The Calvary Team

Ed & Jodi Garvin

Ed & Jodi Garvin

Lead Pastor

Ed Garvin was born in the Midwest, the 12th of 13 children. He grew up in southwest Florida and considers himself a Floridian at heart. Pastor Ed began his ministry journey as a successful youth pastor and executive pastor. He has since served as a lead pastor for churches in Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin. He has also served as the Public Relations Director for North Central University. Pastor Ed has been married to his best friend, Jodi for over 30 years and is blessed with two amazing children, Lauren and Drew. Ed is an active reader, avid runner, and average golfer!

edgarvin@calvaryorlando.org

Mike & Shawn Justice

Mike & Shawn Justice

Executive Pastor of Administration

Mike and Shawn Justice are from Moses Lake, Washington. Mike served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman for a few years, and then transition to being a piano player in the U.S. Army Band for another five years. For more than twenty five years, Pastor Mike served as a Music Pastor in large Assembly of God churches in Kansas, Wisconsin, Washington, and Florida. He currently serves as Executive Pastor of Administration, overseeing operations at Calvary. He and his wife Shawn are high school sweethearts, and have three grown children.

mikejustice@calvaryorlando.org

Manny & Mimi Rosario

Manny & Mimi Rosario

Executive Pastor of Ministries

In the early 2000’s Manny Rosario was leading a successful career in the supply-chain industry when he felt God calling him to plant a church in College Park, Orlando. Despite having been involved with ministry since childhood, from a young age Manny knew he would one day have to answer the call to ministry. After several years, Manny crossed paths with Pastor Ed. Their joint passion to see Orlando and central Florida transformed with the Hope of Jesus brought him to join the Calvary Family, Manny is Executive Pastor of Ministries. This position allows him to equip and empower leaders to develop strong ministries that bring community and health to the church. His wife, Mimi, along with their two sons, are a source of constant support, and take an active role in the church along with him.

mannyrosario@calvaryorlando.org

Matt Whidden

Matt Whidden

Leadership & Discipleship Pastor

As a native to Florida, Matt was called to ministry in his senior year at Oviedo High School, when he felt the Lord calling him to enter into a life of ministry. He later went on to obtain an undergraduate degree and Masters degree in Biblical Studies. With is wife, best friend, and ministry partner Dani, they encourage and support one another strive for excellence in their ministries. All the while raising two wonderful children! Matt is a passionate teacher of the Word of God, and dedicated to equipping upcoming ministers for the work of the Lord. Matt loves hanging out with his family, going to Disney, and grilling on weekends

mattwhidden@calvaryorlando.org

Dani Whidden

Dani Whidden

Family Ministries Pastor

Dani was born to a single mom in Lakeland, FL, and was raised in Orlando where she came to faith in Jesus as a teen while at University High School. Feeling a call to ministry, she graduated from Southeastern University with a degree in pastoral ministry. She has served in college ministry, children’s ministry, youth ministry, fine arts and women’s ministry. She is a passionate leader dedicated to seeing families connected to Jesus and the body of Christ. She loves all things coffee, Disney, and making memories with her husband, Matt, and their two children.

daniwhidden@calvaryorlando.org

Izzy & Abby Nazario

Izzy & Abby Nazario

Connections Pastor

Izzy Nazario initially had a career in advertising, a career which brought him from Connecticut down to Florida. He continued in advertising for more than twenty years until he felt God was calling him to move from a volunteer position in the church to a full time responsibility. While looking for this opportunity, he happened upon Calvary Connect, the Calvary TV show on The Goodlife 45. He felt this was a sign to join the Calvary family, and later joined the Calvary team as the Connections Pastor. Izzy’s passion for his ministry comes from his passion for establishing relationships with people, as well as working hand-in-hand with his wife, who oversees his Connect Groups in an administrative capacity. Together, they watch the seats at Calvary fill up every Sunday, and strive to bring someone to every empty seat.

izzynazario@calvaryorlando.org

Josue & Ruth Avila

Josue & Ruth Avila

Worship Pastor

Josue came from Connecticut to Orlando in search of warmer climates. An old friend of his, Pastor Izzy, invited him to Calvary, where Josue quickly decided to make it his home church. With his home here established, Josue committed himself to living out his passion at Calvary. Josue’s love for ministry comes from a constant reminder that he feels loved, that he enjoys a supportive family and uplifting friends, and that he doesn’t deserve any of it. He feels that every blessing is an undeserved act of God’s abundance in his life, and this is what he hopes to exemplify through every act of worship. More than singing and dancing, Josue hopes that his worship can ultimately lead others to pursue a deeper relationship with Christ. More than arms raised, Josue hopes to see the lifestyle of worship become more common at Calvary.

josueavila@calvaryorlando.org

Eliberto & Nereida Bonilla

Eliberto & Nereida Bonilla

Calvary Español Pastor

Pastor Bonilla was born in the beautify island of Puerto Rico. At the age of five, his father relocated his family to Bridgeport Connecticut, where he grew up. At the age of 21, he had a life changing experience and felt the calling of God upon his life. Pastor Bonilla has pastored two successful churches in Connecticut and Florida, and served as a presbyter for the Florida Multicultural district Assembly of God. He has been married to his lovely wife Nereida for over 39 years and they have seven children and seven grand children.

