Pastor Nate & wife Bethany with kids Hayden, Elise, and Kayleigh

Senior Pastor – Nate Wilks
Nate Wilks has been Calvary’s senior pastor since 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 (18), Hayden (15), and Elise (11), 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.

Assistant Pastor of Equipping – Wes Martin
Wes Martin started at Calvary in 2024. He grew up on a small farm outside Tahlequah, Oklahoma, completely unchurched, and an atheist by 18. Wes went to the University of Oklahoma where he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music; but, more importantly, after a story that involves playing trumpet on cruise ships, C.S. Lewis, multiple hernias, and RUF Summer Conference, Wes met Jesus and became a Christian through OURUF when he was 21. Wes also met Kaitlin through OURUF, and after a very rocky start (and a story worth telling), they married in May 2010, and have five kids. Wes was encouraged by his church and RUF Campus Minister to go to seminary and graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis in 2015, and was ordained in the PCA that same year. He previously served as the RUF Campus Minister at the University of Utah, a solo pastor in Canada, a drug and and alcohol rehab counselor and chaplain, and as an assistant pastor at churches in Oklahoma. Wes loves playing complex board games (Eurogames), watching good characters, reading, and playing trumpet whenever possible.

Worship Music Director – Sarah Lambert
Sarah Lambert joined Calvary as Worship Music Director in 2011. She 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. She has a wide variety of interests from music, to North Carolina State football, to working as an ultrasound technologist. Sarah is married to Jeremy Lambert, and they live in Raleigh with their daughter, Audrey, a dog and cat.

Communications Specialist – Elise Carpenter

Custodian – Rich Kiernan

Volunteer Positions

Children’s Ministry Director – Gwen Wiggs
Gwen Wiggs 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! 

Nursery Coordinator – Elizabeth Gyori
Elizabeth Gyori became the Nursery Coordinator at Calvary in August of 2023. She grew up going to church, being an active member and later a youth leader at her former church. She started attending Calvary in 2017 with her husband, Chris, who has been a member of Calvary PCA for 20 years. Elizabeth graduated from UNCW as a Chemistry major and currently works in clinical research. She has three children, under the age of 6, that have benefited from the nursery activities and care at Calvary PCA. Elizabeth loves watching her children learn about Jesus and believes all children are a gift from God!