“My passion is to see people come to Jesus Christ as their Savior and then grow closer to Him on a daily basis. I love to see people take their Next Step in their Christianity. I strive to teach the Bible (what God has to say to us), not teach from the Bible (use the text to prove what I want to say). Part of my preaching style is to teach you how to study the Bible for yourself and to become a Berean (Acts 17:11). I study to learn more about the Bible so I can teach it, but I also spend a lot of time meeting people and reading about life today so my preaching can be relevant to your daily life challenges.”
Pastor Frank began as our Pastor in December, 2007. He previously served at Fishkill Baptist Church from 2003-2007. He graduated from Biblical Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity Degree in May, 2003. Prior to becoming a pastor, Frank was a successful businessman in the chemical water treatment business. He served in various roles, including several executive positions in a Fortune 500 Company. He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA in Marketing from Temple University. “Although I grew up in Rochester, NY, I spent the majority of my life in Philadelphia where I became and remain a die-hard Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers fan, and an occasional 76-ers fan. I now enjoy University of Hartford and UConn sports.” Pastor Frank has been married to Karen since 1977 and they have three adult daughters; he enjoys hiking and camping.
Office Administrator & Director of Children’s Ministry
Gail Parker is our Office Administrator since January 2016. She has been involved with Calvary Church for most of her life. Gail has raised two wonderful children, and now enjoys babysitting her grandson and granddaughter. Her interests are traveling, reading, entertaining, cooking and playing board games.
Pastor Russell became our Associate Pastor and Apprentice Lead Pastor on July 1, 2021. He and his wife, Amy, began attending Calvary in 2010. Russell served in a variety of ministry roles, including as a lay elder for six years, before experiencing God’s call into pastoral ministry. He is passionate about helping people live a “lifestyle of worship” in response to Jesus. Previously, Russell was the President & CEO at Urban Alliance, where he worked for nearly 13 years to connect and equip a network of Christian churches and nonprofits meeting community in Greater Hartford. Russell first came to Connecticut from his home state of North Carolina in 2004 to work with Hartford City Mission, sharing the gospel with children and youth through weekly programs and outreach. Russell earned a B.A. in Religion and Psychology from Duke University and an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. He enjoys playing the drums and getting outdoors with his family. Russell and Amy have been married since 2008, have three young children, and live in Hartford.