Dr. Joe Babij (pronounced “Bobbie”) earned his Doctor of Ministries degree (D. Min) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his Master’s of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary. He has been preaching at Calvary since 1985. Born and raised in New Jersey, Pastor Babij has long been dedicated to serving New Jerseyans by faithfully preaching God’s word in the church while working to deliver the gospel to the surrounding community.
Joe first came to know the Lord while serving as a United States Marine aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. After his tour, Joe entered Northeastern Bible College, where he completed his B.A. in Biblical Literature and began preaching evangelistic messages in nearby churches.
Joe and his wife, Jayne, a biblical counselor and principal of a local Christian school, live in Somerset, NJ, and have four children: Rebekah, Naomi, Joshua, and Elizabeth. When he’s not studying or teaching, Joe enjoys weightlifting, eating Thai food, and showing hospitality.
Joe is a passionate preacher committed to expository preaching, explaining the meaning of the Scriptures (including its charges, exhortations, and warnings) as intended by the original authors. He does this through careful study of the surrounding context, the historical background, and the grammatical structure in the original languages. He also believes that all of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, speak of Jesus Christ, who came into the world to save all who would believe from the penalty of their sin.
His hope for the church is that God’s people might be strengthened in heart as they see more of God and His unfathomable love as displayed in Christ (Ephesians 3:16-19).
Greg first came to Calvary in 2004 and has served as an elder candidate since 2011. In addition to occasional teaching and preaching roles, he currently oversees the music and sound ministries, the website and media team, and the missionary care team. Greg also occasionally organizes various in-reach and hospitality initiatives.
Greg grew up in East Brunswick, NJ, and went to college at UC Berkeley, where he obtained degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science. Near the end of his time in college, God drew Greg to Christ. After college, Greg was privileged to spend a few years in Los Angeles at John MacArthur’s church, where his eyes were opened for the first time to the power of faithful, expository preaching through the Bible. God eventually brought Greg back to Central New Jersey to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University. Today, Greg works as a data scientist in the Princeton area.
Greg lives in Mercer County (Lawrenceville, NJ) with his wife, Yiyin, and their three children. In his spare time, Greg is probably giving his daughter a piggyback ride. When he’s not doing that, he’s always up for a game of ping pong, is learning (very slowly) how to play jazz piano, and is an NBA junkie. Greg also spends a lot more time than he likes to admit dunking on his son’s six foot tall pee-wee basketball hoop (don’t hate!). Most of all, Yiyin and Greg love to have people over.
The passion of Greg’s heart is to make sure everyone who comes to Calvary feels loved, welcomed, and cared for, demonstrating as a church the love with which Jesus Christ has loved us. He prays that the church will demonstrate the love of God among the brethren and thereby spread the good news of Christ in Central Jersey.
Khaleef has been a member at Calvary since 2011 and an elder candidate since the beginning of 2015. He oversees the discipleship ministries at Calvary and also serves as a homegroup leader, member of the sound and website teams, and fill-in preacher.
Growing up in Irvington, NJ, Khaleef first heard about Christ after high school from a former music teacher. Curious, Khaleef began attending a church and reading the Bible for the first time. Through the reading of Scripture, God brought Khaleef to saving faith. Khaleef received a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics from Rutgers University and today works as a business manager in the New Brunswick area. He also professionally blogs on personal finances from a biblical perspective and weight loss.
Khaleef and his wife, Sherrian, live in North Brunswick, NJ. In his spare time, Khaleef enjoys listening to good jazz music, laughing at cartoons with Sherrian, spending time with people, and powerlifting.
Khaleef’s great passion for the church is to see everyone in it growing in personal holiness. Though a serious commitment to holy living is missing in many of today’s churches and is often mislabeled as “legalistic”, the Bible shows us that holiness is both commanded and expected of Christ’s followers. Khaleef’s prayer is that, at Calvary, we would view holiness as not just a command, but as a way of pursuing our ultimate joy in Jesus Christ, turning away from sinful habits and turning toward our good God!
Ermanno Bibbo has been a member at Calvary for more than ten years and a deacon since the beginning of 2016. Aside from serving as a deacon, Ermanno regularly hosts the Young Adult Ministry at his home, leads the Teen Ministry, co-leads the Iron Man Ministry, and evangelizes through his barber shop.
Ermanno grew up in the Bridgewater area of New Jersey. God was drawing Ermanno for a number of years and allowed Ermanno to experience serious hardships. God finally used Scripture to show Ermanno his sin and save him. After going to school for barbering, Ermanno has worked for over ten years at his shop in Branchburg, NJ.
