Calvary’s Amazing Staff

Calvary’s Amazing Staff April 26, 2007

Please meet the tremendous people with whom I spend most of my professional life. I write about them sometimes on this blog, and when we finally got together for a group picture I thought I’d share with you all a little about why I love them so much.

Front Row (l to r):

Edgar Palacios, Associate Pastor of Christian Education and committed peace activist, Pastor Edgar was one of the founders of the National Debate for Peace in El Salvador. He also is a really good soccer player.

Allyson Wisdom is disarmingly cute but don’t let her fool you. Allyson is one amazing, committed young woman who works tirelessly for her Horizons kids. She also turned 23 yesterday but the rest of us try not to think about that.

Harold Ritchie, church business manager, often looks like he’s asleep, but don’t let this picture fool you. Harold is a fabulous cook and spends a lot of time taking care of the rest of us. Spring means his garden is underway and I fully anticipate being the beneficiary of his efforts.

Back Row (l to r):

Eric Bebber, whose office nickname is really embarrassing, makes a striking Missions staffer, wouldn’t you say? Commissioned and supported by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Eric sticks his sunglasses in his shirt a lot so we all remember how stylish he really is.

Church Administrator Paul Rosstead is the wind beneath our wings and, we feel, is probably genetically related to Jesus. Or at least the disciples. Paul handles the running of our building with a calm that, come to think of it, is really rather scary. And, while Paul has been known to have questionable fashion taste, he has made significant progress in the last few months.

Cheryl Branham is Calvary’s exceptionally talented Music Director. Cheryl is a fabulous pianist, but she’s also an incredible director. If you sing in Cheryl’s choir you suddenly begin to think you actually sound good. Cheryl teaches piano, too, and she does not like it when duct tape is put on the grand piano.

That’s me, next, with my braces for all of you who sent in requests for a photo. For the record, I don’t like the duct tape thing, either.

Mary Andreolli, our Director of Youth and Outreach, takes seriously the perfection of the “I am so cool” stance. She’d never want you to know this, but she is not that scary in person. Plus, you’ll note she has a very trendy haircut. Mary loves thinking deeply about social justice. Mary loves thinking deeply about, well, pretty much everything. She’s teaching me to love and appreciate introverts for the unusual, exotic creatures they are.

Al Jeter keeps everything running around the building. Yesterday was a banner day for Al, as he discovered that he might not dislike couscous as he’d previously thought. Al’s a really nice guy, but you should meet his son, Randy, who sings like an angel and heads for the Manhattan School of Music this fall.

I give them all a hard time (believe me, they reciprocate) but I know how incredibly fortunate I am to work with such a dedicated, honest, hardworking bunch. They are all amazing.


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  • Floyd Saner

    Amy,
    That’s you?? Really?? Your sabbatical must have been very refreshing. You look younger than when I first met you 13 years ago!

    What a great staff to work with. It’s the people who count, not the job.

    -Floyd

  • Floyd Saner

    Amy,
    That’s you?? Really?? Your sabbatical must have been very refreshing. You look younger than when I first met you 13 years ago!

    What a great staff to work with. It’s the people who count, not the job.

    -Floyd

  • Star Light, Star Bright

    You do work with the best staff around!

  • Star Light, Star Bright

    You do work with the best staff around!

  • Anonymous

    Calvary’s Church Council and Pastoral Relations Committee thinks it is a very great staff, too. We’re saying “Thank you, jobs well done.” with lunch one day next week.

    Claudia, Calvary’s Moderator

  • Anonymous

    Calvary’s Church Council and Pastoral Relations Committee thinks it is a very great staff, too. We’re saying “Thank you, jobs well done.” with lunch one day next week.

    Claudia, Calvary’s Moderator

  • Tripp Hudgins

    This is great. And your staff is huge!!!

    And Floyd is right. You look great. The ministry suits you.

  • Tripp Hudgins

    This is great. And your staff is huge!!!

    And Floyd is right. You look great. The ministry suits you.

