beauty of God through effective communication both in print and digital media. He is married to Kendall and they have three children.
Why Calvary? We are excited about how this church thinks theologically, humbly serves one another, and seeks the welfare of its city.
Why Oak Park? Oak Park is both diverse and a hybrid of urban and suburban living. Our family loves this community and is thrilled to serve it.Background & Publications ›
Joey grew up in the suburbs of Ft. Worth Texas, managed the dining department at Dallas Seminary for five years, pastored high school students for four years in Tulsa Oklahoma, and explored church planting under Joe Thorn's mentoring at Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles for a year and half. Joey contributed Chapter 37: "Bringing the Multiplication Mindset Home" to Make Mature Multiply: Becoming Fully Formed Disciples of Jesus. He also contributes to digital publications including: 9Marks, CBMW, Christianity.com, Credo Magazine, For the Church, Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Lifeway's Pastors Blog, and TGC.
Pastor of Local & Global Outreach. Jonathan joined our staff in 2009. He is an advocate for our missionaries and desires to support and connect them to life at Calvary. He also is committed to creating a presence in Oak Park that welcomes students and families from Chicago’s Westside. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Lawndale Christian Legal Center.
Why Calvary? Its commitment to grow as a diverse church community. We feel completely embraced and loved by the people at Calvary and have loved partnering with the volunteer leadership team for high school ministries.
Why Oak Park? We are thankful for the great school systems in Oak Park. Both of our school age children have loved all the teachers at Irving Elementary School. I also have the wonderful privilege of being a soccer coach for Chicago Magic City.Background ›
Jonathan grew up in the Chicagoland area. He served in youth ministry for six years at Country Bible Church and College Church in Wheaton. He is married to Christine and they have three children.
Senior Associate Pastor. Gerald leads the ministry staff and oversees discipleship ministries. He joined the staff in 2010.
Gerald and his wife Jill have three children, and are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. They are enjoying the transition to their new home in Oak Park.
Why Calvary? It’s a joy being part of such a diverse, authentic community that is sincerely doing its best to make Jesus known.
Why Oak Park? Oak Park is a wonderful community – diverse, historic, and always thoughtful about the sort of issues that really matter.Background & Publications ›
Prior to serving at Calvary, Gerald served as an associate pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows. He also served as an associate pastor at Fremont Evangelical Free Church in Fremont, Nebraska. Gerald has written a number of scholarly articles related to church history and theology, as well as three books, his most recent book is The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision, written with Todd Wilson. He is also the author of Sex, Dating and Relationships: A Fresh Approach, written along with Jay Thomas. Gerald also serves as the Executive Director of The Center for Pastor Theologians.
Pastor of High School Discipleship. Travis Joined the staff at Calvary in October 2014. He is excited to partner with parents to disciple their high school students in their walk with Christ. He and his wife, Annie, live in Forest Park and have attended Calvary since 2011.
Why Calvary? Its commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We love that making Christ known is on the forefront of what Calvary does. Calvary seeks to proclaim Christ in word and deed.
Why Oak Park? We want to experience the same community that our church is in. We also love seeing the city meet the suburbs. It brings the diversity of the city with the small town feel of Oak Park.Background ›
Travis moved to Chicago in January 2012 from southwestern Ontario, Canada. He has been involved in youth ministry since January 2010.
Associate of Local & Global Outreach. Carolyn provides vision and oversight to Children’s Ministries. She joined the staff in the fall of 2013. She and her husband, Clyde, live in Oak Park with their three children.
- B.A. Business/Economics, Wheaton
Why Calvary? Over the last 20 years, this committed community of believers has encouraged me to grow in my love for God, challenged me to extend myself in service, and supported me through times of joy and struggle.
Why Oak Park? I chose Oak Park after college because the unique mix of urban life with small town atmosphere and the beautiful architecture. With my family’s roots now firmly established in this community, we also value its diversity and commitment to education.Background ›
Carolyn began attending Calvary in 1993 and has served in children’s, student, and women’s ministries.
Pastor of Adult Ministries. Eric joined the staff in March of 2015. He brings a wealth of varied ministry experience and leadership that spans more than 25 years of pastoral ministry. He and his wife, Pamela, live in Brookfield with their three youngest children. They also have two adult children.
Why Calvary? Pam and I are excited to be at a church where the Word of God is preached and where the members passionately pursue God and one another. Calvary is a very loving community of faith.
Why Oak Park? God has formed Calvary Memorial as a multi-ethnic, multi-class assembly, so it might serve the international setting of Oak Park. Pam and I want to be part of a congregation intentionally seeking to reflect the diverse community we will be in heaven.Background ›
Eric previously served as Senior Pastor of Reformation Alive Baptist Church in Temple Hills, MD, and Bible Professor in Residence at New Canaan Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He also served as Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Washington Bible College, and as an instructor at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. He has published many academic book reviews and has written a commentary on Jonah and Where Are All the Brothers? He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute.
Associate of Adult Discipleship & Director of Women’s Ministries. Pamela, like her husband Eric, joined the staff in March of 2015. Pam has ministered alongside her husband since the earliest days of their marriage 24 years ago. She is excited to continue doing so here at Calvary. A former stay-at-home mom and homeschooler, she has been involved in ministry to children, young adults, married couples and women. Pamela and Eric live in Brookfield with their three youngest children. They also have two adult children.
- B.S., Human Ecology Maryland
Why Calvary? Calvary is a very loving community that is vibrant and growing with lots of opportunities to both meet others needs and also meet those of my family. The diversity of the population is something I value for me and my family.
Why Oak Park? I see God at work in Oak Park. It seems both old and historic and new and vibrant. Also there are many things to do and see within walking distance of the church.Background ›
In her role wife, mother and former senior pastor’s wife, Pam has found herself in a wide variety of roles as a helper to her husband. These roles have included director of children's ministry, women's ministry director, young adult mentor, retreat planner, wedding coordinator, etc.
Director of Administration, Ministry Associate of Worship & Music. Eric first joined the staff in January of 2013 in the worship and music department, and assumed his current role in October, 2014. He manages all human resources function and coordinates the administrative and auxilary services in support of all ministry departments. Eric also directs our Chamber Orchestra and assists the worship pastor with all aspects of our worship and music ministries.
- B.M.E. Music Education, Wheaton
Why Calvary? Calvary has been my home church for over fifteen years. Over those years I have seen God work in countless ways to bring people – myself included! – closer to Christ. There is true Kingdom work happening here.
Why Oak Park? Can’t beat its blend of urban convenience, suburban comfort, and proximity to the best. City. In. The. World.Background ›
Eric also serves as Assistant Manager of the Wheaton College Artist Series at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Previously, he spent several years as a middle school band director. Beyond his professional engagements, Eric is Communications Chair on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Overture Council. Eric is also a freelance, published writer. He lives in Forest Park with Naomi, his wife.
Director of Connection & Hospitality. Adam joined staff in 2016. It is his goal to welcome and connect the many people who make up Calvary. He is married to Stephanie, who works as a teacher in Oak Park. They live in Oak Park with their three children.
Why Calvary?Adam and Steph moved to Oak Park in large part because of Calvary. We love the people of Calvary and savor the work of God in this body.
Why Oak Park?We love the many dichotomies that make up Oak Park. God is at work here and we are delighted to live and serve in this dynamic community.Background ›
Adam grew up as a pastor’s kid in Laurel, MD and Ithaca, NY. After graduating college, he worked for several years as a chemist. His education and training have been centered around ministering to the people of God and equipping men and women for service.