Billy Walker Lead Pastor
Our Lead Pastor, Billy Walker, is the son of the previous pastor and the grandson of the founding pastor. After marrying his high school sweetheart and graduating from William Tyndale College with a degree in music, he travelled across the U.S. with Laurie and his brother, Craig as the trio, "One Voice." After some personal loss, and increasing speaking opportunities where God used his message in a unique way, he and Laurie both felt the Lord leading them into more of a home-based ministry. Having served as part-time minister of music for a number of years, Billy quickly made the transition into his new role and became the Lead Pastor in 2006. He also serves as the Vice President of the Billy Walker Evangelistic Association and Hiawatha Youth Camp, and as the President of the Pastor's Conference for the SBC in Michigan. Billy & Laurie have two adult daughters, Whitney and Kaylie.
Dan Russell Executive Pastor
Pastor Dan and his wife Jo Linda came to Calvary Church in July of 2010, and he serves as the Executive Pastor. He graduated from both Calvary Bible College and Trinity Theological Seminary and has over 30 years of pastoral experience. Pastor Dan is our Life Group and Men's Ministry small group coordinator. He oversees the church counseling center, pastoral care ministry, and various other ministries. While at Calvary, Dan has led missions trips to Honduras, New York City, the Philippines, and Los Angeles. He is currently working on a trip to Montreal and has just authored a book titled, "The Christ in Christian!"
Eric & Kaylie Croft - Student Ministries/ Community Development Pastor & Worship Leader
Eric & Kaylie are both graduates of Taylor University and were married in June of 2016. After a year of internship they joined the staff of Calvary, where Kaylie grew up. They bring a new dimension to their ministry, having served extensively in various churches and camp ministries. They are in charge of Student Ministry, both High School and Middle School, Community development, and leading our Worship program.
Jack VanAcker Assistant Pastor
Jack Vanacker is our Assistant Pastor. He has been at Calvary since he was five years old. He is a graduate of Detroit Bible College with a Masters in Religious Seminary Education. He and his wife Donna spent two years in Trinidad as a missionary. They returned to Michigan with their two children and one more on the way. He spent 14 years as Pastor in Northern Michigan. In 1997, he was asked to come help at Calvary for the summer, and he has been back ever since. Pastor Jack has received credentials to be a First Responder Chaplain, able to respond with Spiritual assistance in local and national emergency situations. He leads our discipleship class and helps lead small groups and pastoral care ministries.
Billy C. Walker Pastor Emeritus
Pastor Billy C. Walker pastored Calvary Baptist Church for over 30 years. He still continues his effective ministry at Calvary. He is also the Program Director for the Downriver Prayer Breakfast, and is the leader of the Southgate Pastors’ Meeting, as well as the Southgate Leadership Meeting. Billy C. Walker served as the founder and Director of Hiawatha Youth Camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for over 40 years. Hiawatha Camp and Conference Center welcomes the best speakers, musicians, and hundreds of guest each summer. It ministers under the Billy Walker Evangelistic Association, of which Pastor Billy C. Walker is still Chairman. Seen here with his wife, Sharon.