Our Elders

Randall Morton
Staff Elder
Randall joined the staff of Calvary in June of 2010 for a second time. He served as youth minister at Calvary from 1997 to 2000. Prior to joining the staff at Calvary, Randall served with GO InterNational in Wilmore, Kentucky from 2007 to 2010. He served as pastor/teacher of Paris Mountain Community church in Greenville, South Carolina from 2000 to 2007. Randall and his wife Robin served the Lord in Lugo, Spain as missionaries for ten years from 1987 to 1997. He has had the privilege to preach and teach God’s Word in Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Columbia, Peru, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia. Randall is a graduate of a Bible Institute in Greenville, South Carolina that focuses on discipleship and missions training.

Randall and Robin have two grown children, Emily and Caleb.

"Our goal should be, in all that we do, is to send out truth and to establish biblical churches.

Worship is the end – the worship of God in Jesus Christ. To establish on this earth groups of people, the church, that truly know Him, that are growing in the grace and knowledge of who He is in order to worship and glorify Him on this earth.
David O. Trotter
Lay Elder
David has served in various pastoral and missionary roles since his salvation in 1976. He has served as a pastor in Texas and Tennessee and he and his wife Joan served as missionaries in the Philippines and Hungary. David has ministered in many countries in Asia and Europe. David is also a senior consultant with an international technology firm, and has degrees in computer science, information technology, with a PhD in Christian education.
Wayne Sheridan
Lay Elder
Wayne Sheridan is a writer/speaker who sees life as a God given trail that challenges the sincere Christian to walk in Biblical truth. He draws from his years of experience as a Christian in the military, hospital administration, small business ownership, homeless shelter ministry, service and leadership in the church, and growth as a husband and father. Wayne Sheridan writes and speaks to challenge Christians to be sincere, even radical, in walking in the power of the Holy Spirit on their trails of life in a way that is characterized with integrity, love of God and others, love of God’s Word and with wisdom, commitment and courage that the world considers unusual even radical. Wayne and his wife Alice have been at Calvary for over 25 years.
Eddie Whitson
Lay Elder
Eddie has lived in the Tri-Cities area all of his life. He has been married for 44 years to his wife, Terry and they have two grown sons and one granddaughter. He worked as a truck driver for over 35 years and took early retirement to care for his ailing mother and later Terry’s mother. Eddie came to know the Lord in 1977 and became a member of Calvary where he teaches children’s Sunday School. He is also a childrens’ leader in Bible Study Fellowship (a region wide non-denominational men’s Bible Study) and serves in the jail ministry at the Virginia Highlands Juvenile Detention Center leading Bible Study. Eddie became an Elder at Calvary in 2014 and is both humbled and privileged to serve our Body.

Why Choose Calvary?

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The purpose of Calvary is to glorify God by obediently making and equipping disciples of Christ, in Bristol and throughout the world. We believe this is accomplished as we grow in our faith and in the knowledge of His Word, and then teach others His truth so that they might live in obedience to Him. This growth in grace is a process that is accomplished in the power of the Spirit and under the authority of God’s Word.

Biblical Preaching

In a world of shifting allegiances and faulty foundations, we seek to stand firmly upon the truth of scripture. The Word of God is preached exegetically, in its entirety. The Bible is the Word of God and we are accountable to it. Everything we believe and do is instructed by the Bible. Everything we teach is rooted in the Bible, giving application to today’s world.


At Calvary, we are a community of Christ followers helping others to follow Jesus. The transformational love of Jesus provides the context of biblical community. Christianity is not a spectator sport. Authentic community is a vital part of the believer’s experience as we engage relationally with one another. We believe Christian growth is best done in the context of community. We bear one another’s burdens and develop deeper relationships. We are strengthened to go forth and be salt and light in our community and city.

The Gospel

The Gospel is the Good News about God who created His world in perfection, man who rebelled against his Creator, and how the Creator gave Himself to rescue His rebellious creatures. The Gospel is central at Calvary. Jesus Christ came from the Father into the world, lived a perfect life that mankind could not, died on the cross in the rebel’s place, was buried and was proved to be the Son of God through His resurrection.

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