25--Thomas Johnston
Thomas is originally from Charlotte, NC. He attended College of Charleston, then Lenoir-Rhyne University. He comes to Calvary from Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University. He has interned in higher education non-profit, Christian civic education and a public policy think tank. He has spent time in Israel-Palestine with the seminary, Ireland, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico. He is interested in seeing the connections between the Bible, Christianity, and the culture. He also serves on the steering committee for Lutherans for Science, Technology, and Faith, (connected with the ELCA.)
Thomas claims to be a nerd! He enjoys reading stories like Lord of the Rings or binging Star Wars or Firefly. He enjoys current affairs, economics, political science, history, theology, and science. Thomas is a cat dad to two adorable kittens, Tiny and Graypaw.

24--Mallory Morris
Mallory Morris is a South Carolina native who moved to Texas to go to seminary in Fort Worth. A circuitous path took her through the insurance industry. And then God decided it was time to revisit this whole “ministry thing.” So now, as a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Mallory will be completing the last year of requirements needed for ordination as an intern at Calvary.

In her free time, Mallory loves to hang out with her husband Robert and their dog, Jesse; She loves a good book, caffeine and running. Mallory looks forward to a year of telling her stories, and listening to yours!.

23--Evan McVann
Evan comes to Calvary from Trinity Lutheran Seminary as a part of the new 2+2 program. Having completed two years of classes, Evan will have a two year long internship while completing his remaining classes online and with intensive courses. Evan is a Wisconsinite, raised in Milwaukee. His childhood was filled with a lot of exploration as his family did a lot of traveling. In high school, Evan was very involved in theatre and choir, where he fell in love with studying religion and felt my call to ministry. He received his undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University in Indiana studying Theology and Greek. In college he was involved in the competitive ballroom dance team! Over the years, he has been increasingly interested in storytelling, looking at the stories of the Bible in creative ways.
Click here to view Evan's Ordination and Installation service at Salem Luther, Creston, IA
22--Meredyth Johnson
Meredyth has a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University, and taught elementary music in the DFW area before beginning her path to ministry. She entered TCU's Brite Divinity School in the Fall of 2016 and plans to graduate May of 2020 with a goal to enter into full-time chaplaincy. Hobbies include knitting, singing, reading, spending time with friends, playing board games, watching football and baseball (Go Frogs!), doing puzzles, and watching movies. Meredyth is an ordination candidate for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), but is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve at Calvary. She feels it is important to learn about other denominations, faiths, cultures, etc. God has provided her so much in finding Calvary at the same time that we needed an intern. She is looking forward to beginning this journey.
21--Molly Eversoll
I was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa and attended Luther College in Decorah, IA. At Luther I majored in English and Religion and I loved reading, writing, and learning about peoples' lives and experiences through my majors. I also enjoyed being involved in campus ministry and the small group outreach program at Luther. After I graduated, I did a year of service with Urban Servant Corps in Denver. After my year of service, I moved to Chicago to attend seminary at LSTC. In my free time, I enjoy going on adventures around Chicago with my friends, running, crocheting, cooking and baking, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with my family.
20--Kyle Symanski
Kyle was born and raised in Evergreen Park, Illinois, a small suburb on the south side of Chicago. After completing high school, Kyle spent his summers working for his home church, Ashburn Lutheran in Chicago, as a summer camp counselor and, eventually, summer camp director. It was during those summers that he began to discover in his love of and passion for teaching and learning.
Kyle attended the University of Minnesota where he completed a B.A. in Mathematics, specializing in education. During his time living in Minneapolis, he continued to work in education, spending time teaching in Minneapolis Public Schools and volunteering as a Youth Empowerment Leader for the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches Kinship Program.
19-- Anna Ernst
Intern Anna attended Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, graduating in 2010 with a B.A. in Music. Her focus was in American Music History, and she completed an independent local history research project about African-American Music/Jazz Studies program and the life of a local jazz pianist. At Oberlin, Anna was active in the student dining co-operative association, mental health awareness organizations, musical ensembles, and an ecumenical campus ministry.
Anna's campus pastors encouraged her to apply to Lutheran Volunteer Corps for my post-undergraduate formation, and it was this experience, specifically her position working part-time in community outreach and development for two small inner-city congregations in Omaha, NE, that led her to fully realize a call to ordained ministry. Before applying to seminary, Anna moved back to the Maryland suburbs of Washington to gain some experience in the secular non-profit and social services sector. She worked for the social services wing of an affordable housing developer and counseling agency, connecting residents to benefits such as SNAP (food stamps), health care, and energy assistance.
18--Drew Yoos
Drew is our 18th intern. Drew comes to Calvary from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His journey to LSTC and Calvary began in South Carolina. His parents live in Columbia. His mother teaches first grade and his father is the bishop of the South Carolina Synod ELCA. Drew has two sisters who both work in elementary education. A call to ministry was not in mind while studying history and philosophy at Furman University, but four summers spent at Lutheridge Camp were foundational in realizing his call. After college, Drew spent three years working as the Director of Youth Ministry and Congregational Discipleship at Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC before deciding to attend seminary in Chicago.
That's where Drew met Sara. They were engaged in January and plan to be married in August. Next year, Sara will work as a hospital chaplain while completing a Clinical Pastoral Education residency at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Ft. Worth.
17--Amy Gillespie
Amy is our 17th intern. Amy hails from Chicago, Illinois. She was born and raised in the Lutheran church and attended Lutheran schools until college. Amy studied psychology and theology at Loyola University Chicago, all the while keeping ministry in mind but not actively pursuing it. After college Amy worked at an agency for older adults and came to an understanding that social services and spirituality often blend well together. With the encouragement of her pastor, she decided to pursue ministry and social work together. Amy is currently finishing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) and pursuing her Masters of Divinity at the Lutheran School of Theology Chicago. She is open to God’s call for her in combining these passions for ministry and service to God’s people.
16--Ethan Beiler
Ethan is our 16th intern. Ethan is the youngest of three children. He grew up in Celina - a small town in rural Ohio. Through high school, he participated on a number of mission trips that helped form his faith around the call of Christ to love thy neighbor. However, he would ignore that call through college as he studied Marketing at Ohio State and prepared himself for a career in the business world. After college, he accepted an AmeriCorps VISTA role at Habitat for Humanity Greater Columbus as the organization’s Faith and Youth Relations Coordinator. He enrolled at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus. God has been ever present with him in my journey through life thus far and he feels confident, comfortable, and thankful knowing that God will be with us in this year at Calvary.
15--Alex Hoops
Alex and his wife Emily were both born in southwest Florida. His interest in ministry began in college as he was majoring in religious/Judaic studies. Alex graduated from UCF in Orlando. During his studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio he had the opportunity to travel to Haiti and was graced with unbelievable transformation that lit a fire in his belly for the mission of the church. A mission to reflect the kingdom of God and to proclaim through word and deed the message of Jesus Christ. Alex and Emily welcomed their first child Amelia Grace into the world May 2011.
14-- Paul Moody