Ermanno and his wife Shae live in Montgomery, NJ, with their two kids, Ezekiel and Maria. In his spare time, Ermanno enjoys training young men to box and discipling them in God’s Word.
Ermanno’s foremost desire is to see more people come to Christ.
Joe Fantuzzo has been a member at Calvary since 2014 and a deacon since early 2016. Joe also plays bass for the worship team and sings tenor in the choir.
Joe grew up in Rochester, NY, and studied chemical engineering at Penn State University. During college, Joe began to understand the power and depth of God’s forgiveness in Christ and became a believer. Joe is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University with plans to enter the pharmaceutical industry.
Joe lives in South Plainfield, NJ, with his wife, Rebecca. In his leisure time, Joe likes to read, study theology, and exercise. He also enjoys listening to and playing music, especially on the bass.
Joe’s passion for the church is that we would have a high, gospel-founded view of Christ flowing into loving service to others.
Brian Gussis has been a Calvary member since 2011 and a deacon candidate since May 2016. Brian also serves as Calvary’s Missions Administrator.
Brian grew up in Somerset, NJ, and studied Professional Golf Management and Business Administration at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. God drew Brian to salvation through his now-wife, Natalie. Brian met Natalie in 2007 and started going with her to Christ Community Church in Piscataway, NJ. After attending for about a year and seeing how much the Bible made sense and how far Brian was from God, Brian repented and believed. God later brought both Brian and Natalie to Calvary.
Brian now works as a golf instructor and manager for GOLFTEC. He and Natalie live in Kendall Park, NJ, with their two kids, Brylee and Nathan. In his spare time, Brian enjoys road biking, being with family, and eating at Moe’s Southwest Grill.
Brian’s great desire for the church is to see the Bible’s truth not only preached to the people but also practiced by the people.
Dave has worked for Calvary since 2013. In January 2017, Dave began attending The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles and continues to work part-time for Calvary teaching the adult Sunday school class via livestream, maintaining the church’s website, and editing/publishing various church documents and teaching materials. Dave’s plan is to obtain his Masters of Divinity and return to full-time ministry at Calvary in 2020.
Coming from a family of six kids, David grew up in a Christian home in South Jersey and was saved in middle school when he really understood the magnitude of his sin before God. David later graduated from Rutgers University with Bachelor degrees in History and English.
David and his wife, Ema, live in Northridge, California, but still consider New Jersey their home. Outside of work, David enjoys singing songs from musicals, playing board games like Settlers of Catan, and learning new things.
Because he enjoys studying texts, David is most passionate about seeing the church spiritually equipped to interpret the Bible correctly, understanding grammar as well as textual and historical context. David also loves Church History and hopes that the testimonies of believers past will instruct and encourage us in the present.
Sherrian has attended Calvary since 2010 and has served on the church’s administrative staff since 2017. In addition to her job responsibilities, she is also active in the worship team and ladies’ ministry.
Sherrian was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and came to Christ in her childhood. She currently lives in North Brunswick with her husband, Khaleef. Sherrian enjoys reading, working on music with Khaleef, and anything else that allows her to be creative.
Sherrian has always had a heart for women and teens. She hopes to see the body at Calvary grow in love for Christ and each other as they use their gifts in building the kingdom.
Shae has been a member at Calvary for more than ten years and has served in church administration since early 2017. Shae also assists her husband Ermanno in deacon work, helps host Young Adult Ministry and Teen Ministry, and sings in the praise team.
Though born in Colombia, Shae grew up in New Jersey and first believed in Jesus while very young. After high school, however, Shae wandered from the Lord and experienced two years of intense trials. God graciously brought Shae back to Himself and led her to solid, biblical teaching. Shae later studied Christian Ministry at Philadelphia Bible University (now Cairn University) and California Baptist University.
Shae now lives in Montgomery, NJ, working as a part-time hair stylist and as a full-time mom to her two children, Ezekiel and Maria. Shae enjoys music, reading with her kids, and eating Italian and Colombian food.
Shae’s passion for the church is that the brethren might truly understand the character of God and be changed by it.
Lugy has come to our church since 1997 and has served part-time as our church custodian since 2013. We have her and her family’s hard work to thank for a clean and well-organized church every Sunday!
Lugy has known the Lord since 1992. She and her husband Fred have eight children. In her spare time, she loves to read and cook. Her sincere hope is to see others come to know her savior Jesus Christ as she has.