Meet the Calvary Staff:
Pastor Dave has been with us since February 2014. Dave most recently served the Kiskatom Reformed Church in Catskill, NY as the installed Minister of Word and Sacrament from September 2008 to August 2012. His professed love for the scriptures and studying Hebrew narrative and poetry led him to leave his position there and to pursue further study in the hopes of combining the vocations of teaching and pastoring. Dave spent the 2012-2103 year at Princeton Theological Seminary earning the Th.M. degree in Old Testament studies, while preaching on a pulpit supply basis at a number of congregations. He is now enrolled in the Joint Ph.D. program at Iliff School of Theology and Denver University in the Biblical Interpretation (Hebrew Bible) track. We are thankful that God has led Dave to us. Dave says that he loves engaging stories and close reading, whether it be the scriptures, or how God is working in peoples’ lives. Both the academic study of the Bible and his role as a pastor gives him opportunity to do so. Dave lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Holly, and two children, Abby and Hudson. When Dave isn’t studying he likes to fly fish, cycle, and play soccer.
Ruth McCollum Huff came to us as a student pastor while completing the M.Div at the Iliff School of Theology. Following ordination as a teaching elder in the PC(USA), she served as temporary supply pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Denver while continuing to work as a corporate paralegal as she does today. Ruth received her undergraduate degree in business and paralegal studies from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and holds the M.A. Writing from the University of Iowa. She says she has a “head for business and a heart for the divine,” and appreciates Calvary as a congregation that not only has room for but invites her multi-faceted call to serve. Ruth and her husband, Fred, live in Centennial, Colorado.
Dean Stalnaker was raised on a dairy farm in northeast Nebraska and began his music instruction at age 8. The church his family attended gave young people the opportunity to develop their musical talents in a ministry setting, and he began playing for services at age 16. He has served at churches in Pennsylvania, Alabama and Colorado, and he has had the privilege of studying organ under several outstanding organists including Joyce Shupe Kull, Harald Rohlig, and Joseph Galema. Dean has been the Director of Music since September 2008. He finds great fulfillment in playing for worship services and helping the congregation to worship God through music. In addition to his responsibilities at Calvary, he is a paralegal at a law firm in downtown Denver.
Emily Lewis joined Calvary Presbyterian in May 2018. She is a freelance violinist, performing a range of musical styles from classical to bluegrass. She is currently a member of Monocle Band, an Americana band based along the Front Range; Jesse Manley and His Band, a frequent collaborator with Wonderbound Dance Company; and Sphere Ensemble, a vibrant Denver chamber music ensemble. Emily also teaches violin/fiddle and viola at Swallow Hill Music, and at Do Re Mi Lessons.