SENIOR PASTOR - HOWARD D. HOUTZ
Pastor Howard has been at Calvary Bible Church since 1989, serving in various capacities. He began as an Associate Pastor specializing in youth work and Christian Education. Later he moved into the position of Pastor of Educational Ministries, focusing solely on Christian Education. In 2002 he became the Senior Pastor. He came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in the United States Air Force while serving in Naples Italy. After his tour of duty in the U.S.A.F. he began his studies at Lancaster Bible College where he received his B.S. degree in Bible and Pastoral Studies. He then went to Grace Theological Seminary where he earned his M.Div. degree. After twelve years at Calvary Bible Church he went back to seminary to earn his D. Min. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. His wife is Mary Ruth whom he married in 1975. They have two daughters and one son. They also have six grandchildren. Growing up in the country Howard has always had a love of the outdoors. One of his favorite hobbies is hunting deer and turkey. He also enjoys playing golf and watching sports on TV, especially pro football, Penn State football, and NASCAR.
DIRECTOR OF ADULT MINISTRIES - BOB MARSH
Bob and Sherrie Marsh have been members of Calvary Bible Church since July 2005. They were high school sweethearts and have been married since 1986. They have two adult children.
Bob served 20 years in the Navy and retired in 2004. He served our community by working at the Juniata Valley YMCA for over 10 years and then for the Dan Pierce Outdoor Shop until September 2017. Sherrie works at Lewistown Hospital.
Both Bob and Sherrie have the spiritual gift of service. They enjoy serving in various ministries. Together they have enjoyed serving in the Children’s Ministry Program, including Bible Explosion, AWANA and Vacation Bible School. They also enjoy helping with the Food Box Ministry and the Helping Hands Ministry. Sherrie also helps with the check-in computer program that promotes the safety of our children. Bob also serves as an Elder, Life Group Leader and as the Director of Adult Ministries. As a couple, they enjoy boating and being outdoors. They both love the Lord and desire to serve Him and bring glory to Him in all they do.
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES - CINDY RAY
My family and I started attending Calvary Bible Church in 2007, and I joined the staff in April of 2012 as the Director of Children’s Ministries. I love being able to serve the Lord through the children and families at CBC. I also enjoy the variety and flexibility of my job, this allows me a new adventure every day and also the time I need to care for my family
I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Tim, for seventeen years. We live in Fergus0n Valley with our two daughters, Sara and Olivia. I spend most of my free time with my family and keep very busy with my girl’s activities. I recently have become a dance mom and I am active in the Home and School at both of their schools. I also enjoy reading, shopping, family walks, and experiencing new places and things with my family. When I am home alone, I am kept company by my very spoiled Yorkie, Coco.
My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
SECRETARY - PATTY AUNGST
Following high school graduation, I was employed at Standard Steel for over ten years, took four years off to stay at home with our newborn son, and then joined the office staff of Calvary Bible Church as secretary in November of 1984. I thoroughly enjoy my job, especially working and interacting with people who are part of my church family as well as meeting new people daily.
I live in Ferguson Valley and married my husband Dan in 1976. We have two sons, Ryan (married to Beth Ann Wert) and Darren, who recently graduated from Mount Aloysius College and works at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. We are blessed and kept busy with our grandson, Brandon, born in February 2010.
My interests center around taking care of our home, and I especially like working outside in the yard. In my spare time I love to read, and just say the word SHOPPING and I’m in the car ready to go! I collect Boyds Bears, like to play games, watch Hallmark movies and am currently hooked on HG-TV. I look forward to eating out and getting together with my family and friends.
My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5 & 6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
BOOKEEPER - CHARLENE ECHARD
I have served as Calvary Bible Church’s bookkeeper for the past 27 years. During this time I been blessed to serve on various boards and in different ministries of Christian Education.
I was 16 when my, (then future), husband led me to the Lord. My favorite Bible passage is Phil. 4: 4-9. We moved from Huntingdon Co. to Ferguson Valley in 1970. I have two children. Sue Ellen works in the Philadelphia area as a Music Director and teaches. Alan serves as a Pastor, he and his wife Jenn live in the Harrisburg area. I’ve been blessed with three beautiful and lively granddaughters with whom I’ve been able to share my love for nature and the ocean. I enjoy reading, birdwatching, flower gardening and traveling.
I count it a joy to have been able to serve and work with the people here at Calvary Bible Church.
KID KAMP DIRECTOR - JEANNIE MIRIELLO
I am the director of the Calvary Bible Kid Kamp and Preschool. I have been serving in these ministries for over twenty six years. It is my responsibility to have a vision of what is possible for the future. My goal is to give these children a positive outlook on life through increasing levels of learning though the beginning stages. I am responsible to provide a quality child care and preschool with a safe and nurturing environment. Our future is with today’s children as we invest values based on a biblical foundation. I am also responsible for training and overseeing twenty staff members that are employed by the Kid Kamp & preschool programs.
At the age of twelve I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and was baptized at the age of sixteen. John 3:16
My husband Ralph and I have been married for thirty-five years. The Lord has blessed us with two grown children along with our daughter-in-law, son-in-law and four grandchildren. At my leisure I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends.
“Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10)