“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. Braulio Torres - Executive Pastor
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Rev. Braulio Torres is an Ordained Elder in the Baltimore Washington Conference. He has been a pastor for 9 years and is currently pursuing his Doctorate Degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. where he received his Masters of Divinity in 2010. Rev. Torres 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, playing basketball, and going to the movies.
Director of Discipleship - Nancy Mills Ext. 203
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.
Director of Communication and Administration - Alicia Sweeney
Alicia brings her experience working with non-profit and corporate organizations to Calvary and lends her knowledge and support to Calvary’s purpose, goals and objectives. With a background in business operations and administrative management, she endeavors to serve the church and surrounding community in creating lasting connections and relationships inside and outside the church. On a personal note, she is involved with many artistic organizations such as Live Arts Maryland, Colonial Players, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre and Compass Rose Theatre, to name a few. Alicia also volunteers for SOS Labrador Retriever Rescue and is a certified Yoga instructor and Thai Yoga Therapist as well.
Director of Music - Buzz Stillinger Ext. 206
Buzz, more formally known as Arthur, received an MBA from Cornell University and had a management career with American and Northwest Airlines. He started playing the cello at the age of 6 and played with the Westchester (NY) Symphony Orchestra from age 13 to 18 while studying under a cellist in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He sang in church choirs all of his adult life, and directed the choir at the First United Methodist Church in Stamford, CT for five years and directed the choir at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake, MN for 10 years. While not pursuing music as a career, he always kept his cello, singing and directing close. After retirement, he was the principal cellist with the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra, the principal cellist with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, and the assistant principal cellist with the Anne Arundel Community College Symphony. Buzz still plays with the latter two orchestras, and frequently performs locally as a soloist and in the pit orchestras of local musical stage productions.
Buzz and his wife, Joan, have four adult children with families of their own. Buzz and Joan have been members of our church since 1998.
Organist - David Beatty
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.
Praise Team Leader - Ira Ostrowski
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.
Director of Youth Ministries - Sarah Lanzi
Sarah Lanzi, a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, has her degree in Psychology with a minor in Educational Studies. Growing up Sarah was an active member in her church’s youth group, during college she then began to volunteer as a leader in that youth group. After graduation she began working full time at a non-profit mental health agency, and then as a Child Protective Services Investigator for her local Department of Social Services. During her time there, she was very active serving at her local church. She helped lead small groups, facilitate confirmation, teach, and served on church council. Always feeling a tug for something more, she then took a year off and completed a “Year of Service” in Chicago. While there she worked at a small church, and at a gang/violence prevention agency, where she worked with youth from the Westside of Chicago. After returning home to Maryland she began serving at Severn United Methodist Church as their Director of Youth Ministries. Sarah is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity and seeking ordination in the United Methodist Church as a Deacon. Sarah has a passion for youth, outreach, social justice, and sharing an authentic faith. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, listening to music, sports and sharing stories with others.
Director of Children and Family Ministries - Julie Barkat
Julie Barkat Ext. 204
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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.
Nursery - Susan Giokas
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.
Katherine, has grown up in the ministries of Calvary. Now she joins in the Body of Christ in a new way as she serves in the nursery giving the same loving and tender care she has experienced.
Treasurer – Paula Hansborough Ext. 207
Director of Calvary Center School – Johnna Parker
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.
Church Council (Class of 2017)
Chair: Ken Forrester
Vice Chair: Joe Gryder
Lay Member to Annual Conference: Gin Rodes, Nancy Mills
Finance Chair: Brandon Wright
Treasurer: Paula Hansborough
SPRMT Chair: Lee Johnson
Trustee Chair: Jonathan Wintrode
United Methodist Women President: Barbara Jedrey
United Methodist Men President: Dave Myers
Endowment Chair: Mike Long
Nominations Chair: Meredith Wilkins-Arnold
Youth Representative: Karis Arnold
At Large: Class of 2017: Kate Johnson, Sue Gaffney, May Frances Ramsey
Class of 2018: Denise Clark, Joan Johnson, Anne May, Phil Houston, Meg Rude
Class of 2018
Marty Phillips, Lynn Sullivan, Reid Bowman
Class of 2019
Mark Jones, Dave Born, Al Kohler
Committee on Finance class of 2017
Chair: Brandon Wright, Vice Chair: Ford West
Members: Ken Forrester, Mike Long, Nelson Gardner
Representative from Trustees TBD
Representative from Staff Parish Relations Ministry Team TBD
Board of Trustees
Class of 2017
Nancy Shoemaker, Deanna Webber, Doug Sweeley
Class of 2018
Bill Taylor, Jonathan Wintrode, Susan Amos
Class of 2019
Lee Johnson, Don Ogburn, Peter Gaffney
Nominations and Lay Leadership
Class of 2017
Bill Taylor, Matthew Ballard, Lori Sweeley
Class of 2018
Noel Butler, Nelson Gardner, Melissa Gryder
Class of 2019
Bill Abner, Sherry Trader, Betty Hepler
Congregation Care: Chair: Karen Jones Vice-Chair: Sue Gaffney
Education: Chair: Sandy Crosier, Vice: Cathy Love
Environmental: Chair: Jim Gracie
Finance: Chair: Brandon Wright, Vice: Ford West
Missions: Chair: Kim Bowman
Outreach: Chair: Kim McReynolds
Stewardship: Chair: Nelson Gardner
Worship: Chair: David Conover, Vice: Dave Chipkin
Youth Council Members: Debbie Jones, Julie Barkat, Meg Rude, Karis Arnold, Rev. Meredith Wilkins-Arnold