Dr. Joe Babij (pronounced “Bobbie”) earned his Doctor of Ministries degree (D. Min) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his Master 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, 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).
Dave has worked for Calvary since 2013. From January 2017 to May 2020, Dave attended The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles and graduated with his Master of Divinity. Dave now oversees church administration and biblical counseling. Dave also preaches regularly.
Coming from a family of six kids, Dave 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. Dave later graduated from Rutgers University with Bachelor degrees in History and English.
Dave lives with his wife, Ema, and his son, Benjamin, in Manville, NJ. Outside of work, Dave enjoys singing songs from musicals, playing board games like Wingspan, and learning more about world history.
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 is also eager to see more Christians trained in biblical counseling so that they are able to more skillfully minister God’s sufficient word and more gladly fulfill the command given to all believers: “We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
Greg first came to Calvary in 2004 and has served in leadership 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 software engineer in the NY area.
Greg lives in Kendall Park, NJ with his wife, Yiyin, and their four children. In his spare time, Greg likes to play Virtual Reality ping pong, is trying to learn how to play jazz piano, and likes to learn about new software technologies. 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!). 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. He oversees the children’s ministries at Calvary and also serves as a homegroup leader, YAM leader, member of the worship team, and preacher.
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 got interested in creating hot sauces and jams and started Crumbley Kitchen.
Khaleef and his wife, Sherrian, live in Middlesex County. 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!
Joe Fantuzzo has been a member at Calvary since 2014 and a deacon since early 2016. Joe is also a worship leader and plays bass for the worship team.
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 has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University and currently works for a local pharmaceutical company.
Joe lives in Bridgewater, NJ, with his wife, Rebecca, and his son. 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 has served with the deacons 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 woodworking, 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.
Caleb Dagnall has been a member of Calvary since 2016. Apart from serving as a Deacon candidate, Caleb oversees and participates in Calvary’s Technology Ministry and helps to teach in the teen ministry.
Caleb grew up in Piscataway, New Jersey. He became a true believer during his senior year in high school. As a student at Kean University, his hunger for the Word of God and a deeper relationship with the Lord allowed him to keep growing in Faith. While involved with Calvary’s Young Adults ministry, Caleb attended several bible conferences where he continued to grow in his knowledge and understanding of God, His Word, and His Church. In 2018, Caleb graduated Kean University with an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in History and a New Jersey certification in K-12 Social Studies.
Caleb and his wife, Juliana, currently live in Bridgewater. He works for the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District as an IT Technician. He also works as Technical Advisor and webmaster for Plainfield’s Queen’s TV Network live-streaming program. Outside of work, Caleb enjoys being active, playing sports, going camping, playing party games and strategy games, and being in fellowship with others.
Caleb’s passion is to see all of Christ’s body use their talents, skills, and spiritual gifts to further God’s Kingdom, to spread the Gospel, and to draw others not only to salvation, but also to a local church where they are spiritually fed by the expository preaching of God’s Word and Christian discipleship.
Joe Riccardi has been a member of Calvary Community Church since 2015. Along with serving as a Deacon Candidate, Joe also teaches in the teen ministry and serves on the worship team and security ministry.
Joe was born and raised in Piscataway, NJ. He went to Rutgers University where he studied Accounting. Joe was deceived for many years, believing he was saved, when in reality, he had never truly been reborn. It was at Calvary where his eyes were opened to the truth and God saved him. Shortly after this, Joe was baptized and became a member.
Joe and his wife, Noel, currently live in Piscataway, NJ. He works as a CPA at a small accounting firm. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, visiting family and friends, and collecting rare coins.
Joe’s great desire for the Church is to see Christians sanctified, growing in knowledge of God, and seeking enjoyment in Him forever.
After some time in the DC area, Erik returned to NJ in 2015 for a job in telecommunications and has been a member of Calvary ever since. He began serving alongside the deacons in 2019. He has a love for discipleship and a desire for the church to live together in unity.
A native of central Jersey, Erik attended George Washington in DC where he studied electrical engineering and met his wife, Naomi.
While Erik had some grasp of the gospel from a young age, God especially grew him during college where he was a member of Capitol Hill Baptist. During this time, God showed him the glory of the gospel in church discipleship and deepened his love for Christ as a forgiven sinner.
Erik lives in Montgomery with his wife and 3 children and enjoys running, music, coffee, and toying with all manner of gadgets.
Bruce grew up in the Belle Mead area of NJ and has been a member of Calvary since 2017. Bruce is currently serving as a Deacon candidate where he continues to exhibit his heart for mercy ministry.
Bruce retired from the NJ Dept. of Corrections as a Lieutenant and now lives in Somerset, NJ. He became a Christian while serving in the U.S. Army in Germany after realizing his need to believe in and trust Jesus as Savior.
He was drawn to Calvary after seeking a church with true Biblical foundations, with committed members who love the Lord, each other, and God’s Word – the Bible. His desire now is to grow in Christ and serve His people.
Dwayne has been a member at Calvary since 1995 and has served in the role of an elder between 1996-2016. His current responsibilities include aiding with the administrative needs of the church, the church’s finances, and the greeter ministry.
Dwayne spent much of his childhood in Central Jersey. Though Dwayne had thought he was saved from childhood, he really came to know Christ after college while reading through the Bible for himself. God showed Dwayne that his religion was void of a true relationship with the Lord and Savior; Dwayne, therefore, repented and believed.
Dwayne has Computer Science degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Michigan. He worked for the same company for over thirty years as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Piscataway, NJ.
Dwayne and his wife, Judy, live in Somerset, NJ, and have three adult children and three grandchildren. Dwayne enjoys the blessings of being a grandparent, eating his wife’s cooking, reading Christian literature, perusing news headlines, gardening, watching edifying videos with his wife/family, studying theology, and opening his home for hospitality.
Eager to see the gospel transform lives, Dwayne often looks for opportunities to evangelize, even if it is just handing out a tract. Dwayne also has a great love for the church and its people. His passion in the church is two-fold: 1) striving to help ensure that every visitor God brings to Calvary feels welcomed, and 2) focused on promoting biblical educational development, so that the church’s people might have their minds transformed to understand God’s will as revealed in His Word. Then, instead of being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, they will know what is true and how to live to please God in all aspects of their lives (Ephesians 4:14).
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 women’s ministry.
Sherrian was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and came to Christ in her childhood. She currently lives 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 young adults. 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.
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.