BA, MA, DMin
Pastor Jim began his ministry at Calvary in October of 2016. Born in Detroit, he grew up in Warren and then Clarkston until he left for college in 1985. He and Lorie (from Lapeer) were married in 1989 and now have 3 adult children. He entered pastoral ministry in 1994 and has served as a youth pastor (6 years) and an executive pastor (11 years). He has also held two senior pastorates--one in North Carolina (5 years), and now in Michigan. In addition to pastoral ministry, Jim has been actively teaching pastoral theology and biblical counseling on both the undergraduate and graduate levels in several institutions since 2000. Jim is a certified counselor for both the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors as well as the Association of Biblical Counselors.
His hobbies include pocket knives (especially Buck and Benchmade Knives), reading, outdoors, fishing, and shooting. And his favorite teams all have the first name of Detroit.
Associate pastor of family ministries
AA, BS, MA
Ernie Bowman has been the Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan since 2017. He is a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) and Maranatha Baptist Seminary (Watertown, WI). He is currently in the doctoral program of Baptist Bible Seminary (Clark Summit, PA). In addition to preaching, he blogs regularly at www.thefoolish1.com where he writes about life, sports, reading, and the twists of living for Jesus in a fallen world. Ernie has published two books: Legend of the Wapa is a jungle missions novel from Cruciform Press. A Surgeon's Hands - God's Work tells the life story and medical missions career of Dr. Bob Cropsey. Ernie is also a culinary arts graduate of Oakland Community College (Farmington, MI) and worked as a chef prior to going into vocational ministry. He and his wife Natalie are both native Michiganders and together they are raising three children.
Carolyn joined Calvary's secretarial staff in 2017. She works closely with Pastor Jim and the Calvary Business Manager Dave Krause.
She was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in the then small town of Utica before moving to Romeo as a high school student. Living on a small farm in Romeo enabled her to enjoy her passion of horses and taught her many life lessons while raising animals. After only a few of years in Romeo, she left to attend college at Grand Rapids Baptist College for three years before she transferred to Eastern Michigan University to pursue her degree in education. It was during her years at EMU that she began attending Calvary Baptist Church, and that began her long-time relationship with the church and its people.
Carolyn’s ministry at the church began in 1975 when she was hired to teach fourth grade at Calvary Christian Academy. Through the years, she taught a variety of grades and subjects – everything from fourth grade to seniors in high school. She learned how to put a yearbook together, to coach volleyball, cheerleading, and girls’ basketball, to sponsor the Honor Society, and to be a high school class sponsor. When the doors of Calvary Christian Academy closed in 2015, she moved on to new endeavors which now include working as an enrollment secretary for School Financial Solutions in Brighton and South Redford, and spending two days a week in the Calvary Baptist Church office. When she is not sitting at the computer doing her two part-time jobs, she enjoys antiquing, gardening, reading, and doing puzzles
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- Alan Davis
- Rick Getchell
- Andy Martin
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