Mount Calvary Baptist Church Leadership
Mount Calvary Baptist Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Stephen Collins is the Lead Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. He has been faithfully serving in ministry in various positions from Associate, Youth, and Children’s Pastor, in addition to leading small groups, and serving on the worship team, for over 15 years.
Holding a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Lees McRae, Stephen is currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity in Preaching and Pastoral Care from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Stephen and his family reside in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart, and they have been blessed with 3 beautiful children. When not preaching and ministering to his congregation and community, Stephen enjoys being outside, hiking, fishing, and camping with his family.
Stephen and his family are excited to be a part of the Mount Calvary church family and are looking forward to seeing how God is going to continue to use them for His glory.
Hannah Gebhardt was hired in June 2021 to serve as Church Secretary here at Mount Calvary.
Former Administrative Assistant and Camp Staffer, Hannah brings her organization and professional skills to our church office. Hannah is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She continues to serve the Lord and Mount Calvary in a way that honors God and pleases the members of MCBC.
Passionate about the Lord and His Word, children's ministry, and the church as a whole, Hannah enjoys serving the family of Mount Calvary. When she is not serving in the office here, Hannah calls Amherst Baptist Church in Morganton, NC her home and serves alongside her husband in children's ministry.
The wife of Cleveland County native Samuel Gebhardt and dog mom to Clover, Hannah lives in the beautiful foothills of Western North Carolina. When she’s not managing the church office or studying Greek, Hannah can be found playing piano and guitar, eating cookie dough ice cream, admiring the beauty of old architecture, and planning her bucket list travels to Rome, Paris, Dublin, Bath, Spain, and Edinburgh.
Landon Murray is a 22-year-old resident of Valdese, NC, where he has lived all his life. He is husband to Molly Murray and the son of Robert and Lisa Murray. He has been a faithful member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church all his life, where he was introduced to the Lord at a young age
Landon is a recent graduate from North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and played basketball for four years. During the past four summers, he has been on the staff at Calvary Kids, a daycare hosted by Mount Calvary Baptist Church.
Landon enjoys spending time with his family and playing guitar any chance he gets. He has been leading the praise and worship team at Mount Calvary for over a year.
Landon is excited to be selected as the new Youth Director and he looks forward to being a witness of what the Lord has in store for the MCBC Youth ministry and the students.
Music Director - Choir Director
Vera Cabaniss has been a resident of Valdese all her life.
After attending two years of Junior College at Wingate University she worked Customer Service at Burke Mills where she retired.
Vera is the widow of church member Ron Cabaniss. She became a member in 1962, and she has played the organ and directed the choir at Mount Calvary Baptist Church for 48 years.
Director of Calvary Kids
Jan is a native of the Valdese area, and has served in some form of childcare nearly her entire life.
MCBC is blessed to have been home for the Calvary Kids before and after school childcare program and summer camp ministry for the children of Valdese and its surrounding areas since 2015.
As Director of Calvary Kids, Jan’s enthusiasm and dedication to the children in her care is evident to all. Her desire to serve the Lord through her work with the children, volunteers, and staff of Calvary Kids serves as an example to our church and community.
Jan also serves as wife to Brett, and mother to Katelyn, Leah, and Gavin.
Her favorite hobbies include watching her kids play sports, and hanging out with her family and friends.