Rev. Eddie Price, Senior Pastor
Eddie Price has served as our pastor since August 1996. He is married to the delightful Robin Hennecy Price and called dad by Abbey, 22, who recently graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Elijah, 20, who recently graduated from Central Piedmont Community College with an Associates Degree in Business Administration. Family time, sports, yard work, and time in his shop top the list of favorite things he enjoys. The Coast of South Carolina is his favorite destination with family and friends. After graduating from Garinger High School, he attended NC State University and Wingate University followed by the completion of a Masters of Divinity Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Licensed and Ordained at Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. Eddie has served as pastor, staff, retreat and revival speaker at churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, and Indiana for 35 years. He has also enjoyed the privilege of serving on various boards and committees within the Union Baptist Association and community. Pastor Eddie is grateful for the transforming power of Jesus Christ and is passionate about making this transforming power known.
Debbie came to Calvary Baptist Church in November of 2019. She has been married to Jack Fijan for 23 years and they have raised three wonderful children, Justin, Catherine and Anna. Anna is married to Christian Helms, another wonderful blessing to their family. Debbie is a former homeschooling mom and loves to sing, bake, and spend time with her family. She has been living with Jesus for 23 years and continues to be overwhelmed by His love and the change He makes in her life. Debbie has a strong background in Administration, Music Ministry, Women's Ministry, Jail Ministry and Addiction Recovery Ministry. She loves the Lord and is privileged to serve Him and His people and help spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to our community and the world around us. She models her life after Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight."
Debbie Fijan, Office Manager
The Lord called Jennifer as Calvary Baptist Church’s Preschool Director in November 2020. Jennifer said “yes” to Jesus one night of VBS during her elementary school years. Even though the exact date is blurry, the feeling she had in her heart, and the voice of God she heard with her ears, is something she will never forget. She and her family have been members of Calvary for 12 years. Jennifer and her husband, Justin are raising 2 beautiful girls, Skylar (10) and Marleigh (7). Jennifer loves spending time with her family and friends. She loves to host and anyone who has met her knows her door is always open. She values creating strong purposeful relationships, community, and extending help to those in need. Jennifer loves crafting for fun and has recently taken up drum lessons as her new favorite way to worship our Lord. Jennifer’s love for teaching and guiding children started in her middle and high-school years through serving in children’s ministry. She continues to serve in children’s ministry in Team Kids as well as helping with VBS each summer. She not only has a love for children, she has a love and passion for women and families. She currently serves as a Women’s Ministry Team leader and is a part of the Family Ministry Team. Jennifer desires every family to experience the love of Christ.
Jennifer Trull, Preschool Director
Neil Hawkins, Pianist
Neil Hawkins has been involved in music ministry for over 35 years, playing the piano and organ at churches in both Kannapolis and Monroe. The Hawkins family was led to Calvary Baptist Church in 2015 and soon thereafter Neil felt led to use his talents to support the church music program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wingate University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University. After a successful career of 30 years in public education, Neil retired in 2019 and is currently working as Curriculum Director of Carmel Christian School in Matthews. His hobbies include travel and spending time with his family and friends. Neil and his wife, Ashley Harding Hawkins, have been married for over 30 years and are the proud parents of two wonderful children: Lauren, a graduate of Parkwood High School and current student at Wingate University majoring in Communications and Joshua, a graduate of Parkwood High School and Appalachian State University where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Human Resources. Josh is married to Katie Puff Hawkins, and is currently employed at William Peace University as a Human Resources Specialist. Neil is proud to be a part of the Calvary Baptist Church family. His life verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
Laura has served as organist/keyboardist at Calvary Baptist Church since 2005. She began taking piano lessons in the 3rd grade and started playing at Wednesday night Bible study after two years of lessons. Serving the Lord in this capacity is her passion and she considers it an honor to serve the Lord in this way at Calvary. Laura earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wingate University and a Master of Education, Divergent Learning from Columbia College. After sharing her love of music with many private piano students and 39 years of teaching elementary music in the public school system, she retired in 2020. Laura enjoys painting, reading, and family activities during her spare time. She also loves to travel in their motorhome with her husband, Chris, and their dogs. Laura and Chris are very proud of their daughter, Shelby, and son-in-law Stuart Parsek. Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." and Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” are two of Laura’s favorite verses.