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Our Staff

Janet Dearstyne, Administrator
Janet Dearstyne is the wife of Ken Dearstyne, Jr. and an active member of Calvary UMC for over 30 years. She has been involved in leadership and as a participant in many ministries, including: Trustees, Church Council, Calvary Before/After School Care, Nomination & Leadership, Bell Choir, Good Shepherd Mission team member, Sunday school teacher, Missions Chairperson, and Lay Worship Leader.
Janet graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 1982 with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to working at Calvary UMC, she was a Branch Manager and Banking Officer with Meridian Bank (f/k/a American Bank) for 10 years. In 1992, Janet accepted the position of Church Secretary (now Administrator). Over the years, her roles/responsibilities have varied according to the needs of the congregation.
Janet has two grown, married children, Andrea and Aaron, as well as one grandson, Blake (4).
Janet’s life verse is Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

EBERSOLE1 Linda Ebersole, Organist & Choir Director
I am married to Charles Ebersole. We are the parents of six children: Judy, Rachael, Carmen, Seth, Candace, and Isaiah. We are members of Fleetwood Bible Church, where we are active as facilitators of a parenting group. For many years, we served together in the music ministry of Grace Bible Fellowship Church.
I grew up in Berks County, and I am delighted to serve the Lord in our “Jerusalem”. My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
I am employed as a staff accompanist for Berks Youth Chorus. Additionally, I am the Co-Director of the Blue Mountain Heritage Chorus of Hamburg, and teach piano lessons.
God has provided the funds for me to study at Andersonville Theological Seminary, where I am pursuing a degree in Biblical Languages. In my free time, I enjoy flower gardening, walking, listening to sermons, genealogy, and playing with my grandchildren.

bobwagnerBob Wagner, C.L.M., Pastoral Assistant

Bob Wagner and his wife Darla joined Calvary United Methodist Church over 20 years ago. Shortly after their arrival, Bob became very active in the music ministry at Calvary. He is a member of the Senior Choir, has been a part of the Rock Solid praise and worship team from their inception, and currently directs the Calvary Harmony Ringers (Bell Choir) and Christmas Brass Ensemble.
Bob completed Stephen Ministry training in 2000 and has participated as a Caregiver to a number of men (both members and non-members) within Calvary’s community of faith. In 2001, he completed his Christ Servant Ministry training and attends the Laity Academy as a part of his continuing Christian education. Additionally, Bob graduated from the United Methodist Certified Lay Minister Program in June 2015 and was commissioned by Bishop Johnson as a Certified Lay Minister.  He has been assigned to his home congregation, currently serving Calvary as the Pastoral Assistant . Bob is also active in the local “Walk to Emmaus” program, and participates as a student and periodic teacher within Calvary’s Adult Christian Education program.

Pastor ScottRev. Scott A. Widmer, Senior Pastor
I have served as a United Methodist pastor in the Eastern PA Conference for the 35 years, with Marshallton, Harmony, Tobyhanna, Elysburg, Honey Brook, and now Calvary Mohnton among the congregations I have been blessed to shepherd.
I love the outdoors. Always have. I most naturally and consistently experience God’s presence when I’m outside. The central purpose and trajectory of my life is to express my encounters with the Divine in as many creative ways as I can, then share them in the hope that I will inspire others to move beyond hearing about God, to experiencing God for themselves.
Many of God’s blessings come through home and family. I enjoy shaping our property, seeing and smelling the flowers, providing natural food and homes for wildlife, watching my precious trees thrive, and hoping I live long enough to see some of the oaks grow long in limb and fat in trunk.
Linda and I have been blessed with three boys, Brian, Scott, and Eric, who are now in their 20s, 30s, and the oldest in his 40s ~ all less than an hour from our home. We have three grandsons, Joey, Zach, & Ethan, and one granddaughter, Maddie. Joey and Zach just graduated from high school.

Jennifer Weitzel, Director of Student Ministries
Jennifer  is fulfilling the legacy of her youth pastor. She comes to us with years of experience in leadership roles both inside and outside of the Church. With a B.A. in Organizational Leadership, Jennifer guides our student programs with purpose, love and instruction. She is married to her best friend, Richie Weitzel, and they have two beautiful daughters – Cynthianna and Alethea. When her family isn’t jumping on the trampoline or reading books together, Jennifer enjoys traveling and cross-stitching. She can be reached at youthpastor.calvmohn@gmail.com.

Richard A. Weitzel, Director of Christian Education
Richie and his wife Jenn have two beautiful daughters, Cynthianna and Alethea, and their dog, Riley. They reside in Akron in his grandmother’s home, where caring for her is also part of their family fabric.
Both Jenn and Richie graduated from Eastern University in 2010 – Jenn’s B.A. in Organizational Leadership, and Richie’s B.A. in Philosophy and Theology w/ minor in European History. Richie was motivated from his rich immersion in a diverse Christian Liberal Arts environment to pursue an M.A. in Ecumenical Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. From here, Richie pursues Ph.D independent studies in the Theory of Religion and Inter-religious Dialogue.
Through the position of Director of Christian Education, Richie hopes to put “hands and feet” to his studies by overseeing the spiritual enrichment of the Calvary congregation, and looks forward to his whole family serving together. He particularly values the potential for meaningful exchange between the generations in the Church, and more broadly, between the Church and society. The door is always open to new ideas and initiatives promoting flourishing and building community!