Lead Pastor: Kirk Shelton

I was born in my grandparents’ home in Mt. View, Arkansas to a young single mom. It wasn’t until shortly before I started school that my mother married and I was adopted by the man who became my dad. By that time we were living in Little Rock where I attended school, graduating from Central High.

Largely due to the prayers and influence of my grandparents, I was saved at the age of nine and surrendered to the ministry at sixteen, just before my junior year in high school. To prepare for ministry I attended Central Baptist College in Conway where I met Toni Greer. We married during our sophomore year in college.

Toni and I have been blessed to serve in various ministries and in a variety of places including the Yakima Indian Reservation in Washington, a university campus in Texas, an international missionary radio and television ministry based in Arkansas, as well as several churches in Texas and Arkansas. We have three grown children and three incredible grandchildren. 

We came to Calvary in 2013 with a desire to invest our lives in a church needing a new vision for God and His glory. We love the Calvary family and are excited about what God wants to do in and through this church. 

My hope for Calvary Church is that we would know and worship God with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strength and that we would be shaped into the image of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.  

You can contact Kirk at Kirk@calvaryfayetteville.com

Pastor of family ministries: 

Dan Carson

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” No, that’s not right. Okay. How about? “Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…” No that won’t work either. I guess that we all want to have amazing stories and introductions, but some of us have to settle for the more common place. My story isn’t full of amazing powers, but it is one of God’s Love. And, that alone makes it amazing and something above the common place.


I was just a boy when I accepted Jesus at White Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Potosi, Missouri. I didn’t know much, but I knew that God loved me and wanted to have a personal relationship with me. Since that time, God has worked and pointed me into a life of worship through service. I surrendered my life to the gospel call in March of 1991 while attending Central Baptist College. I met my wife, Temple there and we married shortly after my third year of college. I went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible with a Pastoral Studies emphasis in May 1995. Shortly after college, I went to the Baptist Theological Seminary of Jacksonville, Texas where I received a Master of Arts in Religion in May of 1998. 

Since that time, I have served as a Minister of Church Growth, Church Planter, Pastor, Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, and Education Pastor. I am very excited to be serving at Calvary Baptist Church of Fayetteville as the Pastor of Family Ministries. In 2009, my wife graduated from John Brown University with her Master of Science in Counseling. It was during her graduate studies that God cemented a vision in our hearts to help families experience wholeness. She works that vision out through our ministry time as well as her counseling business, The Family That Plays Together (www.PlayingFamilies.com).


While not at church, I love spending time with my family. I have two crazy talented kids who love to sing and play instruments. I also enjoy taekwondo, mountain biking, running, and playing video games.


God placed a burden on my heart to help pastors experience Health and Balance in their personal and professional lives. That vision led me to professional coach training in 2015. Now, I serve as a Life, Leadership, & Ministry Coach to those that need help through my coaching business, www.BalancedLifeConcepts.net.


If I can help you and your family into a deeper walk with Christ, please let me know.  

You can contact Dan at Dan@calvaryfayetteville.com


The Shepherd Leaders are the Elders of our Church.  Our Shepherd Leaders include David Bentley, Justin Swope, David Cook and Jerry James.

Worship Leader: David Bentley

I have lived in NWA since 1972 when my family moved here after my father retired from the Air Force. Little did I know, the cute blonde haired girl I met in Mrs. Park’s 4th grade class would one day become my wife. Jamie and I met again at the University of Arkansas where I studied music for a year. Jamie and I were married in 1985. We have been blessed with three children and two grandchildren. I work full-time as a Consumer Safety Inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture-Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Even though I had been in church since I was a small child, I truly trusted Christ as my Savior at the age of 26 and was baptized at Little Elm Baptist Church in Farmington, AR. I later served there as Music and Choir Director for 2 years as my wife played piano. Jamie and I joined Calvary Church in 1996. Jamie and I have been involved in Calvary’s music ministry in some way for the last 20 years. We love the Lord and our church family.    

Music has always been a big part of my life and God’s music is the pinnacle. It has been and will always be more about worshipful song lyrics than a pretty melody. At Calvary Church, we strive for music to minister to everyone, no matter where you are in life. We look forward to God’s next chapter for your life and His church.   

You can contact David at Music@calvaryfayetteville.com

Ministry Assistant/CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: Amanda Bowman

Well hello there! If you’ve come to this page you’re probably looking for 1 of 2 things, either you want to know more information about Calvary or you have questions. Either way I’m your girl! 

My husband, Tyler, and I have been members of Calvary since early 2015 and regular attenders since mid-2014. Our goal was to find a church that we could begin our lives as a married couple in and we found that here. This church very quickly became home for us and the people some of our closest friends. 

I’m a native of NWA and absolutely love it! I was saved when I was 7 at a small church in Summers, AR. I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S.A. in Poultry Science in May 2015. Throughout my time at the UofA, I attended the college ministry ABS and fell in love with it so much I also work there as an intern! 

Since my time at the UofA, God has been molding me. This molding has just recently taken the form of the Children’s Ministry Director here at Calvary! I get the privilege of working with the Middle School Girls on Wednesday Nights as a part of our Girls Ministry, in creating the mold for our new Children’s Church, and for helping and supporting our Children’s Ministry teachers and leaders! I also get to be involved in some pretty awesome things like Church Camp, conferences, and planning events!

You can contact Amanda at Amanda@calvaryfayetteville.com

Administrative pastor: Jerry James

I was born in my grandparents' home. They lived just outside Dardanelle, Arkansas, where my mom was staying while my dad was serving on a warship in the South Pacific during WWII. Most of my upbringing was in a small town in the Missouri bootheel, called Hayti. I became a Christian at the age of 11 at Beacon Baptist Church in Blytheville, Arkansas, where we lived for a couple of years before returning to Hayti.

After high school I spent 4 years in the U. S. Air Force, stationed at Langley AFB, Virginia. After my military service, I went to work for a company based in Virginia, who after a year, transferred me to Memphis, where I spent the next 10 years. While in Memphis, I also attended the University of Memphis, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

In 1980, I was again transferred. This time to Russellville, Arkansas. This is where I met Connie (a native of Clarksville), and we were married in 1983. After almost 15 years in Russellville, I changed companies, and was transferred to NW Arkansas in 1994, first living at Hickory Creek on Beaver Lake, then moving to Springdale, and finally settling in Fayetteville.

Connie and I have been attended Calvary for almost 10 years now, and have grown to deeply love our fellow church members. Since retiring in 2010, I have been blessed with a number of opportunities of service at Calvary, and I am grateful to our God for every one of them. God is blessing our church and I am very happy to be a part of it.

My hope for Calvary is that we will continue to grow in God's grace, both corporately and individually, and be a beacon for our Savior in our community, and throughout NW Arkansas.

You can contact Jerry at Jerry@calvaryfayetteville.com