About us


Visiting a church for the first time can be awkward and scary.

We understand and we want you to know a few things about us.


We are a church who is filled with broken people.

None of us have it all together, but we do know that God specializes in helping broken people.

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We aren’t here to judge you.

When we look in the mirror of God’s Word, we quickly realize that all of us are deeply flawed, and that we all have the same problem…Sin. This forces us to remember that our only hope is in Jesus. Our heart is to compare our own individual selves to Him and then help each other become more like Him.


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We are not here to get anything from you.

Our desire is to imitate our Savior and to give of ourselves and serve others just like He did. We will take an offering but it is called a “free will” offering. You are not obligated to give.


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Worship is not about us.

We will always focus our singing, our giving, and our worship toward the Lord Jesus. You will find songs that we can sing together with energy and passion. There will be old familiar hymns, and more modern hymns set to music that directs our attention to Christ and not man.


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Expect a practical Bible message.

Our pastor’s desire is to communicate God's Word carefully and in a way that you can understand.  The Bible has been given for our instruction about everything that matters in life and after death.

Pastor Derrick Suttles

Derrick Suttles is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.  Pastor Suttles and his family began their ministry at Calvary in July of 2019 and are excited to see what the Lord will do as they partner with this church family to serve together.


Pastor Derrick and his wife Katie met while attending Bible College at Ambassador Baptist College in North Carolina.  They were married July 23, 2004 and have been serving together in ministry ever since. The Lord blessed them with four wonderful children, Emily, Bethany, Jackson, and Bradley.  Previously, Derrick & Katie served in youth ministry for 13 years, and as an assistant pastor for 2 years in Huntsville, Alabama. The Lord has burdened them to love and reach the next generation with the Gospel.


Pastor Derrick and Katie graduated from Ambassador Baptist College in 2004.  Pastor Derrick majored in Pastoral Studies and Katie majored in Elementary Education. In 2015, Pastor Derrick earned his Masters Degree in Biblical Studies from Maranatha Baptist Seminary.


Pastor Derrick and Katie enjoy spending time together and with their kids. They enjoy watching the North Carolina Tarheels play basketball and the Alabama Crimson Tide play football.  They are their kids biggest cheerleaders and enjoy being an active part of their lives. They enjoy playing sports and going for long walks.

Pastor Tom Starr

Thomas Starr is the Youth Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Pastor Tom and his family began their ministry at Calvary in August of 2020 and are excited to see how God will work in the youth group and church. 


Pastor Tom and his wife Ashley have been married since July of 2019. They met while attending college at Maranatha University. Since their marriage in July, God has blessed them with a precious little girl named Jayde. They started serving the Lord in full time ministry in West Virginia as Youth Pastor. After serving as youth pastor for a year there, God opened a door here in Huntingdon to partner with the Church to minister to teens. Both Pastor Tom and his wife have a heart to reach teenagers. Before getting married, Pastor Tom spent four summers working as a teen counselor at Amazing Grace Baptist Camp and Northland Christian Camp. 


Pastor Tom is majoring in Bible and finishing his degree through Veritas Baptist College. Ashley is currently finishing her degree in Elementary Education with a desire to teach in the Christian School. 


Born and raised in Kansas, Pastor Tom is a devoted Kansas Jayhawk basketball fan! Ashley grew up in Idaho and was raised hunting. Both Pastor Tom and his wife share a love for the outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing, camping, or just enjoying a hike through nature. They also share a love for sports. Pastor Tom’s favorite sport is basketball and his wife loves softball. 

Mr. Don Kidd

School Principal



Donald Kidd is the principal at Calvary Christian Academy in Huntingdon, PA. He and his wife, Marian, came to help Pastor Jack Palmer start the academy in 1981. Mr. and Mrs. Kidd have been  honored and richly blessed to serve in the academy and Calvary Independent Baptist Church over the  years. 

Don and Marian met while serving in separate Christian school ministries in York County, PA.  They were married June 28, 1980, and have been involved in Christian-related ministry ever since. They  raised four sons who are now grown and three of them have children of their own. The Lord has blessed  their years of service in Christian school ministry, as many graduates have gone on to serve the Lord.  Many graduates are raising godly families and some have even had their own children graduate from  the academy! 

Mr. Kidd graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in 1977 with a Masters of Education degree,  while Marian received an elementary education degree from Bob Jones University in 1976. 

Don and Marian enjoy spending time with their sons and their families that includes six  grandchildren. They love to visit historical and scenic locations. Don enjoys sports and follows his  favorite teams in baseball and football. He also enjoys history, reading, and keeps up with current  events. Marian spends time working in the yard with her plants and flowers. They both enjoy  gardening, kayaking, riding their motorcycle, and spending time together hiking.


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