Our Staff

  • Matt Watson

    Lead Pastor


    Matt has served as the Lead Pastor since July of 2018. Prior to serving in his role at Mount Calvary, he worked as the Next Generation Pastor at Burke Community Church in Northern Virginia. He holds a Masters of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a degree in Bible and Communications from Cedarville University. His heart’s desire is that everyone would hear the truth from God’s Word, have a relationship with Christ, and live a life transformed because of it.


    In his free time, Matt loves to spend time with his wife Ashley and their kids Caroline, Truman, and Jack along with the family dog, Buster. Matt loves anything having to do with the Atlanta Braves and Clemson Tigers. He also enjoys smoking meat on his Big Green Egg, reading, watching sports, spending time with friends, and finding the best cup of coffee in town. 

  • Jonathan Witmer

    Associate Pastor


    Jonathan joined the staff in April 2004 after pastoring five years at Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church in Sunbury, PA.  Jonathan graduated Cedarville University majoring in Bible with an emphasis in Christian Education of Youth.  As Jonathan was at college trying to figure out God’s plan for his future, he recognized the influential role his youth pastor had in his life and felt called to go into ministry and work with students.  He is thankful for the opportunity that God has given him to encourage students to follow Christ and use their gifts and abilities to honor and serve Him.


    Jonathan is married to his high school sweetheart Dana, and they have three children, Haley, Zachary, and Wesley.  He likes cheering on his older kids as they compete in athletics, spending Wednesdays with little Wesley, watching football and basketball with his family, tinkering with technology, drinking Starbucks Chai, and enjoying an original Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich.

  • BJ Allen

    Director of Worship


    BJ began serving as Worship Leader in the spring of 2006 and was hired on the church staff shortly thereafter.  Prior to joining the church staff part-time, BJ served as a volunteer in the many aspects of the music ministry since he began attending in 1997.


    BJ has played guitar for most of his life and enjoys playing acoustic and electric guitar and electric bass. BJ earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from Pensacola Christian College, while simultaneously studying Bible courses during each semester of his college years.  BJ enjoys the outdoors, camping, hiking, trail-running, and the various sports associated with triathlon--open water swimming, cycling, and running.  BJ has been married to his wife, Amy, for 24 years.  BJ and Amy have two daughters, Kathleen, 22, and Emily, 18.

  • Elizabeth Lerro

    Director of Care &
    Women's Ministry


    Elizabeth has been part of the Mt Calvary Church family for over 15 years and has served in various women’s and children’s ministries during that time before beginning her role on staff in January 2019.  Most recently she has been responsible for helping people find their place in life and ministry through the PLACE experience at MCC.  She holds a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University and is currently working on certification from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.  In addition to her responsibilities at MCC, she also serves as a client advocate for Lebanon Pregnancy Services.  She and her husband Phil have two sons and two dogs.  Her life verse is Matthew 9:26 “But with God all things are possible.”

  • Jason Norman

    Director of Upward Sports


    Jason joined the Mount Calvary Church staff as Director of Upward Sports in April of 2015. He is passionate about making sure the Upward program is done with excellence. Jason loves seeing the players grow in their athletic ability and get solid biblical teaching during the Upward season.  Jason enjoys being active and hanging out with his family. He's a big fan of old cars and superhero comics.

  • Melissa Norman

    Director of Kid's Ministry


    Melissa joined the staff in June of 2017 after several years of teaching at Mount Calvary Christian School and being a stay at home mom. She loves children's ministry because she has a crazy passion for kids! She loves hanging out with them, talking with them, teaching them the Bible and pointing them to Jesus! She wants the Bible to come alive to every child so they can experience a personal relationship with Jesus.


    Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible and Early Childhood Education from Lancaster Bible College. She is married to Jason and they have three children. She loves to bake, decorate her house, organize things, and hang out with her family. 

  • Dr. Daniel Sheard

    Superintendent of MCCS


    Dan Sheard has been with Mount Calvary Christian School since March of 2012 and loves interacting with the students.  He was born and raised in suburban New York, and trusted Christ in a thriving children’s ministry in the 1960s. He loves to spend time reading and studying the word of God. He is married to his beautiful wife Suzanne and has four children and one grandchild. Dan did his schooling at Taylor University, Regent College, Dallas Seminary, and Spurgeon’s College, London. He and Sue, served as missionaries in the French Caribbean and have planted and served in several churches in the USA and overseas. He has also taught theology and missions at several colleges and seminaries. Dan loves to travel and has lived in Israel, Ireland, Canada, French Guiana, and Martinique. When he is not working, you might find him doing woodworking, gardening, growing fruit trees, or studying languages.  Two little-known facts about Dan are that he has built several boats and loves to fish.

  • Ray Stuart

    Connections Pastor


    Ray joined the staff in August of 2015 after spending over 5 years at Bethel Baptist Church in Manheim, PA. Ray holds degrees from University of Louisville and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is married to Morgan and they have three children: Andrew, Catherine, and Abby.


    As a senior in high school, Ray became a follower of Christ after a classmate told him about Jesus’ love for him. Because of how God has used other followers of Christ to love and encourage and challenge him, Ray loves helping others connect and build relationships where they can grow in their love and knowledge of God and love for others in community.  Ray would be thrilled to talk to you about plugging into a Life Group or about board games, or both!

  • Cindy Clark

    Administrative Assistant


    Cindy joined the team in February of 2018 after spending 34 years in ministry as a pastor's wife in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Cindy is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College with a degree in Bible and Elementary Education. She is married to Rick. They have two daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, and a Miniature Schnauzer named Dallas. She enjoys decorating and making cards for family and friends.

  • Tom Esbenshade

    Director of Maintenance


  • Kelly Masters



    Kelly serves all ministries of Mount Calvary as the Accountant, serving through Payroll, Payables, Benefits Administration, Budgeting, & anything else related to ministry finances.  Kelly also serves on the Sisters in Faith team, on the School Finance Committee, as a leader in The Well, and as a Prayer Partner for the MOMs ministry.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Elizabethtown College where she met her husband, Jay.  Kelly & Jay started attending Mt Calvary Church over 30 years ago as an engaged couple looking for a church home in the Elizabethtown area.  They have 2 sons & 2 daughters who have all graduated from Mount Calvary Christian School.  Kelly’s favorite part of serving at Mt Calvary is knowing that her gifts, talents, and skills are being used to further the kingdom of Christ in many different parts of the world through missionaries, MCCS alumni, and congregation members.