Paul is Calvary's fourteenth intern, and comes from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He and his wife Katie are originally from Ohio. Paul's journey into ministry was sparked in high school as he became involved in
worship leadership. He pursued the study of Worship Arts Leadership at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, which led to the pursuit of ordained ministry in the tradition of his upbringing: The Lutheran Church. Paul and his wife both enjoy coffee, and their two English Springer Spaniels. They are looking forward to the journey ahead.
August 2012: Paul has been called to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN. His ordination will be on August 25 at the Lutheran School of Theology Chicago.
13-- Ellen Cutting

Ellen is Calvary's 13th intern and comes to us from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. Ellen's background is in organ performance and I have served as Music Director in not only the Lutheran church, but also a Presbyterian Church and a Jewish Temple. The Lutheran church is her home, and she finds the Lutheran expression and articulation of faith and doctrine to be in her very bones. August 2012: Ellen has been called to St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church in Portland ME. Her ordination will be at St. Ansgar's on August 29th at 7 PM.
12-- Nicholas Billardello

Nick Billardello is Calvary's twelfth intern and comes to us from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. Among Nick many interest are his love of sports. He has been to the World Series twice, the NBA finals twice, and the Stanley Cup Finals once. Nick has read the entire New Testament in a single reading (it's 20 hours), worked at camp for three summers and was a District Manager for Chrysler and then a Youth Director before Seminary.
11-- Megan Elliott
Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus, Ohio
2007-2008: Intern, Calvary Lutheran Church.

2009: Pastor Megan has been called to serve as pastor at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Alliance, Ohio.

2016: Pastor Megan was called to serve as pastor at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Seguin, Texas

10-- Tara Lynn
Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus, Ohio
2006-2007: Intern, Calvary Lutheran Church
9-- Kirstin Hedlund
Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus, Ohio
2005-2006: Intern, Calvary Lutheran Church
2007-2009: Pastor, Calvary Lutheran Church
2009 - Chaplain, US Army
8-- Ryan Mills
Seminary: Princeton Theological Seminary & Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
2002-2004: Seminarian, Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Princeton, NJ
2004-2005: Intern, Calvary Lutheran Church
September 10, 2006: Ordained at Calvary Lutheran Church
2006-Present: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Grand Prairie, Texas

7-- Matt Short
Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus, Ohio 2005-Present: Golden Ridge Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND Congregational-Lutheran United Church in Gardner, ND (a joint ELCA and UCC ministry)

6-- Craig Richter
Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio June 2004
Ordination: Messiah Lutheran Church, Ralston, Nebraska, July 10, 2004
August 8, 2004: Multi-point parish Mt. Hope Lutheran Church – Upper Tract, WV Faith Lutheran Church - Franklin, WV St. John Lutheran Church - Moyers, WV New Hope Lutheran Church - Minnehaha Springs, WV
2012: All Shepherds Lutheran – Lewis Center, Ohio
--Both Pr. Craig and his wife, Pr. Wendy, serve at All Shepherds.
--Craig & Wendy have a son and daughter, Rebecca and Nathanial.

5-- Douglas Schoelles
Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio
May 1992
Ordination: Christ Lutheran Church , Warren, Michigan,
May 31, 1992
1992-1995: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Miles, Texas
1995-2002: Senior Pastor, Triumphant Lutheran Church, San Antonio, Texas
2003-Present: Mission Developer, Church of the Resurrection, Roanoke, Texas

4-- Phil Heinze
Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus, Ohio
August 25, 1991: Ordained at Calvary Lutheran Church
1992-Present: Calvary Lutheran Church Richland Hills, TX

3-- Charlie Woodard
Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus, Ohio
1990-1995: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Massillon, Ohio (Associate Pastor)
1995-2000: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Delaware, Ohio
Jan. 2000: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Westerville, Ohio

2-- David Collins
Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus, Ohio 1988-2008: St. John Lutheran Church PO Box 206 Poth, TX 78147-0206 and St. Paul Lutheran Church Karnes City, TX

1-- Gary Sandberg

Seminary: Trinity Lutheran Seminary Columbus, Ohio
1988-1992: Trinity Lutheran Church, Monticello, MN
1992-1998: Holy Nativity Lutheran Church, New Hope, MN
1998-2005: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Glenville, NY
Dec. 2005: Trinity Lutheran Sem., Columbus, OH Director of Development & Alumni Relations
Bethany Lutheran Church ELCA Cherry Hills Village, CO