Our Staff


  • Peter Smith  

    Lead Pastor


    Originally from Connecticut, Peter attended Furman University in Greenville, SC. It was at Furman that Peter met his wife, Kasie. They were married after graduation, lived in Greenville for several years and then moved to North Carolina, where Peter attended Wake Forest University School of Law. After receiving his J.D., Peter practiced law in Jacksonville, FL but felt God calling him to full-time pastoral ministry. He attended and graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a ThM in pastoral ministry. Peter's prior ministry experience includes serving on staff at The Howard Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership, serving as a pastor at a church in metro-Atlanta, and most recently pastoring at Community Bible Church in Savannah, GA. Peter and Kasie have four children ranging in ages from 9 to 17.  


    Click to email psmith@calvaryefc.com

  • Dan Darling

    Executive Pastor


    Dan comes to Calvary with a number of years of ministry experience.  He previously worked as an associate pastor at a large church in NY,  in a senior leadership role with an international Christian organization, and as Lead Pastor at a church in CT.  Dan and his wife, Kathy, served as missionaries in Portugal where they were involved in leadership development, creating curriculum and programming for local churches and also launching large scale evangelistic and outreach programs. Dan and Kathy have been married for 40 years and have two children and 10 grandchildren.


    Click to email ddarling@calvaryefc.com


  • Charles Shoaf

    Pastor of Students


    Charles was born and raised in Lexington, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Piedmont International University with a BA in Christian Ministries and a double minor in Student Ministries and Counseling. Charles previously served on a youth ministries staff in North Carolina.   


    Click to email cshoaf@calvaryefc.com

  • Jim taylor

    Director of Kids Life


    Jim grew up in Monroe and still lives there with his wife, Kim, and their 7 kids. He came to know Christ at Calvary and was involved in working with the children's ministries for several years before he was called to be the Director. He is blown away that God allows him to minister here.


    Click to email jtaylor@calvaryefc.com

  • EMMANUEL CHANG

    Worship Director


    A native of Toronto, Canada, Emmanuel spent his formative years in Massachusetts where he first picked up a guitar as a teenager and immediately fell in love with it. Prior to coming to Calvary, he spent the last 20 years serving as worship leader at First Korean Presbyterian Church in Manchester, CT and Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT. He and his wife, Sylvia, reside in Monroe with their daughter, Audrey.


    Click to email echang@calvaryefc.com

  • David Katz

    Technical Director


    David has been attending Calvary all his life and has been a volunteer for several years. After finishing his education at Christian Heritage School (K - 12), he went on to get a diploma in Basic Electronics. Currently he is pursuing a Telecommunication Technician certification.


    Click to email dkatz@calvaryefc.com

  • Andrea McIntyre Almeida

    Pastoral Assistant - Lead Pastor


    Andrea is thankful that Calvary has been her "home" church for over 35 years.  She and her late husband, Dave, have three wonderful daughters. In His timing, God brought her into a new relationship with Greg Almeida and they were married in 2015. She feels blessed to be serving the staff and congregation through working in the church office.


    Click to email aalmeida@calvaryefc.com


  • TINA KOENIG

    Community Life Assistant


    Tina and her husband, Fred, live in Shelton and have called Calvary their church home since 1994. They have 2 sons and are overjoyed to be grandparents of 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Tina is excited to work alongside the other Calvary staff as she serves the Community of Calvary.


    Click to email tkoenig@calvaryefc.com

  • Antoinette blaskewicz

    Pastoral Assistant to the Pastor of Students


    Calvary has been Antoinette’s home church for the past 30 years. She married her husband, Richard, at Calvary and they have raised their five children here as well. They live in Monroe where they run a family business. Antoinette is very blessed and excited to work with the Youth Ministry here.


    Click to email ablaskewicz@calvaryefc.com



  • Bernadette lewis

    Ministry Assistant - Kids Life


    Bern lives in Monroe with her husband Craig and two children, Sarah & Christopher. She and her family made Calvary their church home in 2006. Bern has a love for children and joined the Kids Life staff in 2008 where she helps serve the children and families of Calvary. In addition to her duties at Calvary, she is a preschool teacher and loves to teach the little ones about God's love.


    Click to email blewis@calvaryefc.com

  • Dawn Schwarz

    Facilities Director


    Dawn and her family have been attending Calvary since 2009 and are thrilled to call Calvary home. She loves the people of Calvary and is grateful to have the opportunity to work with some great people as Facilities Director. Dawn and her husband, Chris, have two daughters (Becky and Jenny) and a son, Chris. She loves serving in the student ministries and is blessed to develop friendships with "her" middle school girls and cheer them on as they grow in their understanding of God and learn how to thrive in their walk with Him. 


    Click to email dschwarz@calvaryefc.com


  • Kristine Scerbo

    Financial Administrator


    Kristine has lived in Trumbull for the past 30 years and Calvary has been her church home since then. She and her husband, Dominic, have three children (who also attend and serve at Calvary Church) and are delighted to be the grandparents of two granddaughters. Kristine enjoys working at Calvary and helping the staff and congregants with their financial questions. 


    Click to email kscerbo@calvaryefc.com