Staff

Thomas C. Townsend, Senior Pastor

Pastor Tom Townsend became Calvary’s Senior Pastor in August 2011 after serving as Sr. Pastor of First Baptist Church in Rochester, Michigan for 20 years.

He received his BA degree from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa and has an MA degree from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary in Theological Studies and an MRE degree from Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary in Pastoral Studies.

Pastor and his wife, Connie, have three children. Their oldest daughter, Jill is married to Jamie Fox, and is currently a full-time mom to sons J.C. and Jonas. Jennifer, married to Adam DeJans, is a student in the School of Nursing at Rochester College. Their son, Joshua, is married to Rachel and works for Open-Minds, a marketing and management support firm. Joshua and Rachel have a son, Parker, and a daughter, Avery.

Pastor Tom enjoys reading and many athletic activities, as well as volunteering in the community. He is currently a Board Member for the Battle Creek Rotary Club.

John Lippard, Pastor of Family & Student Ministries

Pastor John Lippard became Calvary’s Pastor of Family and Student Ministries in November 2012 after serving as Youth Pastor at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Sparta, Wisconsin for many years.

Pastor John, and his wife, Eunice, have five daughters, Nora, Natalie, Elise, Abigail, and Janelle.

Pastor John enjoys playing a variety of musical instruments and woodworking and has a fascination with the Bombardier Beetle.

Connie Cary, Administrative Assistant

Connie Cary has attended Calvary Baptist Church since 1972 and joined the staff in 1991 where she serves faithfully as Administrative Assistant.

Connie is married to Steve. Connie and Steve have three adult children, and four grandsons.