The leadership here at Calvary Baptist is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.
Pastor Sean was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland. He received a BA degree in Religion in 1979 from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee. He received a Masters of Divinity degree in 1983 upon graduation from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. In 2009, Pastor Sean received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, S.C.
In addition to being a civilian Pastor, Pastor Sean has served as the Command Chaplain in the Maryland National Guard. He started out as a Chaplain for the 115th Military Police Battalion, 136th Combat Support Hospital, 29th Infantry Division (light) Support Command, and State Area Command Headquarters. He was deployed to the Pentagon immediately after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in support of rescue and recovery efforts and served on Active Duty as the Acting Command Chaplain for U.S. Cyber Command from July 2014-March 2015. Chaplain Lee is a 2004 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, which he completed as a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Chaplain Lee serves as a Colonel in the Joint Force Headquarters as Chaplain for the State of Maryland.
In 2017, He received The Lorraine K. Potter Chaplaincy Merit award for faithful and effective pastoral and spiritual care in the U.S. Military and for creating “Partners in Care” that connects military members and families with local congregations for support in the time of crisis and need.
Prior to his military service as Chaplain, Pastor Lee served as a new church development pastor in North Dakota and Delaware and as Hospice Chaplain/Manager for Spiritual Services and Bereavement at Hospice of Baltimore, now Gilchrest Hospice.
Rev. Sarah Wood Lee graduated from high school in 1976, then graduated from Averett College (now University) in 1980 with a degree in Religious Education. She then attended Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Pastors Sean and Sarah met in Hebrew class and in 1982 they were married. They both graduated from SEBT in 1983 with a Master's of Divinity degree. Rev. Sarah was ordained in 1983 at St. John's Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. After graduating from seminary, Sarah and Sean then served with the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board as Church Planters in North Dakota from 1983-1987. They successfully started a church in Burlington, North Dakota located about 40 miles from Canada and 50 miles from the Montana border. Burlington Baptist church was started, organized and had moved into a building of their own within three years.
During the same time, Pastor Sarah began her training as a Clinical Chaplain. She completed her 1600 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education and was awarded Board Certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains in 1984. She has since served for over 30 years as a Health Care Chaplain in hospitals, hospices and long term care facilities. Pastor Sean and Pastor Sarah left the Southern Baptist Convention and had their ordinations recognized as American Baptist ministers in 1989. Rev. Sarah assisted Pastor Sean in planting the Good Shepherd Baptist church, the new American Baptist Church in Bear, DE from 1990-1996.
They have one daughter, Dennett, who is a Clinical Dietician and works in Washington, D.C.
Pastor Sarah enjoys staying active. She likes to walk, swim, and bike ride. She also enjoys reading and doing jigsaw puzzles. They also enjoy spending time with their grand-fur-babies.
Ruth started coming to Calvary the week after she and her husband moved to Maryland in the year 2000. She started teaching an adult church school class soon afterward. A social worker in New Jersey, she also got involved in visiting our shut-ins. While assisting our pastor with a closed-circuit TV service at GBMC, she learned of the chaplaincy training program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. A few months later, she enrolled, completed the training for an MA in Church Ministries, and was ordained at Calvary in 2010. Having worked for ten years as a chaplain at Johns Hopkins until she retired in 2014, she continues to do visitation and teaching for Calvary.
Joyce is a lifelong Towson resident. She started playing piano at age 5 and organ at age 17, and graduated with a BA degree in music. She was organist of another church from 1981-2010 and joined the staff here at Calvary in 2016. Joyce now plays many different musical instruments and enjoys teaching music students of all ages. She delights to write both words and music to the glory of God, and also enjoys walking, drawing and painting.
"Grace so endless, mercy so new,
Lord, I'll love You forever,
Take my heart, I give it to You,
Jesus, magnificent Savior."
(from Little Blond Child, © 2014 by Joyce Keedy)
Drew graduated from Loch Raven High School in 2008 and went on to study music at UMBC. He graduated with a BA in music composition and recording technology in 2012. In 2013, he began leading the youth choir at Calvary Baptist Church. Today, he leads the Motley Choir, Children's Choir and Bell Choir and records, edits, mixes, and masters the music and sermons to be posted on the website. He also teaches voice/guitar/bass/drums/keys and coaches bands at Lutherville Rock School.
Toan and other family members emigrated to America from Viet Nam in 1980, sponsored by Calvary Baptist. He began work as our chief custodian in 1985. His mother and sister joined him here in America in 1992. Toan loves to cook native dishes, and often prepares special treats for the church.