Calvary Episcopal Church

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102 N. Second Street

About Us

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. Amber Carswell
Associate Rector

Amber came to Calvary in January 2018 from the Diocese of Arkansas, the place where she found the Episcopal church in her 20s. She holds a Master of Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Science in Information Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (her one piece of tech advice is to turn it off and turn it back on again.) Besides a priest’s given work of preaching, teaching, and pastoral care, Amber also guides our formation programs, including children, youth, and adult ministries. She also works on developing new formative experiences for our Calvary community, including retreats, pilgrimages, and other immersive spiritual experiences. Amber grew up in small-town Kansas, the oldest (and tallest) of four sisters. She is married, has two dogs, and enjoys cooking, hiking, gardening, and Dostoevsky.

The Rev. Paul K. McLain III
Associate Rector

Paul joined the Calvary staff in September of 2015. Most recently, Paul served as sub-dean and canon of Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. A native of Monticello, Mississippi, Paul 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 Masters in Liberal Arts in the “Great Books” program of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, 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. Paul recently completed a two-year Certificate in Spiritual Direction program with Southern Methodist University-Perkins School of Theology and looks forward to being a spiritual companion to members and potential members of Calvary. Ruthie, Paul’s wife, is an attorney specializing in American Indian Law and Environmental Law. Ruthie was previously director of volunteers at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis and served as program director for the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Paul and Ruthie enjoy reading, playing chess, and sampling good food and wine.

Sundays at Calvary

7:30AMCommunity Breakfast Blessing
Year-round, Calvary volunteers prepare and serve a hot breakfast to approximately 200 homeless persons in our community. A member of our clergy team leads everyone in prayer before breakfast. Volunteers are always welcome.
8:00AMTraditional Eucharist
This service features more traditional “Elizabethan” language in a contemplative and intimate setting that features a cantor and traditional hymns. This service ends before 8:45 a.m. and many of the early morning worshipers gather for the parish breakfast which follows in the Mural Room.
10:00AMEucharist with Children’s Chapel
The 10 a.m. Eucharist with Children’s Chapel attracts a widely varied congregation of all ages including a strong contingent of young families. Music is led by the semi-professional Calvary Choir with participation from our Boys and Girls Choir, St. Cecilia Choir (second grade and younger), and the Calvary Ringers hand-bell choir. Formation classes for all ages are offered following this service.
11:15AMFormation classes for adults, youth, and children Faith formation classes are offered for adults, children, and youth on Sunday mornings, following the 10 a.m. worship service. 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.
5:00PMEvensong 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.

Wednesdays at Calvary

12:05PMHoly Eucharist with Prayers for Healing Join us in the church on Wednesdays at 12:05 p.m. for short service of Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing. Calvary also offers dinner, classes, and choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings.