Transition Leadership


The Rector Nominating Committee


Lisa Pullem, Convenor

Lisa has attended Calvary since baptism and confirmation in 2006.  She is married to Chris  Pullem and they have two children, Jordana (Jordi) and Caroline.  Lisa is employed by Kings Daughters Medical Center.   She serves on the Vestry, as a lay reader, usher, and on the Altar Guild and she is on the Nominating Committee.  Lisa enjoys Calvary's traditional liturgy and Holy Eucharist each week.  As for Calvary's future, Lisa hopes the parish continues to grow and can redefine our purpose in the downtown Ashland community.



Deborah Braun

Debbie has attended Calvary since 1998.  She is married to Charley Braun and they have two grown children, Katie and Andrew.  She currently serves as Youth Coordinator and Sunday School and Children's Chapel teacher.  Debbie also plays a vital role in the planning and formation of Vacation Bible School every summer.  She will also join Calvary's Vestry this June.  Debbie is an office manager at an insurance agency and enjoys visiting friends and family, traveling, and walking.  She loves the warmth and faith she feels as a member of this parish and hopes Calvary continues to grow. 



Stephanie Disney

Stephanie has been a member of Calvary since 2010.  She serves as an EYC Youth Leader, VBS planner and teacher, and is involved with Calvary's Women's ministries.  She is married to Wick Sewell and they have two children, Rudy and Joseph.  Stephanie works as an Audiologist at the VA Medical Center in Huntington, WV.  She stays busy running with her children and enjoys writing when she gets the opportunity.  One of Stephanie's essays was featured on NPR's "This I Believe" radio program.  Stephanie feels that Calvary touches her heart with a loving, accepting, spirit that welcomes everyone.



Lyndi Lowman

Lyndi has been a member of Calvary since 2009.  She also serves as an EYC Youth Leader, VBS teacher and volunteers in the church office.  She is married to E.B. Lowman.  They have a daughter, Caroline, and are expecting their second child in June.  Lyndi works in the home and enjoys being with her family, golfing, and gardening.   Lyndi hopes to see Calvary continue to grow into a vibrant community of believers and participants in God's word and would love to see young families continue to join and participate in our special community.




Judy Ford

Judy is a lifelong Calvary member and served in many leadership roles including as Senior Warden, two Vestry terms, Senior and Junior High Sunday School Teacher, and as the Celtic Festival Chairwoman.  She is married to Jerry and they have three grown children, Richard, Christy, and Michael.  Judy is retired and now enjoys quilting and reading.  She feels God in Calvary Church and would like to see Calvary remain a vibrant witness to Jesus Christ.





Liz Alexander

Liz has been a member of Calvary since 1979 and is a Professor of Marketing at Marshall University.  She is married to Sam Alexander and they have two children, Zach and Meg.  She is currently involved as an Usher, the Chair of the Altar Guild, Prayer Shawl ministry, VBS and in Calvary's Women's group.   Liz's hobbies include needlework and reading.  Calvary gives Liz a wonderful place to worship and serve.  She would love to see Calvary grow to become a spiritual force in the community and congregants' lives.




Steve Gilmore

Steve has attended Calvary for more than 36 years and is married to Suzanne Gilmore.  He has two grown children, Stephanie Gilmore and Katy Sebastian, two step-sons, Paul Webb and Andrew Webb and four grandchildren, Carlyle, Annabelle, Langley and Lillian, all members of Calvary.  Steve currently acts as Chalice Bearer, Lector, and Meals on Wheels contact.  His hobbies include golf, fishing, hiking, and gardening.  Steve feels Calvary provides strength and support to his spiritual, family, and vocational lives.  Calvary is "a sincere, caring, and giving community to wonderful Christian people." 


Our Rector in the Interim

The Rev. Ronald D. Pogue has been called to serve as Rector in the Interim at Calvary. Ron’s first Sunday with us was February 26, 2012 and he will be with us until late August, by which time we hope to have called our next Rector.

Before coming to Calvary, Fr. Pogue was Rector in the Interim at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington for eighteen months.  The year before that, he served as Interim Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas. Fr. Pogue was Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston, Texas from 1999-2009 and served for three years as Canon Missioner at Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral. Prior to ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas as Deacon in 1997 and Priest in 1998, Ron was a United Methodist Pastor for 25 years.

A native of Houston, Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston, a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Houston Graduate School of Theology. He is also trained and certified in transitional ministry by the Interim Ministry Network. His emphasis in ministry has been in stewardship, Christian formation and evangelism. He has been a leader in the church’s response to social concerns and advocacy for marginalized people in our society, including refugees and homeless persons.


The highlights of his ministry at Good Shepherd include working with the vestry and staff to enhance the electronic communications of the parish, selection of a firm to build a new pipe organ, and guidance of a campaign that raised $1.3 million to pay for the organ.  As spiritual leader, he gave oversight to the liturgical life of the parish that includes three Sunday morning services.  He supervised a staff of eight and served as chair of the board of directors of Good Shepherd Day School.


As Interim at Trinity Church in Lawrence, Ron’s focus was strengthening the church community and enhancing parish communications using a variety of technological resources. In Galveston, he was the spiritual leader of a diverse parish. He also spearheaded a dual capital campaign to raise three million dollars for the church and school.

In describing his personal mission, Ron stated, “I am called to foster hope, lead change, inspire action and glorify God in the service of the Gospel of Christ, for the building up of the Church, and for the sake of the world.”

Ron is the creator and administrator of Unapologetically Episcopalian, a Facebook page devoted to celebrating the many positive ways the Episcopal Church is spreading the gospel. He also maintains, a blog devoted to glimpses into God at work in our lives.


Ron and his wife, Gay, have been married for forty-one years. Gay who recently retired from teaching, is a writer and artist. They are the parents of two grown sons.  Join us in welcoming Ron and Gay to Calvary.     


Seeking a New Rector

Calvary Episcopal Church is actively seeking a new rector to lead our thriving parish as we worship God, proclaim the Gospel, care for one another and serve others.  In order to overcome our challenges and reach our goals, we strive to find a rector who is ready and eager to join our clergy, staff, lay leadership and parish family as we grow together.  Specifically, we are searching for a rector with the following skills:

  • Effective manager who will lead the staff and parish as we transition our parish to a program-sized church;
  • Skilled fundraiser to lead us through our stewardship campaigns and capital projects and who understands the importance of fiscal responsibility;
  • Excellent communicator who will empower and encourage lay leadership;
  • Engaged community member who recognizes the importance of an active parish within the local community and beyond;
  • Strong preacher who is rooted in Anglican tradition but who can make the scripture relevant in today’s world.

We encourage all interested candidates to learn more about our historic and vibrant parish by visiting the links below.  After learning more about Calvary, if you feel called to accept this challenge and opportunity, we invite you to submit your nomination by sending  your name through a cover letter, along with a resume and your OTM portfolio to the Diocesan Transition Office


Nomination Form


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The Ashland Area

May 19, 2019


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10:00 a.m.  HE Rite II

11:30 a.m. Christian Ed



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