Our Staff

Terry O'Neill, Interim Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Terrence O’Neill is a graduate of Schenectady County Community College with an AAS in Accounting; Siena College with a BA in Business Administration; Bangor Theological Seminary with a M. Div. and Drew University with a D. Min. After working as an accountant for the General Electric Company in the 1970s he entered graduate school and entered the full time ministry in 1980 serving congregations in the Adirondacks and Albany. In 2002 Rev. O’Neill entered the chaplaincy of St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany and ministered there until 2009 when he returned to the parish in Johnstown and Gloversville. In addition to serving his parishes, Rev. O’Neill has taught Philosophical Issues and Comparative World Religions at North Country community College in Ticonderoga. Hobbies include building houses, auto restoration, hunting and fishing as well as writing for periodicals and one novel so far. Rev. O’Neill retired from full time ministry in 2012 and prior to serving the Calvary faith community has also served as the interim pastor at Shenendehowa in the spring of 2015. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married for 45 years come December 2018 and make their home in Duanesburg, NY with their 5th rescued Golden Retriever.

M. Gordon Drake, Assistant Pastor

M. Gordon Drake has been in ministry for nearly forty years: he retired in March 2012, from Northeast Parent & Child Society as their Vice President of Prevention Services.  He has held several human service positions: Program Director for persons with developmental disabilities (Ohio); Director of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (in New York); Coordinator and Director for services with homeless and runaway youth and those in need of assistance (in Albany, NY and New Hampshire); and Associate Pastor at Calvary United Methodist Church, Latham, from 1978-1985.  He has also served on several community agency committees and advisory boards.  He is a graduate of Ottawa University, Kansas, Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass. Holding an M.Div., and Russell Sage Graduate School, with a Masters in Community Psychology.
He and his wife, Lisa, live in Colonie, New York and are active with various committees, and both sing in the choir.  Lisa is a social worker who recently retired.  They have two grandchildren, Odin and Ana, who live in Michigan with their parents, Aron and Cindy Drake! 

Natalia Shevchuk, Organist/Choir Director

Natalia Shevchuk, a native or Ukraine, had graduated from the Kyiv State Conservatory, now known as the National Academy of Music. Over the past five years she performed in NH, Maine, and released her first CD, "Schubert's Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960." Natalia and her husband Chris Young moved from Conway, NH to New Lebanon, NY in July, 2016. For more info please visit: http://www.nataliashevchuk.com

Dinorah Raghubar, Administrative Assistant

Dinorah serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Church.  She is married to Dave and is Mom to her twins, Victoria and Alex.

Charity Preston, Director of Children's Ministries

Charity serves as our Children's Ministries Director for ages K - 6th grade, organizing and coordinating Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Children's Events and Activities. She is married to Nate, and is mom to Matthew, Katie and Abbie.
Evan Melanson

Evan Melanson, Youth Director

Evan joined Calvary in July 2016 as the Youth Director for Junior/Senior High Youth.  

Bob Savage, Sexton

Bob is a long time member of Calvary.  In addition to being actively involved with the church in many capacities, he has recently assumed the position of Sexton, maintaining the building and grounds and providing valuable services to the church.

Monica Blanchard, Nursery Coordinator

Monica has served as the Nursery Coordinator since May of 2018, caring for children during worship who are too young or are unable to attend church school.