Staff

Children’s Coordinator
Organist-Choirmaster
Parish Administrator

Sadie Bennett

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Sadie was raised in the Episcopal church from baptism through confirmation. However, she credits her first real spiritual formation to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Sadie completed Level I training at St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan in 2012-2013 and built a Level I atrium from scratch at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Teaneck. She attended Level II training at St. Margaret’s of Scotland in Long Island in 2014-2015. And she was blessed to complete Level III in February 2019 at St. Jerome’s in Largo, Florida with scholar, Ann Garrido. The Reverend Valerie Bailey Fischer introduced Sadie this incredible ministry and Sadie has worked with her to establish atria at House of Prayer in Newark and at General Seminary in New York. Sadie has had the honor of watching Calvary’s children grow in their relationship with Jesus in the Level II atrium since 2014 and is looking forward to ensuring that the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd continues to thrive and grow at Calvary. When Sadie is not in the atrium, she’s in the courtroom. Sadie holds three graduate degrees: a masters in African American Studies, a masters in Social Work and a Juris Doctorate. In the perfect combination of all these interests, Sadie is a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey and represents the Division of Child Protection and Permanency in child abuse and neglect cases. Her catchment area is Newark Center City. Sadie has a wonderfully supportive husband, Rob, who works overnights as a baker – which is why he seldom makes it to church with her on Sunday mornings – and two energetic kiddos: Drew, age 8, and Violet, age 3.

Evan Cogswell

Evan is a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he studied organ with Chris Young. Prior to attending IU, Evan received his Master’s of Music from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. During his four years in Indiana, Evan was the organist and then interim music director for Speedway Christian Church in Indianapolis. Evan also worked as the associate organ instructor at IU for his first two years there. Prior to attending Yale, Evan graduated summa cum laude from the Hartt School in the spring of 2014 with a dual degree in composition and organ performance.

Matt Potter

A native of England, Matt was a writer and editor in the newspaper industry for more than a decade before switching to church work and joining the staff at Calvary Church in 2012. As administrator, his varied responsibilities include the production of all service bulletins, the weekly e-blast and the monthly newsletter; management of building rentals; and administering this website. Matt lives in Mendham with wife Kathy, son Alex, and dog Betsy.

Shkelqim Petrela

Originally from Albania, Shkelqim (Cimi) has been with Calvary for more than 25 years. His responsibilities include taking care of the church’s campus, overseeing repairs and setting up for Calvary’s many meetings and events. Cimi and his wife, Mira, live on Calvary’s campus and have two grown sons.