“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. Meredith Wilkins-Arnold - Lead Pastor
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Rev. Wilkins-Arnold is an Ordained Elder in the Baltimore Washington Conference. She has been a pastor for 22 years. Her passions in ministry include preaching, community ministry, focusing on relationship building with Christ and each other. Pastor Meredith's ministry began as a church planter and she has experience as a redeveloper. She received her Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and her Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University. Pastor Meredith has four children - Timothy, Karis, Jack and Luke. Most of their free time is spent at their children's activities which is currently swim meets and cello concerts. During her Sabbath time, Pastor Meredith enjoys the beach, reading, Soul Collage, and spending time with her family and friends.
Rev. Dr. Braulio Torres - Executive Pastor
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Rev. Braulio Torres is an Ordained Elder in the Baltimore Washington Conference. Rev. Torres received his Doctorate Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. in 2019 where he earned his Masters of Divinity in 2010. He brings a wealth of experience to Calvary including developing a visitation ministry, working with a local church programs in DC for youth in gangs, he has been a ministerial advisor for young-adults, and served as volunteer for Justice For Our Neighbors. Rev. Torres received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wesley College in Dover, DE. and is married to Lucy G. Torres. They have two children, Isaac Gabriel Torres and Tabita Itzae Torres. Originally from Mexico, he came to United States in 1999. He is fluent in both English and Spanish. He has 17 years of experience in Information Technology and also 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 Discipleship
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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 and Family 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.
Joseph Gryder - Youth Director (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.
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.
Dr. Jesse Parker -Director of Music
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Jesse Parker, Director of Music, began his musical career as a cellist and a conductor during his high school years in Fairfax, Virginia. He has conducted choirs in Episcopal, Baptist, Presbyterian, as well as two United Methodist churches. Most recently he was the Director of Music at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church for 11 years. He is the Founder and Music Director of Voices 21 and the Artistic Director of Bowie’s Chesapeake Chorale. Before creating Voices 21 and joining the Chesapeake Chorale, he was the Associate Conductor of the Maryland Handel Festival, and he has served on the faculties of the University of Maryland and Sweet Briar College. He has a doctorate in music from the University of Maryland where he also assisted in the preparation of the Maryland Chorus for performances in the U.S. and Europe. He has served as the conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra at the Washington Conservatory of Music and as the Principal Conductor of the NIH Chamber Orchestra, and is the Resident Conductor of the Stochastic Chamber Ensemble.
In demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer, Jesse has lectured for the Smithsonian Associates in programs devoted to the Rat Pack and Bernstein’s West Side Story. Currently, Jesse is an instructor at Montgomery College in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department where his courses have included: Musical Mavericks and Innovators; The Art of Listening: A Fresh Look at Music You Love; West Side Story: The Making of an American Icon; Sondheim Songbook; An Elegant Sufficiency: Masterpieces from Schubert’s Final Year; The Orchestra: From the Page to the Stage; Hamilton: Who Tells Your Story?; and Bernstein at 100.
Ira Ostrowski - Praise Team Leader
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.
David Beatty - Organist
David received his BS in physics and his BM in church music from Westminster College in New Wilmington PA, where he studied organ with Raymond Ocock. While completing his PhD in nuclear physics at Rutgers University, he studied organ with, and was assistant to, David Drinkwater, University Organist/Choirmaster. During that time, he also studied improvisation with Gerre Hancock at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City. A post-doctoral appointment in nuclear physics research took him to the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, and soon thereafter he began to serve as a visiting musician at churches of the Philadelphia area.
Since 1998, Dr. Beatty has been in the defense industry. He has managed research and development and software engineering organizations, served as chief engineer for a major subcontract in one of the country's largest Department of Defense undertakings, and is currently a consulting systems engineer.
Malcolm McFadden - Audio Visual
Malcolm McFadden, Audio Engineer born in Washington DC and raised in Annapolis Maryland.
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.
Susan Giokas - Nursery
Susan, one of our treasured nursery attendants, has been serving in the nursery for over 6 years. She comes with a degree in Communication Design from Rochester Institute of Technology and with a Maryland Teaching Certification. She has been teaching PreK for 16 years and finds fulfillment in creating a fun, happy place for children to be so their parents can attend worship services. Susan is very dedicated and we see that in her personal life as well. She and her husband have two children who they have loved sharing God’s teaching with as they grew into wonderful young adults.
Church Council (Class of 2019)
Chair: Brandon Wright
Vice Chair: Matt Ballard
Lay Member to Annual Conference:
Finance Chair: Mike Roblyer
Treasurer: Paula Hansborough
Trustee Chair: Keith Wolfe
United Methodist Women President: Claudette Cozad
United Methodist Men President: Dave Myers
Endowment Chair: Walker Johnson
Nominations Chair: Meredith Wilkins-Arnold
Youth Representative: Helena Gryder
Class of 2019
Class of 2019
Mark Jones, Al Kohler
Committee on Finance class of 2019
Chair: Mike Roblyer, Vice: Jackie Nicholson Finance Secretary: Sandy Crosier
Representative from Trustees
Representative from Staff Parish Relations Ministry Team
Board of Trustees
Class of 2019 Keith Wolfe, Don Ogburn, Dave Myers
Class of 2020 Dave Schoeller, Becki Cosgrove, Bob Bold
Class of 2021 Spike Muller, Lon Slepicka, Lee Johnson
Nominations and Lay Leadership
Class of 2019 Bill Abner, Sherry Trader, Betty Hepler
Class of 2020 Jennifer Wright, Carolyn Taylor, Roberta Liddick
Class of 2021 Ken Forrester
Congregation Care: Chair: Karen Jones Vice-Chair: Sue Gaffney
Education: Chair: Cathy Love Vice: Enjoli McDaniel
Environmental: Chair: Jim Gracie VIce: Lee Johnson
Finance: Chair: Mike Roblyer, Vice: Jackie Nickelson
Missions: Chair: Kim Bowman
Hospitality: Chair: Shakeel Barkat
Peace with Justice: Chair: Chris Olsen
Vitality Team: Chair: Jim Gracie
Worship: Chair: Jay Irwin, Vice: Cathy Humphrey
Youth Council Members: Jack Arnold, Helena Gryder, Hadlee Walker