CHESNUTT, Rev. Dr. John Calvin
Rev. Dr. John Calvin Chesnutt died at the age of 93 with contributing cause of Covid-19 on January 2, 2021. He was born in Thomasville, Georgia, on December 11, 1927, the son of Dr. Thomas Henry Chesnutt and Chrissy Wright Boney Chesnutt.
Calvin graduated from Moultrie High School in 1944 and received his B.A. in 1948 from Presbyterian College. He received his B.D. and Th.M. degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry in 1975 from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL.
Calvin served as a pastor from 19511973. His first pastorate was at Camden Presbyterian Church in Camden, Alabama, and he was the organizing pastor who started the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Montgomery. His support of the civil rights movement and insistence on having an "open church" during the racially turbulent '60s resulted in the good troubling of the waters. Calvin also served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville, SC. The adeptness with which he combined his theological understanding, rigorous analysis, and humor is apparent in his sermons which are housed in the State of Alabama Archives in Montgomery.
From 19741993, Calvin served in the role of a pastor to the pastors as a Regional Communicator, Interim Pastor and Executive Presbyter. He was at the forefront of developing programs that supported the mental health and wellbeing of pastors. Throughout his career, he also taught religion at colleges in Alabama and South Carolina as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Columbia Theological Seminary.
After his retirement in 1993, Calvin was a founding member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, AL, and moved to Montreat, NC, in 1996. There he was a volunteer to the village of Montreat, a devoted member of the Montreat Presbyterian Church PCUSA and a delighted member of the Frist clan. Among his interests were reading, studying the Hebrew Bible, traveling, gardening, hunting, and caring for his neighbors.
Calvin was married to Carolyn Crawford from 19551981 and was married to Charlotte Frist Faucette from 1989 until her death in 2017.
Calvin is survived by his four children, John Chesnutt (Julie) of Atlanta, GA, Tom Chesnutt (Paula Fitzgerald) of Cardiff, CA, Maggie Chesnutt (Bill Goolsby) of Atlanta, GA, and Carol Chesnutt (Paul Winer) of Fairfield, IA; three adult stepchildren: Bobby Faucette (Mary), Janie Faucette Moore (Randy) and Tommy Faucette (Mindi); seven Chesnutt grandchildren: Dara, Taylor, Jefferson, and Henry Chesnutt, Jonathan Breeling, and Parker and Chase Winer; four Faucette grandchildren: Avery, Phoebe, Ramsey, and Ryan Faucette; and his in-laws Tommy and Clare Frist, Johnny and Jillian Frist, and Jane Frist. Calvin will be remembered most for his humility, ability to connect with all people, and practice of unconditional love as demonstrated by Jesus Christ. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726.