  • Caroline Armijo

    I am so amazed by all of the good work that you guys do! Thank you for all of your efforts.

  • Caroline Armijo

    I am so amazed by all of the good work that you guys do! Thank you for all of your efforts.

  • Will

    Hi Amy

    I been at New Orlean’s on the mission trip so I didn’t have a computer to go on.

    Yes You do have a good staff.

    Edgar Palacios, a great Associate Pastor and a person that has a great church family. A family that alway be there for each other. I had a chance to spend Thankgiving with the Latino part of the church. It was totally alsome.

    Allyson Wisdom, is a wonderful laidy that has a very pretty smile and a good heart.

    Harold Ritchie, a truly a church person on a new level. Don’t worry he a great person. Don’t let them tell you other ways.

    Eric Bebber, He take preaching to a new level. O Yes he is a preacher but you have to find out for your self. It toke me six month to find out. A salt of the earth.

    Paul Rosstead, He also in National City Christan Church in Washington, DC He has two churchs to go to. No man can love church so much that one church is not enouf. Wait I hold that title. My Bad.

    Cheryl Branham, Amazing laidy and her worm up before choir rehersal. If you are standing out side you just what to LOL. Great laidy.

    Mary Andreolli, She can make any body day a bright day. She is great working with kids and all around with her. Also I what to thank to helping with the dinner of Horizons. I been whating to help. I glade I had my moment of witness of gods glory in work.

    Even if one what to skip out for a wail. She be right there and say other was. :) Those how know you know what I mean.

    Al Jeter, Al a very good person. I only meet him a hand full of time. But I only have to look around me when I go to church. And I see a bit of Al.

    That my fow bit of word about the Staff.

    Wait Amy K. Butler Pastor of Calvary friend of my good friend Jim Somerville. Also going with a bunch of hard working preacher learning more about the life of become a doctor of minister of preaching. Three winderful kids. A very good husbend. A dog that will stick with them to the end. He your heart out champ the dog.

    THERE MORE BUT I NEED TO STOP.

    But thank you very much. Looking forward in the future of calvary.

    You’re Friend
    Will

  • Will

    Hi Amy

    I been at New Orlean’s on the mission trip so I didn’t have a computer to go on.

    Yes You do have a good staff.

    Edgar Palacios, a great Associate Pastor and a person that has a great church family. A family that alway be there for each other. I had a chance to spend Thankgiving with the Latino part of the church. It was totally alsome.

    Allyson Wisdom, is a wonderful laidy that has a very pretty smile and a good heart.

    Harold Ritchie, a truly a church person on a new level. Don’t worry he a great person. Don’t let them tell you other ways.

    Eric Bebber, He take preaching to a new level. O Yes he is a preacher but you have to find out for your self. It toke me six month to find out. A salt of the earth.

    Paul Rosstead, He also in National City Christan Church in Washington, DC He has two churchs to go to. No man can love church so much that one church is not enouf. Wait I hold that title. My Bad.

    Cheryl Branham, Amazing laidy and her worm up before choir rehersal. If you are standing out side you just what to LOL. Great laidy.

    Mary Andreolli, She can make any body day a bright day. She is great working with kids and all around with her. Also I what to thank to helping with the dinner of Horizons. I been whating to help. I glade I had my moment of witness of gods glory in work.

    Even if one what to skip out for a wail. She be right there and say other was. :) Those how know you know what I mean.

    Al Jeter, Al a very good person. I only meet him a hand full of time. But I only have to look around me when I go to church. And I see a bit of Al.

    That my fow bit of word about the Staff.

    Wait Amy K. Butler Pastor of Calvary friend of my good friend Jim Somerville. Also going with a bunch of hard working preacher learning more about the life of become a doctor of minister of preaching. Three winderful kids. A very good husbend. A dog that will stick with them to the end. He your heart out champ the dog.

    THERE MORE BUT I NEED TO STOP.

    But thank you very much. Looking forward in the future of calvary.

    You’re Friend
    Will