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)

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:  Katie Whittington at 412-401-7266  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:  New session begins in March, 2018. Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Farmhouse for those suffering through a divorce or separation. Watch for dates. Contact:  Susan Dwyer, 724-242-0939. www/

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: Bonnie Bender, 412-525-1403 or Don Bishop, 412-716-4841.

Hope Recovery: Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Student Center starting September 21. Hope and healing from alcohol and substance abuse. Contact: Lori Neu, 724-831-9533. Currently on break. Watch for start up dates.

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,

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

January 2018

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to:

Pat Blauth and family, in the death of her sister, Kathy MacNeil, on January 31, 2018.

Brook and Lin Swinston and family, in the death of Brook’s mother, