Carl Godwin – Senior Pastor and Founder

A native of Lincoln, Carl Godwin is the founding pastor of Calvary Community Church. Having accepted Christ as his personal Savior as a child, Carl felt God’s calling to the pastorate at the age of 16.

Carl and his wife Gayle  met during college and have been married over 48 years. Following graduation, they set out on a journey to observe some of America’s fastest-growing churches. During this time, they both began to sense God’s leading to begin a church in Lincoln. Carl & Gayle have three children and thirteen grandchildren.  Contact Pastor Carl at cgodwin@mycalvary.org

Cleve Smith – Adult Ministries

Cleve Smith grew up in Panama City, Florida where he learned to survive bitter winters that occasionally dipped to 35 degrees! At Tennessee Temple University he received his BA in Bible and developed a passion for church ministry. Not to mention his passion for his wife Kim! Before coming to Lincoln, Cleve served at churches in West Virginia and North Carolina.

Cleve and Kim came to Calvary in February 2005 (during one of our record-breaking cold spells!). Here at Calvary, Cleve is responsible for overseeing the adult ministries. Cleve and Kim have four adult children. Contact Pastor Cleve at csmith@mycalvary.org

Steve Davenport – Student Ministries

Pastor Steve was born in Atlanta, Georgia and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida in 1993.  From there, he went on to earn his Master of Divinity degree from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta.

Having developed a passion for Husker football at a young age, Steve was in Husker heaven when he joined the Calvary staff in 2000. Steve and his wife Terry have two sons, Nathan and Daniel. Here at Calvary, Pastor Steve faithfully teaches God’s Word to our youth and develops passionate followers of Christ for the next generation.  Away from church, Steve is a national champion weightlifter. Contact Pastor Steve at sdavenport@mycalvary.org

Mitch Larson – Worship Ministries

Mitch Larson was born and raised in North Dakota and western Nebraska.  He attended University of Nebraska at Kearney where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music.

After teaching music in Iowa for nine years, Mitch followed God’s leading into full-time worship ministry. In 2000, Mitch, along with his wife, Leisa, and four children made the move from Indiana to Lincoln and Calvary. In addition to leading the congregation in powerful and inspiring weekly worship, Mitch has discovered a new joy in entertaining his two grandchildren. Contact P

astor Mitch at mlarson@mycalvary.org

Shane Sundermann – Children’s Ministries

Shane Sundermann started attending Calvary Community Church with his family when he was ten years old. After attending Parkview Christian School, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City. He met his wife Debi in college and they moved back to Lincoln in 1999.

Shane started serving as children’s pastor in 2000.  Shane has assembled a staff of volunteers that excite as well encourage kids in their walk with Christ through the use of drama, games and music to make the Bible come alive.  Shane and Debi have four children. Contact Pastor Shane at ssundermann@mycalvary.org

Scott Wiles – Men’s & Senior Adults Ministries

Pastor Scott was first introduced to Calvary Community Church in 1999 when he was invited to join the faculty of Parkview Christian School as English teacher. His spiritual growth while attending Calvary led him to follow the call of Christ into pastoral ministry.

Upon graduating from Grace University in May 2008, Scott welcomed the opportunity to join Calvary’s staff. Scott and his wife Karen have four children that remind them daily of God’s lovingkindness. Contact Pastor Scott at swiles@mycalvary.org

Lane Grone – College and Young Adult Ministries

Pastor Lane was born and raised in Lincoln. After earning his B.A. in education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lane  married his high school sweetheart Stephanie. Lane then went on to get

his Master’s degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

Lane joined the team here at Calvary in the fall of 2012 for a pastoral internship, and came on staff full-time one year later. When not at the church, you can find Lane enjoying time with his wife Stephanie and son Cayson at a local park, at a Husker sporting event, or at his favorite restaurant Chipotle. Contact Pastor Lane at lgrone@mycalvary.org

Leisa Larson – Women’s Ministries

As the youngest of six children (four of them brothers), Leisa has always been fascinated by the women in her life! After earning a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Theatre Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney she taught for several years at an all-girls high school, before becoming a full-time mom to four children. Since then, she has gotten to add the titles mother-in-law and grandma and is enjoying all the love those roles bring.

Leisa came to Calvary in 2000, with her husband, Mitch, and joined the staff team in the spring of 2011. She loves serving full-time at Calvary, where she gets to help women connect personally with the God of the Bible. Contact Leisa at llarson@mycalvary.org

Jeff Ryan – Executive Director

Jeff Ryan is the youngest of five boys.  He grew up playing most every sport and played

basketball and ran track at Hastings College.  Jeff married his college sweetheart, Tori, and they have four children, David, Michael, Hannah and Jonathan, who keep them running every day!  Jeff and Tori began attending Calvary Community Church in 2000, just as their first son was born.

Jeff worked as an Air Traffic Controller at the Lincoln Airport for 28 years.  After retiring in 2015, he joined our team at Calvary full-time as an Executive Director.  He really enjoys planning, working with teams and finding solutions together.  Contact Jeff at jryan@mycalvary.org

Karen Wintermute – Administrative Assistant

Karen was born and raised in Grand Island, NE.  She met her husband, Rick, when he tagged along with some friends to a Christian singles events.  They have been married since 1986 and have two adult children, Erik & Kristi.

Karen became the Administrative Assistant in March 2017, after her offer of help got Jeff and the staff thinking of her in a full-time position instead of part-time help.  Contact Karen at kwintermute@mycalvary.org