Pastors & Staff

Pastor Clem Salerno

Lead Pastor

Clemente Joseph Salerno was born in Newark, NJ.  He is a homegrown minister of Calvary Tabernacle.  He was saved and baptized when he was 23 years old.  Since 1983, Clem has served as a licensed minister with Calvary Tabernacle.  In 1999, Clem was ordained as senior pastor when Pastor Tate retired.
Pastor Clem is a graduate of the Institute of Ministry, Bradenton, FL with an Able Minister’s diploma.  He also has a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management from Nyack College.  He is a Board Certified Temperament Counselor with the National Christian Counselor’s Association of Bradenton, FL.
In 1986 Clem married Connie Torrisi. They have two children, Nicole and Anthony and one grandson, David. 

Pastor Connie Salerno


Connie is anointed with extraordinary gifts in administration and is sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Connie has been a counselor, a mentor, a children’s ministry director, women’s ministry leader, teacher, encourager, small group director, community outreach director and so much more.  Her strongest attribute is her love for people.  She possesses a deep desire to see every believer activated and functioning in their God destiny. Together Clem and Connie make up a unique ministry team and consider it an honor to serve here at Calvary Tabernacle.

Jackie Moran

Family Counseling Pastor

Jackie passionately provides our body with love, wisdom, and Godly counsel. Fully trained in Biblical counseling and with 35 years experience, she has faithfully served Calvary Tabernacle from its beginning. She is board certified with the NCCA in Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy and holds a Bachelors of Art in Christian Counseling. She also serves as a gifted disciple of prayer and altar workers and has a strong desire to see all believers baptized in the Holy Spirit and fully realize their individual God potential. She serves with her husband Joe as Home Group leaders in our House to House ministry. She has two children and three beautiful grandchildren. 

Aaron & Nicole Livecchi

Worship Ministers

Aaron and Nicole were married in March 2016.  They both have served on various worship teams in the region and currently lead the Calvary Tabernacle Worship Team.  They currently live in Cranford and have a son, David.  

Arielle Mulligan

Children's Minister

Arielle was born and raised in Hopelawn, NJ.  After high school, she joined YWAM Los Angeles where she performed inner city outreach.  She then spent three months in Ecuador working with school aged children. Arielle has spent several years working as a preschool teaching and as a nanny. She has a strong calling on her life in children’s ministry.  She is currently studying early childhood education with Liberty University.  

Patrick Coleman

Kingdom Kids Minister

Patrick is married and a doting father of three beautiful children. He has years of experience teaching and mentoring children. Patrick has a passion for truth and the Word of God. He considers it an honor and privilege to serve in the Children’s Ministry as children are precious gifts from God. He enjoys imparting the Love of God and the Word of God to children at an early age.

Dennis & Liza Arroyo

Youth Ministers

Dennis & Liza Arroyo have been married for 20 years. They have 4 beautiful children, Anthony, Elijah, Olivia & Aiden, and live in Cranford, NJ. Dennis has been in ministry for over 30 years. Dennis has a heart for teaching and motivating biblical truth to youth. Liza works in the social services field with over 20 years of experience with youth and families. Their vision for the youth ministry is that every youth has a God destiny to change the world.

Luke & Dana Mahowald

Young Adults Ministers

In 1999 Luke Mahowald moved from Minnesota to Elizabeth, NJ to start a one year leadership internship with New York City Relief (NYCR). Little did he know that this one year commitment was only the beginning of a life altering plan God set forth. It was during this season of life that Luke met Dana.  They were married October 1st, 2000. After fulfilling their respective commitments to NYCR, they moved to Minnesota as inner-city missionaries. They endeavored to help plant a homeless ministry/home church known as Blood ‘n’ Fire Minneapolis (BNF).  They began attending Calvary Worship Center (CWC) where Luke served as both the Youth Pastor and Teaching Elder.  Luke and Dana also served as young adult Pastors with CWC. Luke and Dana were also served as elders with Rhema Impact Ministries (RIM) and for a short season help to lead and Pastor the church. In July 2012 they returned to New Jersey. Luke now serves on the steering committee. Both Luke and Dana started the ministry Refuge, serving the regional young adult community. Luke is a licensed Reverend with International Ministerial Fellowship.

Pastor James Tate

Pastor Emeritus

James Tate, founding pastor of Calvary Tabernacle in Cranford, NJ, has been in ministry for over 60 years.  Having raised up many sons and daughters in the faith, it is apparent that his anointing for teaching and impartation have activated this generation and beyond.  Pastor Tate’s hunger for the move of God and the Holy Spirit has been an earmark of his powerful altar ministry and freedom for the gift of the Holy Spirit to flow.  Recognizing that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the key to witness and evangelism as well as gifts and fruits, he frequently ministers this gift to the body of Christ.  He and Arlene, his wife of over 60 years, live in Fayetteville, North Carolina.