Calvary Church

Our Staff

Pastor Jeff Cowmeadow  |  Senior Pastor

Pastor Jeff was born and raised in a steel town outside Pittsburgh, help Pennsylvania. He came to Minnesota in 1977 to attend Bethel College and studied philosophy. Upon graduation, he worked in the restaurant business for a year and a half. It was during those days that he met his wife, Randi, who is now a Spanish teacher. Pastor Jeff received his Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary, and also graduated from the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) in Chicago, Illinois. He came to Calvary in 1986, and has been senior pastor since the late autumn of 1988. The Cowmeadows are blessed with three daughters: Ali, Kendahl, and Madison. Jeff loves sports, movies, landscaping, reading, travel, and spending time with folks around the table. He believes that hospitality, the welcome of the stranger, is the central ethic of scripture and says: Calvary is a fabulous community of people who love the Lord and truly seek to sojourn together as Christ’s disciples. Pastor Jeff would love to invite you to explore this multi-cultural movement of people.

Lauren Smythe  |  Youth Pastor

Lauren grew up in South Minneapolis between the Longfellow and Seward neighborhoods. Since becoming a Christian in high school, she’s loved learning how God is moving in this city. Her greatest passion is to help youth feel and become empowered to live out their dreams, know they are loved by God, and have the tools to pursue God and the life God has for them. Her other passions include making music with her voice and guitar, photography and graphic design, and playing with animals (especially cats). She’s lived out these passions before now through things like interning at various youth programs, working for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, leading youth missions trips with Next Step Ministries, and as a traveling school photographer with Lifetouch. She is so excited to pursue what she’s most passionate about in her favorite place of South Minneapolis with the Calvary family!

Lcie Stevenson  |  Music Director

Lcie was born in Crawford Mississippi, grew up in Kankakee Illinois, and graduated from Winona State, where he played basketball and received a degree in Criminal Justice. He retired from the Minnesota Department of Corrections in 2016 after 33 years of service. Lcie was ordained as a Baptist Minister in 1996 and served as music director at several Twin Cities churches before joining Calvary in 2014. Lcie is father to three children, and granfather to five boys.

Amy Runion  |  Children’s Pastor

A small town girl from Wisconsin, Amy and her husband Matt have called Minneapolis home for the past decade.  She’s a mom, a cook, a traveler, and a school-junkie.  Her favorite place to discuss theology might just be with 4-years-olds during Critter’s Club.  Pastor Amy has served Calvary Kids’ Village (CKV) since 2010.  Leading children’s ministry offers the opportunity to work alongside a huge, dedicated group of volunteers invested in the faith development of Calvary’s kids.  This village takes seriously the call to nurture a generation who love God and love others together.

Emma Nichols  |  Communications & Hospitality Coordinator

Emma grew up on the border of South Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, and spent most of her time in the Uptown area running around Lake Calhoun or working at the seafood restaurant on the lake, The Tin Fish. She speaks Spanish, after learning at a young age at Spanish Immersion School and from her dad, who grew up in Puerto Rico. She studied Journalism and Studio Art at Bethel University, and later worked as a writer and newspaper editor. No matter what season, you can find her outside—biking, running, or camping in the summer, skiing or skating in the winter. She also teaches pottery classes in South Minneapolis and loves making mugs and pots to share. She loves telling the story of Calvary Church, and how it shows the Whittier neighborhood Christ’s love and hospitality.

Ann Hotz  |  Whittier Wildflowers Preschool Director

Ann has been working with young children for over 25 years, as a preschool teacher, director, and children’s minister. She earned my Early Childhood/ Elementary Education degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. Her husband, Mike is a pastor at Sanctuary Covenant Church in North Minneapolis. The Hotzs live in the Kenny neighborhood in South Minneapolis and have three children: Aly, Fletcher, and Kaya. Their family has a long relationship with Calvary Church, so Ann is thrilled to now be teaching here at Whittier Wildflowers!  Ann will be the first point of contact for families.

Calvary Facilities Staff

John Evans, Reggie Brown, Doug Defoe, & Bennett Parker