Wilks Family

Pastor Nate Wilks with his wife Bethany and their three kids – Kayleigh, Elise, and Hayden. Photo Credit: Amaris Photography

Senior Pastor – Nate Wilks

Nate Wilks joined Calvary as Senior Pastor in August of 2013, following three years as Pastor of Family Ministries in Cochranville, PA. Nate graduated in 2010 with an MDiv. from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. He also holds a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. Prior to pastoral ministry, Nate spent a few years as a baseball broadcaster in Augusta, GA, where he met his wife, Bethany. Nate and Bethany have three children – Kayleigh (14), Hayden (11), and Elise (8), and they love Raleigh for its people, weather, restaurants and parks. Nate is an avid sports fan and enjoys rooting for his beloved Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.

Sarah Lambert

Photo Credit: Jeff Alan Studios

Worship Music Director – Sarah Lambert

Sarah Lambert joined Calvary as worship music director in 2011. Sarah grew up in Raleigh and has attended Calvary since she was in elementary school. Sarah graduated from Covenant College with a Bachelor of Arts in music, and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from North Carolina State University, and an Associate’s degree in Ultrasound Technology. Sarah is married to  Jeremy Lambert, and they live in Raleigh with a dog and cat. When not playing music, Sarah might be found watching North Carolina State football or sipping on an overpriced beverage at Starbucks.

Communications Specialist/Administrative Assistant – Elise Carpenter

Custodian – Rich Kiernan

Volunteer Positions

Children’s Ministry Director – Gwen Wiggs

Gwen Wiggs, our Children’s Ministry Director, grew up in Maryland and came to Raleigh to attend NCSU as a Forestry major.  She has worked a variety of jobs – in Forestry at both the federal & state level, in Technical Support for SAS, as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant, and as a lower school Admin Assistant.  She is married to Calvary elder, Jeff Wiggs, with whom she has four grown children.  Gwen began attending Calvary 39 years ago as a single college student and became a member 36 years ago.  During her many years here, she has been a Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher & craft leader, served on the Grounds Committee, Missions Committee and Women’s Ministry, and gone on many mission trips!  The Children’s Worship Program is brand new to Calvary, but Gwen has been serving in a similar role with children’s Sunday School since 2015.

Photo Credit: Nina Polizzano

Nursery Coordinator – Bethany Wilks

Bethany Wilks became Nursery Coordinator in March of 2019.  She originally came to Calvary in 2013 with husband and Calvary Pastor, Nate Wilks, and their three children, ages 14, 11, and 8.  Bethany grew up in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She went on to earn her Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders from Marshall University.  She is a certified speech-language pathologist and has worked with preschool and school-age children in the Raleigh area.  Bethany also serves on the Calvary Worship Team and Greeter Team, and she and Nate host a Life Group in their home.  Bethany loves to sing, and listen to music and podcasts.  She delights in watching her children participate in sports and the arts, and spending time with family and friends.  She also enjoys having people over for meals, meeting new people, being outdoors and drinking lots of coffee.