Our Staff

Drew Sperry, Pastor

The Rev. Andrew (Drew) Sperry is a graduate of Niagara University with a BS in Management and Drew University with a M.Div. Drew began his ministry in 2010 as Chaplin at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, where he helped to develop a diagnostic chaplaincy program. In 2014 Rev, Sperry was appointed as the Associate Pastor of Saratoga Spring United Methodist Church. While serving Saratoga he was commissioned as a provisional elder within the Upper New York Annual Conference and then ordained a full elder 2016. At Saratoga Rev. Sperry helped to build exciting outreach ministries, create intergenerational mission programs, and cared for the administrative needs of the church. In 2019, Rev. Sperry was appointed to Calvary (Latham) United Methodist Church as lead pastor. In addition to his work at the local church Drew also serves the Annual Conference as a part of its leadership team and as a member of the 2020 Jurisdictional Conference Delegation. Pastor Drew is also married to Dr. Eileen Sperry and the proud dad to Emily.

pastordrew.calvaryumc@gmail.com

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!

pastorgordon.calvaryumc@gmail.com

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

ssscccooo@gmail.com

Charity Preston, Family Ministry Coordinator

Charity hails from Eastport Maine, and moved to the Latham area in 2001. She joined our staff in 2016, before beginning her ministry with us, she earned her bachelors in Psychology from Elmira College, and worked as a paralegal in the capital area. In addition to serving as our Family Ministry Co-Coordinator for families with older aged children, Charity also works as an Assistant Teacher at Calvary's Preschool. She is married to Nate, and is mom to Matthew, Katie and Abbie.

CharityPreston.calvaryumc@gmail.com

Kristen Rains, Family Ministry Co-Coordinator

Kristen is from Chicago Illinois, where she grew up in the Methodist Church. Prior to living in Latham she practiced as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the field of childhood trauma in Denver, Colorado. She and her husband Tim joined Calvary in 2019, and began her ministry with us as our Nursery Care Provider. In 2021, she transitioned to her current role as a co-coordinator of family ministries for younger families. Kristen is an outdoor enthusiast, feline-lover, mother of two daughters.

kristenrains.calvaryumc@gmail.com

Dinorah Raghubar, Administrative Assistant

Didi serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Church. She is an integral part in keeping Calvary organized! She is married to Dave and is Mom to her twins, Victoria and Alex.

calvaryumclatham@gmail.com

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.