Pastoral Life

Pastoral Life at Christ Church encompasses a number of exceptional ministries, each led and facilitated by lay volunteer servant leaders. These ministries, along with a brief description and leader contact information, are provided on the sidebar to the right and below.

Counseling is a natural, core ministry at Christ Church at Grove Farm. Our intent is to offer a safe, non-threatening place for individuals and couples to come and share their story, while providing care and wise counsel, in a non-judgmental, grace-filled context. We seek to counsel in a manner which assists our counselees to embrace a deeper understanding of God’s perspective upon their life through the lens of Scripture and apply Biblical truth to their day-to-day lives. God’s Word is relevant to our struggles …

Another priority of our Pastoral Life Department is Pastoral Visitation. When we are made aware of forthcoming surgeries, hospitalizations, or those who may be homebound, we seek to provide timely, empathetic, Christ-like care to each individual. In addition, we seek to provide pastoral support via follow-up contact with those recovering from surgeries, illnesses and loss.

We also assist loved ones with respect to funeral or memorial service planning. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Pastoral Life Coordinators:  Pastor Barry Mariana, Debbie Huffmyer, or Pat Blauth, should you have a forthcoming surgery, pastoral need, concern or to schedule a counseling appointment with us.

Pat has undertaken specialized training to provide information pertaining to various means of support which are available regarding the health and well-being of our parishioners. If needed, we will seek to offer a bridge of care between you, your doctor, your family and our faith community here at Christ Church. We are here to assist you in any way we can.

Be assured that confidentiality is strictly upheld with respect to our Pastoral Life ministry here at Christ Church at Grove Farm.

Care & Counseling

Pastor Barry Mariana
Pastoral Life Pastor
412-741-4900 ext. 115

Debbie Huffmyer
Pastoral Life Coordinator
412-741-4900 ext. 143

Patricia Blauth
Pastoral Life Coordinator
412-741-4900 ext. 162

Care & Support Ministries

(In alphabetical order)

Advocates for Life:  Advocates For Life is a ministry which seeks to rescue babies through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those serving go directly to places where we know voiceless babies’ lives are being imminently threatened. This mission on behalf of the unborn is accomplished by standing on the sidewalks outside of abortion clinics and lovingly confronting mothers, fathers, employees and other individuals who are complicit with respect to abortions.For more information regarding our Advocates for Life Ministry, please contact Caleb Falbo at 412-378-3479 or . Caleb will be happy to answer your questions and inform you regarding Advocates for Life prerequisites, expectations and training.

CaringMeals Ministry:  Provides meals to Christ Church members following surgery, illness, or the birth of a child. We are always in need of people willing to cook a meal. Contact:  Pat Blauth, 412-741-4900, ext. 162 or

Counseling:  Christ Church staff are available to counsel and assist members at various important stages in their lives including pre-marital counseling, baptism preparation, marriage counseling, and the grieving process. Christ Church Staff Counselors:  Rev. Dr. Jared Ott, Rev. Barry Mariana, Rev. Jamie Kendrew. To set up a counseling session with any of the pastors, contact:  Rev. Barry Mariana, 412-741-4900, ext. 115.

DivorceCare:  Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Farmhouse for those suffering through a divorce or separation. Contact:  Susan Dwyer, 724-242-0939. www/
New session starts March 4, 2019.

Griefshare:  Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Farmhouse for those grieving a loss in their life. Currently in session. Come at any time! Contact: Susan Harke, 412-951-9927.

Pastoral Visitation:  Hospital and home visits and additional support for church members and their families. We are here to help in your time of need. Contact:  Rev. Barry Mariana, 412-741-4900, ext. 115.

Knit Wits:  A fellowship for knitters and compassionate care through prayer shawl gifts. We knit prayer shawls and blankets to be given to those ill, hospitalized and new mothers. "Knitting Sittings" every Tuesday. 12-2 pm in the Farmhouse Great Room. Yarn provided. Contact:  Terri Bodnar, 724-612-7108,

Prayer Team:  Teams of two are stationed at the prayer rails following Sunday services to pray for anyone in need. Sanctuary Contact:  Ron Shay, 412-264-1488. Wilson Hall Contact: Louise Pickett,

Serving Our Sentinels:  Assists veterans & their families who have fallen through the cracks or just fallen on hard times. Meetings are the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Cry Room at Christ Church and always welcome new members. Please join us anytime! Contact: Doug & Bea Miller,
Care Packages for Soldiers, CLICK HERE.

Women’s Cancer Connection: A support group for women who are cancer survivors, presently undergoing treatment or recently diagnosed. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 -8:30 pm, in Fellowship Hall. Contact Bernice Masters: 412-443-8451.

Recent Deaths

December 2018

Elsie Mallah, Jane (Jim) Maruca's mother on December 2, 2018.

November 2018

Joan Vaner Weide, Rae Ann Kluitenberg's (Ed) mother, on November 29, 2018.

John Ovenshine, Gordon (Kris) Ovenshine's brother, on November 28, 2018.

Jim Guentner, Ron (Kelly) Kaufman's father, on November 22, 2018

October 2018

Clifford Gass, Glenny Carr's brother, on October 22, 2018

Gary Aheimer, son of Ron and Joanne Aheimer, nephew of June Hand, on October 19, 2018

Michael Van Voorhis’ (Susan) mother, Sandra, on October 12, 2018.

Mary Jane Long, wife of Jime Long and mother of Kim Crowley, on October 8, 2018.

September 2018

Daniel Friedman, son and stepson of Nick and Dianne Matko, on September 27, 2018.

Ken Potter’s (Gwen) mother, Annette, on September 27, 2018.

Martha Jane Markle, sister of Bea Miller and Dorothy Salvaggio, on September 10, 2018

August 2018

Carmela DeNardo, Joe DeNardo's mother, on August 31, 2018

Richard Hosek, Darlene Bretsnyder's father, on August 28, 2018

Nancy Rhea Bettis, Nanette Curtis' mother, on August 27, 2018

Donna Lee Cook, on August 10, 2018