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 11 to 19.  


    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


  • Jim taylor

    Director of Students/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

  • Brandon Ventling

    Worship Pastor


    Brandon and his wife, Jenni-Rae, have been married for over eight years and have three children.   Before coming here to Calvary,  Brandon served at churches in Indiana, Alabama and the Northeast. His clear gifting in, and passion for, leading worship is complemented by his education in worship ministry, leadership development and comprehensive skills with music theory.  Brandon and Jenni-Rae come to Calvary with a clear sense of calling, excitement, and passion.


    Click to email bventling@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 and one grandson. Kristine enjoys working at Calvary and helping the staff and congregants with their financial questions. 


    Click to email kscerbo@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

  • LEEANNE APPIO

    Ministry Admin Assistant


    LeeAnne is the youngest of five children originally from Long Island, NY. She was raised Catholic but came to know Christ her sophomore year of college and was baptized at Calvary Church in March of 2019. She is currently living in Connecticut finishing her degree in Psychology at Sacred Heart University. She has been involved in college ministry throughout her time at Sacred Heart through their Peer Ministry Team as well as serving as the president of Lighthouse Christian Community, a Bible study held on campus. LeeAnne is excited to serve at Calvary in this new season of ministry in her life.


    Click to email:  lappio@calvaryefc.com

  • Tim siegrist

    Facilities Director Assistant


    Tim has a passion for creating community and using hospitality to do that. He and his wife, Jessie, and their
    3 children have been in ministry at Sacred Heart University for the last 7 years, inviting the students into their lives and their home. Tim hopes to continue that passion here at Calvary by creating a welcoming environment for the church.


    Click to email: tsiegrist@calvaryefc.com

  • Andrea McIntyre Almeida

    Pastoral Assistant - Lead & Executive Pastors


    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


  • AMY Habboush

    Nursery Director


    Amy lives in Sandy Hook with her husband, Kuthair, and their three children, Abbie, Lily and Luke. They have been members at Calvary since 2015.  Amy has a background in nursing and is happy to be in this new role working alongside the children and families of Calvary.


    Click to email: ahabboush@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