Garrett (Gary) J. Sawyer- Lead Pastor

Gary has completed work from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary and holds degrees in theology and ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University and Liberty University.

The Sawyer’s come from significant ministry experiences in Springfield, MO; Austin, TX; and Charlotte, NC before coming to the Greater Binghamton area in 1988 to start Calvary Community.

Enjoys the Gaither Vocal Band and really likes Kenny Rogers “Planet Called Texas.” Is waiting for the Dallas Cowboys and the NY Yankees to make their comeback. Insipte of the 2015 Superdish – follows The Seahawks Russell Wilson. Reads John Grisham novels and studies John Maxwell writings. Collects old west cowboy art. Best – cherishes wife and love of his life, DIane. Both are having a ball loving on their grandkids and just being proud of M & M & M & M and their spouses.

Pastor Tom Briggs Executive Pastor

Pastor Tom served at the Apalachin Alliance Church as Solo Pastor for 17 years. He graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a BS in Pastoral Ministries and from Binghamton University with a Masters in Public Administration. He served as an Assistant Pastor in Turnersville, New Jersey, where he oversaw administrative functions, assisted in the establishment small group ministries, provided leadership and direction to Christian Education, and trained people in evangelism. Tom’s service in Apalachin has included the establishment of small groups, a Good News Club (after-school Bible club), Youth Group, and prayer partnerships. Pastor Tom is married to Tracey and has two amazing teenage children, Thomas and Tabitha. His extra-curricular interests include running, reading, hunting, fishing, biking, motorcycling, guitar, naps, and hiking. As the Executive Pastor at Calvary PT performs various administrative functions for the church office and counseling center, provides pastoral care to the office staff and counselors, participates in worship services, and gives assistance to Pastor Gary or others wherever needed.

Douglas Hill, Jr., Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Men

Pastor Doug and Nancy come to us from rich ministry backgrounds both in church planting and staff ministry. In the 90’s Doug pastored an international church in Seoul Korea and served as chaplain in a large Christian school for international students.

Doug is degreed from Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. In ministry, he has led a Wild at Heart Men’s group that grew to over 100 men from several churches in the Binghamton area. Also, Doug co-founded what we know now as Greater Binghamton Prays, an interdenominational gathering of pastors and intercessors who meet weekly here at Calvary Community to pray for revival and community transformation.

Doug has served as Associate Pastor coaching small group leaders, men’s ministry leaders coach, and was part of the preaching team. Presently he serves in our Christian Counseling Center as a FAMILY COUNSELOR providing guidance for couples seeking marriage help and counseling men.

Doug has a passion for evangelism and discipleship. We are grateful for his participation on the Calvary Community Church ministry team.

Jessica Himmelberger – Lay Assistant to the Pastor

Jessica graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in biomechanical engineering. Shortly after marrying her best friend, Clay Himmelberger, they moved from Maryland to the Binghamton Area, where she started her masters in education from SUNY.

In 2008, Jessica felt clearly called to youth ministry at Calvary Community Church and has a heart for seeing teens and their families really love Christ and know Him personally. Jessica also loves seeing people connect and belong to Christ’s community and hopes Calvary is a church where you feel connected within and encouraged to reach out.

Jessica also loves cultures and languages and spent the first 18 years of her life in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, and loves the beauty and friendliness of the Brazilian land and culture. Jessica is fluent in Portuguese and English and proficient in Spanish. Clay and Jess have three wonderful children, Hugh, Miah, and Cole. As a family they love traveling, hiking and camping.

Diane Sawyer – Director of Worship Ministries

Diane graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in music education. More recently, she completed a Masters in Counseling. She is married to our Senior Pastor and has served in worship ministry throughout each of their church tenures. Diane brings a rich appreciation for the place music holds in promoting an enviornment open to God’s presence among those in the congregation. While valuing the rich historical heritage of music within the Christian church, she finds great benefit in the church utilizing contemporary expressions of worship.

Having considerable experience as a counselor, DIane demonstrates a great sense of discernment in choosing songs that minister deeply into the human soul. Her experience in teaching music in several educational settings has sharpened her ability to give direction to the variety of gifted instrumentalists and vocalists who comprise the Calvary Community Worship Team.

We are grateful for Diane and so many others who lead and serve us in the various aspects of church life and our desire to glorify God and worship.Him in spirit and in truth.