pastorbonilla@calvaryorlando.org

Gustavo & Priscila Debastos

Gustavo & Priscila Debastos

Calvary Português Pastor

Pastor Gustavo came from Boston to Orlando to care for his ailing mother-in-law. She was completely cut off from her family, suffering from depression and a myriad of medical issues. He came to bring one person comfort, and found a cultural enclave in the city suffering. He began to speak to one young woman he worked with about Jesus, and this eventually led to his beginning a small church operating out of his home for Portuguese speakers. The church quickly grew and began to meet in an Adventist church when Gustavo felt God call him to make a change. He turned the congregation over to his friend and began to attend other churches in the Orlando area. This led him to Calvary, where he and his family immediately felt at home. He now runs the Portuguese ministry at Calvary, guided by his passion for people and connections, for listening to stories and providing a home for the dispossessed. Gustavo’s sons help set up the sanctuary on Sundays, his wife directs his zeal for ministry, and together they reach a host of people desperate to learn about Jesus in their own tongue.

pastorgustavo@calvaryorlando.org

Antoine & Junette Oge

Antoine & Junette Oge

Calvary Haitian Pastor

I was born in Haiti, Limonade. I came to the USA, Fort-Lauderdale Florida where I met my wife Junette who is my best friend. Married for 22 years and we are blessed by God with three children, Samuel, Shilton and Sheldania. We relocated to Altamonte Springs in 1999. Then, in 2009, we moved to Sanford Florida. While in Theology School, a few months before my graduation, I received an unexpected call from our Lord Jesus Christ to the ministry in 2011.

I started the church for about 6 months in Sanford with my wife and my three children. In 2012 the Holy Spirit opened the door for us to continue the minstry at Calvary. Junette and I are passionate to tell everyone about the love of Christ in this hostile generation, no matter what the cost. I am an active reader!

pastoroge@calvaryorlando.org

Claude and Courtney Ndayishimiye

Claude and Courtney Ndayishimiye

Calvary African Ministry Pastor

Born a Rwandan in a Refugee Camp in Burundi, Africa, Pastor Claude is the 23rd child out of 32 brothers and sisters.

Pastor Claude served in Authentic Word Ministries headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda for the last 16 years where he served as an Intercessor, Youth Pastor, and Radio Station Director. He is also a professional traditional dancer and teacher of the arts.

He met his wife, Courtney ( A Texan Native), in 2008 while she was a missionary in Rwanda. Married since 2009, they lived together in Rwanda, Africa for almost four years, serving together in full time ministry until God called them to the United States in 2013.

Together, Pastor Claude and Courtney found themselves relocated in Atlanta, GA until God called them to Orlando in 2017 to further ministry.

They are passionate about building strong families, raising up Prayer Warriors, and equipping the youth with life transforming spiritual tools that will impact the nations for God’s glory.

Pastor Claude and Courtney have two children, Liam and Abigail.

In their spare time, you can find them enjoying the many activities Orlando offers, watching and attending sporting events, spending time with family, supporting their son at his soccer games, or playing a VERY competitive game of UNO.

pastorclaude@calvaryorlando.org

Sarah Figueroa

Sarah Figueroa

Operations Director

Emily Coutras

Emily Coutras

First Steps Director

Emily has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from
Southeastern University and a Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership
from the University of Central Florida. Emily has been a member of
Calvary for over twenty years, growing up in ministry. She has a
passion for working with children while serving the Lord. Emily loves
to spend time with her family.

emilycoutras@calvaryorlando.org

Rita Murray

Rita Murray

Finance Director

Rita Murray was born into a large Italian family in Brooklyn, New York. She moved to Florida in the 70’s and joined the Calvary team in 1993, serving first as a Bookkeeper and transitioning to Finance Director in 2006. Rita is the mother of four children, three in Florida and one in Texas, and two grand children. She enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

ritamurray@calvaryorlando.org

C'arrah Gabriel

C'arrah Gabriel

TV Production Director

C’arrah is a native to Orlando and considers this the best city ever! She joined the Calvary family in 2011 and jumped in almost immediately with the TV Production team. She fell in love with the “behind the scenes” and never left. As time went on, she went from volunteer, to inter, to part-time staff, and now, full time staff – leading the department! We marvel at what God does with faithfulness. She has become passionate about telling the story of what God is doing in Orlando and Calvary through various kinds of media and developing the passions of the members on her team. When she is not working, C’arrah is cuddling her husky – Dakota, hanging out at a new coffee show, or shopping at Marshalls!

carrahgabriel@calvaryorlando.org

Gabe Colón

Gabe Colón

Student Ministries Director

Born in Manhattan, New York, Gabe Colón was instantly a part of a ministerial family. After moving around the tri-state area, God called him and his family to central Florida, where he finished high school, attended Calvary Life College and eventually, was called into full time ministry. He interned with the youth ministry for 3 years, until God called him to become the youth pastor of Calvary Orlando. Gabe is a huge fan of sports and film. He has a real passion for young people and a heart for this generation.

gabecolon@calvaryorlando.org

Isaiah Brandon

Isaiah Brandon

Music Director