Our Staff

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Dr. Robert Baker, Pastor


Dr. Robert G. Baker has been the pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, since September 1991. A native of Georgetown (Scott County), Kentucky, Bob has lived in Kentucky all of his life. He is a graduate of Scott County High School (1971), Georgetown College (1975), and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div. in 1978 and Ph.D. in 1982). Besides his pastorate at Calvary Baptist in Lexington, Bob has pastored three other Kentucky Baptist churches: Greenup Fork Baptist in Owen County (1972-1975); Midway Baptist in Woodford County (1978-1982; Youth Minister from 1975-1977); and Lexington Avenue Baptist in Danville (1982-1991).

In addition to his pastorates, Dr. Baker has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown College (1980-1982), at Southern Seminary (Fall, 1982), and at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (2006 and 2007). He has served as a trustee at Georgetown College (1984-1991, 1995-2002, and 2017 - ) and was chairman of the Georgetown College Board of Trustees (1988-1991). A two-term member of the Kentucky Baptist Convention State Executive Board (1986-88, 1997-2000), Dr. Baker has also been a member of the Administrative Committee of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (1987-1988, 1997-1999). He preached the annual Convention sermon in November of 1993. Dr. Baker is actively involved in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (where he has served on the CBF Coordinating Council) and in CBFKy.  Currently, he serves on the Administrative Board of Baptist Hospital Lexington and on the board of Interfaith Counseling Center in Lexington. 

Dr. Baker is the author of Amos: Doing What Is Right (1995). He has also written four units of Sunday School lessons for Smyth & Helwys and has had several of his sermons published. His hobbies include golf, biking, walking, reading, and cheering for the University of Kentucky basketball team and the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.

Robert and his wife Deborah, who teaches reading and who serves as the Literacy Coach at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles, have three children. Katy is a kindergarten teacher and is married to Iain Goodridge who is a computer software engineer. Nan (Dr. Nan, that is) is a piano pedagogy music professor and is married to Rob Richerson (who is a university marketing professor). John Robert is a sports recreation director at Calvary Baptist and is married to Danyelle who is an ICU nurse at Baptist Health Lexington. Bob and Deborah have four grandchildren who call them “Big Bob” and “Mama Deb”: Baxter and Oliver Goodridge and Annie and Will Richerson.


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Rev. Hank Ellington, Associate Pastor


Associate Pastor Hank Ellington was called to Calvary’s staff in May 1993 as Minister of Education. A Louisville native, Rev. Ellington did the bulk of his undergraduate work at Georgetown College before graduating from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Communications. He earned a Master of Arts degree at Lexington Theological Seminary.

Rev. Ellington has written more than seventy curriculum pieces for both the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and for Smyth & Helwys Publishing. He has served as a conference leader for the Southern Baptist Convention, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, and the Elkhorn Baptist Association. He served on the Governor’s Task Force for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency and has served on the Coordinating Council of the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. He currently serves on the Lexington Fayette County Urban County Government Senior Adult Advisory Council.

Hank and his wife Linda, also a Louisville native, met as Georgetown College students. They have been married for forty-seven years. Linda is retired after a teaching career in public and private schools. The Ellington’s have two daughters, Sarah Ellington Hicks (married to Drew), an attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Emily Ellington Robinson (married to Randy), a pediatric nurse practitioner serving in the UK Healthcare system. The Ellington’s have five grandchildren, Caroline, Avery, and Tucker Hicks and twins Harrison and Madeline Robinson.    

Among his responsibilities at Calvary are the teaching ministry of the church, staff supervision, administrative consultation, curriculum development, stewardship education, leading Bible studies for adults, periodic preaching, and the coordination of LOGOS a ministry created for older adults. Officially retired from thirty years of church softball, Hank enjoys golf, traveling, writing, and his lifelong secular passion – the Kentucky football Wildcats.

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 Niki Hays, Minister to College Students and Young Adults

A native Texan, Niki Hays was born and raised in Houston where she completed her undergraduate work at Houston Baptist University. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christianity and Speech, Niki went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Niki served as Minister of Education and Students at Monument Baptist Church in Deer Park, Texas for 19 years before being led to Calvary. She had the privilege of overseeing education from birth to senior adults. She served on the Board of Trustees for The Texas Baptist Home For Children.

Niki enjoys traveling, Mexican food (and all things spicy), and family nights at home. She is married to Ryan, a music teacher, and they have two children, Ryder and Karis.

Rev. Warren Howell, Minister for Music and worship


Warren joined the staff of Calvary in 2015, having moved from Charlotte, NC, where for 12 years he served St. John’s Baptist Church in worship and music.  A native of southern California, Warren is a graduate of Baylor University (1985) and of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1987), and has served churches in Virginia, Florida, and Texas.

He enjoys listening to and participating in a wide variety of musical styles.  Above all, he considers singing with the entire congregation, the favorite part of his job. Warren and his spouse, Maureen, have two children and are managed at home by Ginger, their beloved old beagle-basset.  In addition to music-making, Warren enjoys cooking, meeting people, reading, traveling & writing about these and other things.


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Dr. Richard "rick" Landon
Director of the Interfaith Counseling Center


Dr. Richard Landon is the Director of the Interfaith Counseling Center, an affiliated ministry of Calvary Baptist Church.  He is a Pastoral Counselor (AAPC), Spiritual Director (SDI), Kentucky Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT), and Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Formation at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky.

He is a Member Care Counselor for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionary families in Western Europe. He works with many clergy and/or family members.

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Jordan Lindsey, Worship Leader (Early Service)/Music Associate


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Dr. Kevin Raybuck, Organist/Information Services Director


Dr. Kevin Raybuck holds degrees from Asbury College and the University of Kentucky in piano and composition / theory. His organ teachers include Schuyler Robinson and Gerre Hancock (of Westminster fame). He is an active composer and arranger for Calvary and other ensembles. His compositions have been performed in Europe as well as the United States. A native of the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania area and ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 2009, he has served our Lord through Calvary since 1991.

Rev. Justin Sizemore, Youth Minister


Justin is a native of Somerset, Kentucky and has been working in student ministry for over ten years. He has served as a Youth Intern, Interim Youth Minister, and College Ministry Intern at churches both here in Kentucky and in Georgia.

Justin is a graduate of Georgetown College where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He completed his seminary training at the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University where he obtained a Master of Divinity.

Justin is married to Abby Sizemore and they have two children, their daughter, Ann-Thomas Sizemore, and one fur-baby, Rosie.

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Rev. Carrie Beth Tonks, Minister of Childhood Education


Carrie Beth was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Tennessee Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Following college she attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she received a Master of Arts in Religious Education.

After seminary Carrie Beth served in two churches in Texas: First Baptist Church, The Colony and First Baptist Church, Abilene. Carrie Beth has served as Calvary's Minister of Childhood Education since September 1993.

In addition to serving as a minister at Calvary, Carrie Beth enjoys leading children’s ministry conferences. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading and cooking. Carrie Beth and her husband Ken have two sons, Andrew and Benjamin.

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Rev. Brian Varble, Minister of Missions and Recreation


I have served Calvary for 18 years.  It has been a blast. My first 10 years I was the Minister of  Youth.  The past 8 years I served as the Minister of Missions and Recreation.  I have been blessed to serve an amazing church.  Through Calvary, God has gifted me with many adventures and stories of how much God loves us.  I am thankful to be part of God's plan at Calvary Baptist.

I have been married to Tammy for 27 years.  We met her second week at Cumberland College (University of the Cumberlands).  We have two sons, Brandon, age 23 (a CPA and Western Kentucky University alum) and Andrew, age 20 (Samford University).  We enjoy life together.  We go on trips and still play games (mainly whiffle ball) in the backyard.

I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and supporting the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bengals (I understand the paradox.)

Support Staff

John Baker, Recreation Program Director Email
Joni Breeding, Pastor's Assistant Email
Beverly Chavez, Children and Youth Assistant  Email
Ken Connors, Maintenance Supervisor
Marilyn Fightmaster, Pianist
Lisa Garvey, Communications Director,  College Assistant Email
Melinda Kelly, Financial Assistant
Steve Lange, Food Service Director Emeritus
Ed Lynch, Business Administrator Email
Ann McKinley, Mother's Day Out Director    Email
Susan Scott, Receptionist Email
Orislava Skoroplyas, Food Service Director
Joye Smith, Women's Ministry Director
Scott Thurman, ROC Assistant
Tyanna White, Associate Pastor's Assistant Email