Calvary’s mission is making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis. As you learn about Calvary’s parish life and ministries you will recognize a lively parish where wonderfully diverse people have found a spiritual home and created a loving community. The opportunities for ministry at Calvary not only allow people to build authentic relationships with one another but also provide a supportive atmosphere for strengthening our relationships with God as we strive to be God’s hands and feet to each other and to the world around us.
The Rev. Scott Walters
Scott joined Calvary’s staff as the 22nd rector in 2017. Previously, he was the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he served since 2005. Before seminary, Scott worked as a carpenter and contractor, which began a curiosity about the way the “built environment” impacts Christian discipleship, especially with regard to stewardship of creation and Jesus’s charge to welcome the stranger. A native of Arkansas, Scott received his Bachelor of Arts in English from John Brown University and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Scott enjoys playing guitar (and a little mandolin), riding bikes, carpentry, poems, and walking, whether on a path in the woods or a sidewalk in the city. He is married to Ardelle, who is a counselor and faculty member for CREDO, a clergy wellness program of the Church Pension Group. Ardelle and Scott have two children, Alden and Kate.
The Rev. Katherine Bush
Katherine joined the Calvary Church community in the Fall of 2021. A life-long Memphian, Katherine has served at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Church of the Holy Communion, and most recently as Chaplain at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. She brings her love of learning to our formation and education programs. She is a graduate of Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, with her Masters of Divinity. Katherine and her husband Stephen married at Calvary (a long time ago) and are the parents of twins Henry and John. Katherine is a poetry-evangelist and enjoys walking through the Old Forest in Overton Park. She doesn’t believe that everything happens for a reason, but she does believe that God and beauty are always present.
The Rev. Paul K. McLain III
Paul joined the Calvary staff in September of 2015 and he guides and supports our pastoral care ministries. A native of Monticello, Mississippi, he received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi before pursuing careers in construction and community development. Reared a Southern Baptist, Paul embraced the Episcopal Church in his forties and began a journey toward ordination as a priest. He received a Master of Liberal Arts in the “Great Books” program of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before pursuing a Master of Divinity at Yale University and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Paul was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Kansas. He served as a chaplain resident at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita; curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas; and as sub-dean and canon at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Little Rock. Paul completed a two-year Certificate in Spiritual Direction program with Southern Methodist University-Perkins School of Theology and enjoys being a spiritual companion to Calvary parishioners and community members. Ruthie, Paul’s wife, is an attorney. She was confirmed at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, West Memphis. Ruthie served as director of volunteers at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis and program director for the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Paul and Ruthie enjoy reading, playing chess, and sampling good food and wine.
The Rev. Buddy Stallings
Buddy apparently can’t stay away from Calvary. In 2016-2017, he served as the Priest-in-Charge while the parish completed the search for its rector, Scott Walters. In the years since, Buddy has moved from Memphis and New York City to Jackson, MS, where, he had always said, he would never live again but where he now is giddily happy being near his grandchildren and their parents. Currently, he preaches once a quarter at Calvary and works on projects directed by the rector. In his words, “It’s a great gig, allowing me the chance to stay involved to a small degree in the life of a parish I came to love very deeply.” When he is not here, he assists at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Jackson and returns to NYC for short visits as often as possible. He retired as the twelfth rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Midtown Manhattan in June 2015.
Most parishioners connect to Calvary through liturgy and worship. Sunday and Holy Day liturgies at Calvary are joyful celebrations of our Episcopal tradition, enriched by notable musical offerings featuring our magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ.
Sundays at Calvary
|7:30AM||Community Breakfast Blessing/ Basement Church|
Year-round, Calvary volunteers prepare and serve a hot breakfast to approximately 200 neighbors experiencing homelessness in our community. A member of our clergy team leads everyone in prayer before breakfast. Volunteers are always welcome.
|8:00AM||Holy Eucharist, Rite I|
We welcome a limited number of in-person worshipers. Worshipers will be seated at least four feet from other households and will be asked to wear masks (one will be provided if you do not have one). Please review the COVID-19 symptoms and risks.
|9:15AM||Formation for all ages|
Faith formation classes are offered for adults, children, and youth on Sunday mornings, at 9:15 a.m.
The Adult Christian Formation Committee (ACF), a lay-led group that seeks to nurture the faith and spiritual growth of the Calvary community through inspirational and challenging formation offerings for adults, plans classes for adults for both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings at Calvary. Classes are led by clergy, lay volunteers, and guest speakers from local colleges, seminaries, churches, synagogues, and non-profit organizations.
Sunday morning classes for children use Godly Play as its foundation, while youth focus on learning to interact as a community of faith and learning how faith shapes their daily lives.
|10:30AM||Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Children’s Chapel|
We welcome in-person worshipers. Children’s Chapel is offered for ages 3 through 2nd grade during this service. Worshipers will be seated at least four feet from other households and will be asked to wear masks (one will be provided if you do not have one). Please review the COVID-19 symptoms and risks. We also live-stream Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. Watch the live stream on Calvary’s Facebook page or on our website.
|5:00PM||Evensong | Every first Sunday of the month, September through May |
Join us for a traditional Anglican choral liturgy in Calvary’s beautiful nave at twilight. Following the Book of Common Prayer service outline, Evensong gives weekend travelers an opportunity to worship or having been to a morning service, it offers a time of prayer and quiet reflection as evening falls. “Choral Evensong is a 45-min long peace-inducing church service in which the ‘song’ of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the ‘even’ point between the active day and restful night, allowing listeners time for restful contemplation–church members, agnostics and atheists alike.” (from choralevensong.org).
This service also is live-streamed on Calvary’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Wednesdays at Calvary
|12:00PM||Noonday Prayers | Join us in the church on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. for a short service of Noonday Prayers. Doors open at 11:45 a.m.|
|7:00PM||Compline | Join us for Compline every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in Calvary’s Chancel. Compline is led by Calvary youth and all are welcome to attend.|