About Us

Calvary Presbyterian Church was established in July of 1874.  Learn all about us on our History by clicking here. You can also learn about our labyrinth here.

Meet Our Dedicated Paid Staff

Pastor Joel Buckwalter received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, and his Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena California. He has been the pastor of Covanent since 2002 and our new Pastor at Calvary starting March 2019. He is married to Cathy with two children Lauren and Danny. Currently he is Treasurer of the Tri-Boro Clergy Association and on the West Jersey Presbytery Council. He has served churches in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ordained in the PC(USA) in 1997, he was born and raised near Coatesville PA.

Nedra Cawley is our Administrative Assistant and Financial Secretary. She has lived in Riverton since 1984, and has worked at Calvary since 2011. Prior to coming to Calvary, she spent time in various industries, including insurance, personnel, warranty administration, and real estate sales, and she tells us that working at Calvary is the most rewarding. Nedra is married to Steve, lives within walking distance of her married daughter, loves gardening, playing games, her four cats, and of course, companion parrot, Moses.

Dr. Diana Dohrmann, Music Director. Dr. Dohrmann is a former District Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts in the Willingboro Public Schools.  She also served as District Director of Theatre Arts, high school music department chair and director of the “Showstoppers”, their musical theatre troupe. She authored “Teaching Communications Thru Theatre Arts”, distributed statewide via a Governor’s Grant program for inclusion in the N.J. public school curriculum. Diana founded and managed the New Jersey Honors Jazz Choir.  She directed the Mid-Atlantic Grammy Jazz Choir, sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Foundation.  In 2004, she was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award in Jazz Education” by the NJ International Assoc. for Jazz Education. Diana is on the Executive Council of her alma mater, The Boston Conservatory, and was a trustee for ten years. She was the recipient of the Conservatory’s first annual Outstanding  Alumni Achievement Award. As a concert-jazz pianist, Diana has performed worldwide with cruise ship lines including Cunard and Holland America.  Diana is currently on the music faculty at Rowan College of Burlington County, and is music director for both the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Riverton and the Burlington Entertainers.

Emily Talavera-Kreifels, Social Media Manager. Emily has been a member of Calvary since her family moved to Riverton in 1997. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree after studying American History and Business Communications. Outside of working for our church, she also teaches sports and development classes to children under 6. She also has an extensive background working with children with special needs and has a passion for nonprofits, fundraising, and our Calvary’s Youth Group. She lives in Maple Shade with her husband, Bobby, two children: Jackson and Eloise, their dogs Synyster, Lima, Carl, and their turtle, Myrtle.

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