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, Robert 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, Robert 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) and at Southern Seminary (Fall, 1982). He has been a trustee at Georgetown College (1984-1991, 1995-2002) 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 our state convention’s Executive Board (1987-1988, 1997-1999). He preached the annual Convention sermon in November of 1993. Currently, he serves on the Administrative Board of Central Baptist Hospital 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.

Robert and his wife Deborah, who teaches reading at Meadowthorpe Elementary School in Lexington, have three children. Katy is a kindergarten teacher and is married to Iain Goodridge. Nan (Dr. Nan, that is) is married to Rob (soon to be Dr. Rob) and John Robert is married to Danyelle.


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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 Taskforce for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency and has served on the Coordinating Council of the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship.

Hank and his wife Linda, also a Louisville native, met as Georgetown college students. They have been married for forty-four years. Linda recently 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 two amazing granddaughters, Caroline and Avery.  

Among his responsibilities at Calvary are the teaching ministry of the church, staff supervision, administrative consultation, curriculum development, leading Bible Studies for adults, and periodic preaching. Beginning in the Fall of 2014 Rev. Ellington will also lead LOGOS: Focusing On Faith Past Fifty. Officially retired from thirty years of church softball, Hank enjoys golf, traveling, reading, and his lifelong secular passion – the Kentucky football Wildcats. 


Rev. Warren Howell, Minister for Music and worship


As of this January, Warren joins the staff of Calvary, 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 also served churches in Virginia, Florida, and Texas.

Warren and his spouse, Maureen, have two children -- Andrew (1990-2010) and Clara.  The Howells are managed at home by Ginger, an 8-yr 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. 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.

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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, camping, reading children’s literature and cooking. Carrie Beth and her husband Ken have two sons, Andrew and Benjamin.


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Robin Prichard, Minister To College Students


Robin is a native of Williamsburg, KY. She attended Transylvania University, Cumberland College, and graduated in 1991 from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Robin served as a US-2 missionary for the Home Mission Board where she was a campus minister and directed a resort ministry program. Following her term of service, she continued working with college students as she served as the Student Missions Specialist for the Home Mission Board.

Her ministry experience also includes serving as a Volunteer BSU director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, serving as children’s minister at First Baptist Church, London, KY, and working for the Alabama Baptist Convention as a campus minister at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Robin comes to Calvary after receiving her Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. She and Terrell have two daughters, Courtney and Whitley, and one son, Peyton.


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Rev. Brian Varble, Minister of Missions and Recreation


Thomas Merton talks about God’s nurturing and developing us into becoming the follower God wants us to be. I am thankful for a new calling and creating new God stories. I am also very fortunate to continue my ministry at Calvary. This is an amazing church! After serving as Youth Minister for the past 9½ years, I am now serving as Minister of Missions and Recreation. I am blessed to further my relationship with this wonderful congregation and lead the church in new mission and recreation ministries. I will be guiding the church in new mission activities (local, statewide, national and global) and oversee the outreach part of the Recreation Outreach Center. Again, I am extremely grateful for a new beginning in a familiar setting.

I am blessed to have been married to Tammy for 19 years. She is very patient with busy schedules and a lot of extra travel. I have two sons, Brandon, a senior at Woodford County High School, and Andrew, an eighth grader at Woodford County Middle School.

One last note, I think I have finally matured from a Cincinnati Reds fan to a St. Louis Cardinals fan. However, I am still struggling with my Bengals (please pray).


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Dr. Richard Landon, Minister of Pastoral Counseling


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

He and his wife, Judy, are Member Care Counselors for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionary families in Western Europe. He works with many clergy and/or family members.  He also does spiritual direction.


Support Staff

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John Baker, Recreation Program Director Email

Barry Dedman, Senior Adult Director 

Marilyn Fightmaster, Pianist 

Joye Smith, Women's Ministry Director Email

Heather Barron, Young Adult Coordinator Email

Joni Breeding, Pastor's Assistant Email

Tyanna White, Associate Pastor's Assistant Email

Melinda Kelly, Financial Secretary 

Lisa Garvey, College Assistant Email

Beverly Chavez, Children and Youth Assistant  Email

Don Ellington, Maintenance Supervisor

Tyler Reed, Custodian

Harold Black, Custodian

Susan Scott, Receptionist Email

Steve Lange, Food Service Director

Lisse Lawson, Children's Music Coordinator

Ann McKinley, Mother's Day Out Director Email