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, 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).
Khaleef has been a member at Calvary since 2011 and was asked to join the elders in 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.
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 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!
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 data scientist in the NY area.
Greg lives in Kendall Park, 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.
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 leads the Teen 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 has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University and currently works for a local pharmaceutical company.
Joe lives in Scotch Plains, 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 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 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.
Brian Neves has been a member at Calvary Community Church since 2017. Along with serving as a Deacon Candidate, Brian also serves in Sunday School and as a Greeter.
Brian has lived his entire life in South River, NJ. He went to NJIT where he studied Construction Engineering while working in various construction-related positions. As Brian was going about his life fulfilling the desires of his flesh, Christ chose to free him from the bondage of sin he never knew he was enslaved to. He began attending Calvary in 2014. After he met his wife, they became active church members in 2017.
Brian and his wife, Michelle, currently live in South River, NJ. He works in Inside Sales at a local architectural precast firm and alongside his wife as a Realtor. In his spare time, he enjoys working on projects, fishing, and cooking for those around him.
Brian’s great desire is to see the Church body working for Christ in complete unity.
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 son 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.
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.
Dwayne has been a member at Calvary since 1995, and has served in the role of an elder since 1996. His current responsibilities include overseeing the overall administrative needs of the church, the church’s finances, the home groups, and the young adult ministries.
Dwayne spent much of his childhood in Hamilton, NJ. 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 has been working for over thirty years as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Piscataway, NJ.
Dwayne and his wife, Judy, live on the border of Somerset and North Brunswick, NJ, and have three adult children: Joshua, Melinda, and Christa Rose. Dwayne enjoys reading Christian books, reading articles on blogs and news sites, watching edifying videos with his family, studying theology, and opening his home for hospitality.
Eager to see the gospel transform lives, Dwayne engages regularly in both public and private evangelism. Dwayne also has a great love for the church and its people. His passion in the church is mainly focused on promoting 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 ladies’ 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 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.
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.