Pastors & Staff

Kevin & Tara Kabel

Lead Pastor

Lead Pastor Kabel of Calvary Heights Baptist Church
Having moved from Rochester to the Buffalo area as a young child, I had the privilege of growing up at Calvary Heights.  Midway through high school, I felt the call of God to give my life to Him as a full-time minister.  Upon graduating from high school, I earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration at a local college while completing a three-year correspondence program with a Bible Institute in Ohio.  The majority of my ministry training however, has come through a rare mentorship opportunity with my Pastor, Rev. Dale Nuijens.  This dear man of God invested much time and priceless wisdom in me, for which I am eternally grateful.  During that time, I married the love of my life, Tara and we were blessed with three beloved children, MaKayla, Brian & Breanna.  
I have been on staff since April 2007 and have been serving as Lead Pastor since January 2015. It is my earnest desire that God works mightily in Calvary Heights, resulting in a church that is characterized by humility, unity and charity.  I pray that God uses our church to reach our community and beyond with the soul-saving gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am tasked with the grand responsibility to "feed the flock of God" (Acts 20:28) and to "take care of the church of God" (1 Timothy 3:5).  My leadership is guided by the belief that a Biblical ministry should possess Christian authenticity in both "pulpit and pew" (in that order).  I am excited to see what God does in and through Calvary Heights, a congregation that I dearly love! 

Phil & Alisha Czekalski

Associate Pastor

Associate Pastor Czekalski of Calvary Heights Baptist Church
I was born and raised in Buffalo.  Shortly after I was born, my parents began to attend Calvary Heights and still attend as members today.  I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour during my Junior Church class.  During the remainder of my childhood I was actively involved in the youth ministries of Calvary Heights as my parents presented to me every opportunity that was available.  By the grace and blessings of God I was exposed to a very rich and life-changing experience under the love and training of my parents and teachers of Calvary Heights.  In 2004, I married my beautiful wife, Alisha, and have since been blessed with three precious daughters, Bella, Adalyn and Lacey.
At the age of 16, I answered the personal call of God to serve within the ministry of the church and to preach the word of God (II Timothy 4:1-5).  Upon graduating from high school I attended Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, Florida, where I earned my Bachelor of Divinity.  In 2002 I accepted the opportunity to serve as Youth Pastor at another local church, where I served in this capacity until 2008.  The Lord then directed my family to return to Calvary Heights where we joined in membership under the leadership of Pastor Dale Nuijens.  Over the next several years I had the privilege of serving in several ministries within the church.  I was ordained into full time ministry in January 2015 and began serving as Associate Pastor in February 2015.
I am humbled to be able to serve my Lord Jesus Christ and the people of Calvary Heights, whom I love and cherish.  It is my sincere desire to effectively lead the saints of Calvary Heights in partnership with Lead Pastor Kevin Kabel.  My vision is to further a work that has already been established with sincere and authentic Christian-living and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  I am excited to not just lead, but to serve with my brothers and sisters in Christ in order to help this church reach the potential that God has presented us for the cause of Christ.

Debbie Becker

Financial Secretary

Staff Member at Calvary Heights Baptist Church
A WNY native and graduate of Lancaster Senior High School,  I grew up in a religious home with troubles. It was many years later while working in Rochester that our great God in his lovingkindness gave sight to my spiritually blinded eyes and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. My husband and adult son are also born again and members at CHBC. Since that day, I have been blessed to be in solid Bible-believing, fundamental churches and have been a member of Calvary Heights since 2006. My heart is for children's ministry and have been involved with various food ministries over the years. I just love to serve wherever needed! It truly is a blessing to serve God and His people as the Financial Secretary at CHBC. Just another example of God's lovingkindness!

Emily Mangiafesto

Communications Director

Staff Member at Calvary Heights Baptist Church
Having been born and raised in Elma, I have attended Calvary Heights Baptist Church for the majority of my life. My husband and I moved to Lockport shortly after getting married. We struggled to find a new church to call home. We felt God calling us back to CHBC despite the lengthy drive. After 5 years we were convinced God wanted us to move back south so we were able to be more readily available to serve at CHBC. We now live in West Seneca with our three children, Nico, Gianna and Luca. I actively serve in the music ministry, as well as the nursery ministry. I have also helped in the 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday School class. My husband leads the Audio/Visual Ministry. We are thankful for all the opportunities to serve at a church we feel God is truly the center of. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Communications Director at CHBC!