Tim Franklin, Pastor
We are very pleased to welcome Bro. Tim Franklin to his new position as Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. Bro. Tim first joined us as Children’s Minister in 2015. During the spring of 2017, he was asked to serve as our Interim Pastor. After serving 9 months as Interim Pastor, Bro. Tim was called by the church to serve as our full-time pastor.
Bro. Tim and his wife, Cindy, both grew up here in Denison. They were married in 1999 and in 2012 they adopted their two daughters from Ukraine. Alona is now 19 years old and Katya is 17.
Bro. Tim accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was 11 years old. Growing up in a church that had strong Children’s and Bus Ministries laid the foundation for his eventual surrendering of his life to the ministry. He began serving in children’s ministry by running his first church van route when he was 18 years old. His involvement in children’s ministry grew from there.
After many years of leading Children’s Church, Tim knew that God was calling him into full time ministry. He was ordained in July 2015 and began to seek exactly where God would lead him. It became evident that God had plans for him here at Calvary Baptist. In October of 2015, Bro. Tim came to Calvary Baptist Church as our Children’s Pastor.
In May of 2017, Bro. Tim became our Interim Pastor, causing his wife, Cindy, to step up into the position of Children’s Director. The Franklin girls, Alona and Katya, are usually found serving alongside their parents, helping in many ways.
When the family gets a chance, they all like to slip away and enjoy the outdoors. They enjoy camping, fishing, and cooking hearty meals over an open fire. They like to take their Boxer dog, Dasha, along with them whenever possible.
Bro. Tim enjoys woodworking and beekeeping and is learning to play guitar. His favorite foods are barbecue and Mexican food. His favorite quote is “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called”. His favorite scriptures are Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 4:13.
You can email Bro. Tim at: Pastor@calvarydenison.org
Alton "Noonie" Lynch, Jr., Minister of Music
Alton "Noonie" Lynch is the bi-vocational Minister of Music at Calvary. He has lived in Denison most of his life. Alton has been blessed for many years to lead the music at several churches in the area. His greatest goal is to help every person really see and feel the Lord in worship through music. Alton and his wife, Linda, have been married for over 35 years and they enjoy living in the Sherman-Denison area. They have enjoyed traveling throughout the years. Alton's favorite food is "authentic" Mexican food accompanied with different and varying hot chiles..really HOT ! Alton's motto is: "Music is in everything! Enjoy it !!" Alton invites everyone to join the music ministry at Calvary.
Marilyn Johnson, Secretary
Marilyn is not only one of our church secretaries, but has also served as our beloved church organist for 50 years. Marilyn started playing the organ in her home church, First Baptist Church, Honey Grove, TX. She played there 4 years. After marriage, she & her husband, Wayne, moved to Lamesa, TX & joined Second Baptist Church where she played 2 years. When Wayne was hired to teach in Denison, God called them to Calvary. She was officially hired on Feb. 9, 1966. Wayne & Marilyn had been married over 52 years when the Lord called him home. They have 3 children--Jeffri Johnson Hodge, Mickey Johnson, Vicki Johnson Phillips. They have been blessed with 6 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Favorite scriptures are Psalms 118:24, Prov. 3:5-6, Phil. 4:13 and the book of James. Favorite songs are.....most all hymns. Marilyn tells us that music speaks to her & is her comfort & encouragement. She says that it is a great blessing to serve the Lord through music.
Elizabeth Burk, Secretary
Elizabeth Burk tells us that she feels blessed to have been serving as our church secretary since 1989. During that time she has had the opportunity to meet many people and has made many wonderful friends. Elizabeth and her husband, Bill have one son, Jeremy. Jeremy and his wife, Sherry, have blessed them with two grandchildren, Andrea and Justin. Elizabeth's favorite food is American style spaghetti made at home in her own kitchen. She tells us that this was always a favorite of her brothers and sisters, as well. Elizabeth's favorite Bible verses are Job 19:25-26, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, John 14:1-6, John 12:20-21, and Proverbs 3:5-6.