Pastor Philip J Carlson

Dr. Carlson began his ministry at Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Before being called to Calvary, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Belhaven University. While serving college students, he also served as a chaplain at local companies in the Jackson, MS area through Corporate Chaplains of America. It was during that time that he felt God’s calling to be ordained into the gospel ministry. He was licensed and ordained at Brandon Baptist Church in Brandon, MS, and he served there until being called into full-time ministry at Calvary. He has been married to Rebecca for more than fourteen years and has two daughters.

Personal Background

Philip J. Carlson was born in Pratt, Kansas and has lived in Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas, and Mississippi. He came to know Christ at the age of seven during a revival at First Baptist Church, Brinkley AR. He has been involved in many different ministries through the years including those ranging from the nursery ministry to the nursing home ministry. Dr. Carlson has a strong love of learning and is always seeking to learn something new. He reads widely, though almost always non-fiction works. He also enjoys leatherworking when time permits.      

Academic and Professional Accomplishments

His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals (such as The Chemical Educator, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, and The Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology) and books (such as The Handbook of Photocatalysts), and has resulted in a U.S. patent (US7858552B2). Dr. Carlson has six earned degrees including a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Louisiana Baptist University, a M.B.A. from Belhaven University, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Iowa State University.  Contact Philip

Worship & Education Pastor Jerry Cress

I am currently a full-time Assistant Principal at Wichita South High School. I have been involved with Church Music and Education/Youth in either a full or part time basis since I was 18 (that was a long time ago). I have degrees in both music (BME and MME) and education (MRE and Admin. Certification). I have worked in inner-city schools and have found it to be a great place to have influence for God’s glory on the future of America—my own mission field. It is my prayer that as I lead in both the public school arena as well as in the church, that God is the center of in the totality of my life.  Contact Jerry

Associate Pastor for Students Robert Chapman

My name is Robert Chapman, and I am the Associate Pastor for Students. I started serving at Calvary in January of 2021. I am originally from Bedford, Texas and lived their nearly my entire life. I attended Boyce College (Louisville, KY) where I earned my BA in Humanities and met my wife, Nikki. I recently completed at MA in Theological and Biblical studies from Criswell College (Dallas, TX). I am excited to partner with our families and help lead the students of Calvary Baptist Church into a deeper relationship with God as they prepare for the next chapter in life.

My wife and I married in 2017 and our first son Owen was born in December of 2018. Lord willing our second son Graham will be born in May of 2021.   Contact Robert

Church Secretary Sharon Sisler

As church secretary, I am often the first person to greet you when you walk into the church building. I have the responsibility of keeping as many of our people posted on as many of our happenings as possible. A lot of my time is spent on the telephone or on the computer (or actually, clearing paper jams…..). My favorite part of my job is to deal with our people one on one for a variety of reasons. After serving in this position since 1980, I still look forward to my ministry in a real and loving manner and claim Nehemiah 8:10 daily! In my off hours, I enjoy being a wife, homemaker and GRANDMOTHER, teaching middle school Sunday School and shopping! My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6! To God be the glory…. Contact Sharon

Financial Secretary Nancy Otte

My name is Nancy Otte! I am the Financial Recording Secretary for Calvary Baptist Church. I have other faithful volunteers that make my job easier, such as our treasurer and the nine tellers who work on a rotational basis to count the offerings. My responsibility is to oversee all areas that deal with money. I write checks, post contributions, make deposits from other designated income and sit on the Budget/Stewardship Committee as an ex officio member. God has blessed our church in so many ways, one of which is being debt free. I have worked in this capacity since May of 1988 and enjoy seeing those who are learning to live out of God’s economy rather than the world’s economy.

Our children and grand children are the bright spot in our lives. I teach Precept Bible Studies and support my husband as he teaches Sunday School. Music, Lighthouses, traveling and reading are the true loves of my leisure time. With a busy life, my life verse is John 14:27 – Jesus says: “Peace I leave with you, my peace i give unto you, not as the world gives it, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid!”  Contact Nancy