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.
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-three 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, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner serving in the UK Healthcare system. The Ellington’s have one grandchild, Caroline Helen Hicks, who is very close to perfect.
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, and periodic preaching. Officially retired from thirty years of church softball, Hank enjoys golf, traveling, reading, and his lifelong secular passion – the Kentucky football Wildcats.
Rev. K. Seth Hix, Minister of Music
Rev. Hix came to Calvary as Minister of Music in November of 2007. He earned both his Bachelor (2000) and Master (2002) of church music degrees at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Seth was born and raised in Ozark, Alabama, where his parents served in music ministry for over 29 years until their retirement in 2007.
Before coming to Calvary, Rev. Hix served as Minister of Music at North Riverside Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia (2003-07). He also served Hillview Baptist Church in Birmingham as Minister of Music & Minister of Youth and First Baptist Church of Abbeville, Alabama, as Minister of Music & Youth. His ministry experience also includes serving in various capacities at Mountain Brook Baptist Church, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church and Independent Presbyterian Church, all in Birmingham.
Seth's wife, Genelle, is employed by University of Kentucky Healthcare as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetic Educator in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. The Hix family welcomed their first child, Caleb, in 2009 and most recently a daughter, Madilyn, in 2011. In addition to his love of music and worship, Seth enjoys spending time with family, traveling and playing church softball and following Atlanta Braves baseball.
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. 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.
Rev. Jason Matlack, Minister to Youth
Jason Matlack came to Calvary as Minister to Youth in December of 2010. An Ohio native, Jason received degrees from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN and Wake Forest University Divinity School in Winston-Salem, NC. He has also studied Baptist history and theology at Regent's Park College at the University of Oxford.
Before coming to Calvary, Jason served as Minister to Youth at First Baptist Church of Shreveport, LA. While in Shreveport, Jason helped organize the first CROP Hunger Walk in that community in 2009. He also served as Youth Director at Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, NC from 2005-2008.
Jason enjoys reading, travel, and cheering on Ohio State athletics with his wife Sara!
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.
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).
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.
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Barry Dedman, Senior Adult Director
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