Our Staff

Pastor Tamie J. Scalise
Born in upstate New York and raised in Lancaster County, Pastor Tamie resides in the Reading area with her partner, Frank, and two amazing children, Sam and Juliana. With a Master’s degree in elementary education, she worked in public schools before resigning to pursue her Master of Divinity at Lancaster Theological Seminary. With the spirit of a humble servant and disciple, I long to foster my love for Jesus and, in response, mirror God’s compassion, mercy, and love unto the world. At the heart of my ministry is faith that God is love (l John 4:8).
Currently, Pastor Tamie is a provisional elder in the United Methodist Church and pursuing ordination. It was out of Calvary UMC of Mohnton that she was called into ministry as an ordained elder and served one year as the Director of Youth Ministries. Her first appointment was as an associate pastor serving the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) where her primary role was to foster an intergenerational community in educational and worship experiences.
Pastor Tamie was appointed and welcomed back to her home church, Calvary UMC, as the Senior Pastor on July 1st, 2019.

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.
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.

Richard A. Weitzel, Director of Christian Education
Richie and his wife Jenn have three beautiful daughters, Cynthianna, Alethea & Ariella, 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!