“The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs” (The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2008, ¶12
The heart of local church ministry is in its lay leadership. Identifying, developing, deploying, and evaluating Christian spiritual leaders who serve from their strengths and gifts is a key to the life and vitality of the congregation. Church leadership areas including Church Council, the administrative areas of Finance and Trustees; and ministry areas focused on nurture, outreach, and witness including Worship, Evangelism, Stewardship, and Christian Education, age-level ministries, Communications, and more.
Calvary UMC is blessed to have the following, Lay Leaders, Pastors and Staff. There are many opportunities to lead and serve. Please contact us if you have a heart to join us in service.
Rev. Dr. Conrad O. Link - Pastor
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Dr. Link is an Ordained Elder in the Baltimore Washington Conference and has served as a pastor in both Maryland and West Virginia. He has served a two-point charge, as an associate under senior pastors and senior pastor at two other churches. He comes to Calvary after serving as a District Superintendent and Dean of the BWC Cabinet. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Geography from the University of Maryland plus Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical/theological concepts of family systems. Currently he is completing the first 60 hours of coach training and is a graduate of the Financial Leadership Academy of the Mid-Atlantic Foundation. His wife Cathy is a professional librarian in the Frederick County Library system. They have been married for over 40 years and have three grown sons and three grandchildren. Together, they enjoy traveling, the beach, sports, movies and reading.
“Ministry to God’s people is both my vocation and avocation.” Worship, teaching, community engagement, hands-on ministry (ASP, VIM trips, Habitat builds), and leadership development are key elements of his ministry life.
Rev. Dr. Braulio Torres - Executive Pastor
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An Ordained Elder in the Baltimore Washington Conference, Dr. Torres received his Doctorate Degree in 2019 and his Masters of Divinity in 2010 from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. His Doctorate Dissertation addresses the question of how can we intentionally move from doing ministry for people, to doing ministry with people. In his dissertation he presents a model which he developed as an analytical process and a way to help local churches focus their efforts on doing ministry with people. This model considers the activities of the local church using three components: biblical foundation, contextual focus, and practical application. This model can be applied to any ministry endeavor.
Dr. Torres brings a wealth of experience including developing visitation ministries, working with local church programs in DC with youth in gangs, he has been a ministerial advisor for young-adults, and served as volunteer with Justice For Our Neighbors.
Dr. Torres is originally from Mexico, he is fluent in both English and Spanish and came to United States in 1999. He is married to Lucy G. Torres, they have two children, Isaac Gabriel Torres and Tabita Itzae Torres. He has 17 years of experience in Information Technology and holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Hapkido Martial Arts. He likes to spend time with his family, going to parks and restaurants, and going to the movies.
Nancy Mills - Director of Christian Education
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Nancy is certified in Christian Education and Spiritual Formation from Wesley Seminary’s Lay Leadership Academy. She brings with her 15 years of experience in leading classes on Spiritual Formation, women’s bible studies, children and family programs. Her passion is building relationships and learning the stories of the people in the congregation. She is currently enrolled in a Life Coach certification program that specializes in coaching widows and widowers. She lives in Odenton with her husband Gary-who plays the bells in Calvary’s Bell Choir. She and Gary have three grown sons with families of their own. In her spare time Nancy is a supporter of the Redskins, the Capitals and University of Maryland sports.
Julie Barkat - Director of Children's Ministries
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Julie Barkat is an experienced High School English teacher and coach. Prior to working with Calvary she was an Academic Advisor at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Director of Student Activities and Liberal Arts teacher at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Julie holds a BA and an MA in English Literature and is a certified high school English teacher. She has been an active member of Calvary for 16 years where she teaches Sunday School, serves on the Education Committee, was the Leader of the Children's Ministry Team and Church Council. Julie loves spending time with her husband, Shakeel, and two daughters, Sofia and Asha, and dog, Ruba. Tennis is one of her favorite hobbies. She is very involved with her community athletic association and enjoys coaching Field Hockey and Lacrosse.
Karen Schnell - Church Administrator
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Karen Schnell joined Calvary UMC in June 2019 as Church Administrator. She previously served as Executive Assistant to the Board of Selectmen for the town of Mansfield, MA. She also served Mansfield as a Community Development Coordinator and Program Director for the Department of Public Health. She holds a degree in health care administration from Stonehill College. Karen is active in homeopathic health promotions and education, particular Alzheimer's disease research and support. During her free time, Karen values spending time with her husband Scott, dog Abby & cat Eli. They all travel together and particularly enjoy outdoor activities including walking, biking and being near the beach. She also enjoys gardening and worship music.
Johnna Parker -Director of Calvary Center School
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Johnna Parker has been a member of Calvary United Methodist Church since 1995 and a staff member of Calvary Center School since 2004. Prior to moving to Anne Arundel County, she was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran church in Baltimore County. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business/marketing from Towson University and acquired her real estate license, working in property management for several years. However, her desire to become a teacher led her to earn a Master’s of Education degree from Loyola University in Baltimore. Johnna joined Calvary Center School’s staff as a kindergarten teacher then later worked as a preschool teacher. In 2014, merging her business administration, teaching and church volunteer experiences, she became director of Calvary Center School. Johnna is humbled and grateful to be part of Calvary Center School’s dedicated staff and especially enjoys getting to know Calvary Center School families. During her free time, Johnna values spending time with her family particularly pursing outdoor activities including hiking, biking, camping and snow skiing. She also enjoys gardening and yoga.
