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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleve Smith – Discipleship Team Lead
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 email@example.com
Mitch Larson – Worship Ministries
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 Pastor Mitch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shane Sundermann – Children 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 email@example.com
Scott Wiles – Discipleship Team
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Leisa Larson – Discipleship Team
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 gadded mother-in-law and grandma titles 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 people connect personally with the God of the Bible. Contact Leisa at email@example.com
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Nick Wiles – Youth Ministries
Nick has been attending Calvary Community Church since his family moved to Lincoln in 1999, in other words, his whole life. He was led to Christ in Pastor Shane’s kids ministry, and graduated from Parkview Christian School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Studies from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Since graduation, he married his wife Elizabeth, and joined the staff of Calvary. He now leads ministries for students 6th-12th grade; encouraging them to grow in their relationship with Christ through the Calvary Youth Group Community. Contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org.