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.
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
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.
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 also works as an Assistant Teacher at Calvary's Preschool. She is married to Nate, and is mom to Matthew, Katie and Abbie.
Evan Melanson, Youth Director
Evan has served as Calvary's Youth Director since 2016. He has worked with youth of all ages for the last 17 years, now serving as a school administrator. Evan is happily married to Hannah and they have two wonderful children, Eli and Maeve.
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.
Kristen Rains, Nursery Coordinator
Kristen has served as the Nursery Coordinator since September 2019. She has been passionately involved in early childhood education for the past six years. Kristen is married to Tim and the proud mother of two daughters!