Ryan Ferguson -Director of Traditional Music
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Ryan Ferguson has been steeped in music, especially church music, all his life. He was born in Fort Gaines, Georgia, and at 8 years old, began taking piano lessons from his church's pianist. He attended Shorter College in northwest Georgia on scholarship, where he studied piano and conducting. After earning an undergraduate degree in Music Education, he earned a Master's in Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ryan has worked in music ministry roles for more than 15 years. He has served at a wide variety of congregations, from Methodist to Catholic and Baptist to Presbyterian, and from small country churches to larger city worship settings. He has lived in Maryland since 2012, and from 2015-2019 served as Director of Music for Saint James UMC in Marriottsville. He is grounded in the canon of Western classical music and is delighted with Calvary's strong legacy in the classical tradition. He is also well-versed in such other genres as gospel, praise, folk, and musical theater, and believes that there are many ways to connect with the spirit of God through music.
In addition to his church work, Ryan regularly serves as a pianist and guest conductor for orchestral, choral, and wind ensembles in the DMV area. As an advocate for music education, Ryan is presently on faculty as Director of Performing Arts at The Summit School in Edgewater, MD, and when not on the podium, he can be found cooking, reading biographies, listening to Lore, or road-tripping with his wife, educator and mezzo-soprano, Alejandra.
Ira Ostrowski - Director of Praise Team
Originally from Ballston Spa, New York, Musician First Class Ira Ostrowski comes from a musical family. MU1 Ostrowski began his military career in 1997 as a trombonist and vocalist in the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, located at Travis Air Force Base, California. While assigned there, he performed with the Concert Band, Brass Quintet, and the Commander's Jazz Ensemble. After a short time, he was assigned as the vocalist for the concert band and the Commander's Jazz Ensemble, as well as the lead vocalist and musical director of their popular music group, "Galaxy".
In 2002, MU1 Ostrowski was selected for duty with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, where he is the featured vocalist with the concert band, Next Wave Jazz Ensemble, and the Navy's premier contemporary music ensemble, Electric Brigade. In addition to being the lead vocalist, he also plays electric bass in Electric Brigade. In the marching and ceremonial units, MU1 Ostrowski plays trombone. His collateral duties are Leading Petty Officer and musical director of Electric Brigade, and Travel Assistant. MU1 Ostrowski has been awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Navy Expert Rifleman Medal. Ira also plays trombone, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and keyboard. He began working with the Calvary Praise Team in September 2006.
We currently have guest organists standing in as we look for a new permanent organist.
Ashley Proctor - Custodian
Ashley comes to us with many years of facilities maintenance experience including working with Marriott Hotels, Apartment building maintenance and a Child Care Development Center. She received her training at Potomac Job Corps in Washington D.C. Originally, from Cheverly Maryland, in her free time she enjoys movies, music and sleeping.
Joseph Gryder - Director of Youth Ministries (Interim)
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Joseph Gryder joins us as the interim Director of Youth Ministry after 8 years of volunteering in multiple congregational leadership and children's education positions here at Calvary with his family. He has a foundation in diverse types and levels of management, as well as 15 years experience mentoring Midshipmen and teaching at the university level.
Malcolm McFadden - Audio Visual
Malcolm McFadden, Audio Engineer born in Washington DC and raised in Annapolis Maryland.
Church Council (Class of 2020)
Chair: Brandon Wright
Vice Chair: Matt Ballard
Lay Member to Annual Conference: Nancy Mills & Mike Long
Alternate Delegates to Annual Conference: Roberta Liddick & Debbie Alden
Lead Pastor: Dr. Conrad Link
Executive Pastor: Dr. Braulio Torres
Finance Secretary: Sandy Crosier
Treasurer: Paula Hansborough
Recording Secretary: Cathy West
United Methodist Women President: Claudette Cozad
United Methodist Men President: Dave Myers
Youth Representative: TBD
At Large Members: Debbie Alden, Susan Mabe, Carol McCunn
Chair of Ministry Teams
Staff/Parish Relations: Mark Jones
Finance: Mike Roblyer
Missions: Kim Bowman
Education: Cathy Love
Hospitality: Shakeel Barkat
Congregational Care: Sue Gaffney
Worship: Jay Irwin
Nominations & Leadership Development: Pastor Link
Vice Chair: Roberta Liddick
Board of Trustees
Class of 2020 Dave Schoeller, Becki Cosgrove, Bob Bold
Class of 2021 Spike Mueller, Lon Slepicka, Lee Johnson
Class of 2022 Cyndy Adams, Beth Hutcheson, TBD
Nominations and Lay Leadership
Class of 2020 Jennifer Wright, Carolyn Taylor, Roberta Liddick
Class of 2021 Ken Forrester, Steve Frantzich, Bill Lovelace
Class of 2022 Cathy West, Nancy Mills, Denny Love
Altar Guild: Kim Bowman
Congregation Care: Chair: Sue Gaffney
Education: Chair: Cathy Love
Finance: Chair: Mike Roblyer
Missions: Chair: Kim Bowman
Hospitality: Chair: Shakeel Barkat
Good Samaritans: Chair: Lynn McReynolds
Prayer Chain: Pastor Link & Pastor Braulio
Worship: Chair: Jay Irwin, Vice: Cathy Humphrey