Pastor Andy Sloan- Senior Pastor
Pastor Andy Sloan is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville and attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville. He worked for Prudential Insurance for 12 years before following the call into full-time ministry. He attended Southeastern College at Wake Forest where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. Pastor Andy served as pastor of Creeksville Baptist Church in Conway, NC, from April 2009- December 2018, before coming to Calvary in January of 2019. Pastor Andy and his wife Jenny have been married for 24 years and have three children: Ben, who is married to his wife Sydney; Abi, who is a senior at Cornerstone Christian School; and Allie, who is currently in 4th grade. Pastor Andy believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that He died for our sins, was crucified for our transgressions, and resurrected for our eternal assurance of salvation. He believes the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and without error, and is passionate to preach God's Word and to lead His flock. Pastor Andy invites you to come and worship at Calvary Baptist Church.
Pastor Chris Parker- Associate/Student Pastor
Chris Parker, Associate/Student Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, loves kids and youth and is passionate about teaching, discipleship, and missions. Chris, originally from Charlotte, NC, has lived in Gastonia for the past eleven years. Prior to being called to Calvary Baptist Church, Chris served as the Student and Kids Pastor at Parkwood Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC. When he isn't teaching and discipling students, he is volunteering and serving the local community. Chris and his wife, Lisa, have four kids, Brayden, Brysen, Lila and Lani.
Robert Matthew- Worship Leader
Robert (Rock) Matthews is a native of Roanoke Rapids, educated in the Roanoke Rapids School District, and the school of hard knocks. He has worked for Moncure Mobile Homes, Conwell Electric and for the last 25 years worked for Barnes Sales Inc. in sales and service.
Since coming to know the Lord, Robert has served in various positions at Calvary, but the Music Department has always had and still has a special place in his life. Serving as Sound Man for a few years and then getting the opportunity to serve as Worship Leader / Music Director which has been the most wonderful blessing of service to date. Not only to hear the people sing, but to see them truly worship our Lord Jesus in song, smiles beaming, even at times with tears of joy streaming down their faces. Robert will tell you that when God calls you out to do something, regardless of whether you're educated in that area of service or not, God will always equip you to carry out what He calls you to; all God asks is that you be willing to trust Him.
Robert married the former Wanda Love and they have been married 38 years with four children, three girls, Renee Pearce, Nicole Rooker, Christina Sparks, and one son, Robert E. Matthews, III, and also being blessed with seven grandchildren, Cailey, Elijah, Isaiah, Tyler, Katlyn, Jackson and Abigayle who are all blessings from the Lord Jesus.
Robert is a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, knowing that Jesus is the only way to heaven, and it was by Jesus' Grace and His Grace alone that saved him. Robert believes that the Bible is the inspired word of God. If at any time you see Robert and you want to know how to find a better life, to find peace and comfort in this life, regardless of what is going on, just ask him about His Jesus, and he'll help you make Jesus yours.
Sarah Taylor- Children's Ministry Director
Sarah Taylor has enthusiastically accepted the role of Children's Ministry Director at Calvary Baptist Church. She loves working with children and has done so for the past 6 years here at Calvary Baptist; teaching VBS, Sunday School, and directing the preschool department for AWANA. She also took on the role of director for the Summer EXPLOSION Program 2017.
Psalm 37:4 says, "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Her desire to work in children's ministry as a way to serve God and advance His kingdom is finally coming alive. She looks forward to working with the children at Calvary Baptist, their parents, staff and volunteers.
Married to Joel Taylor since 2007, she has two sons, Dillon and Rylan, whom she loves very much.
She can be reached at the church office Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.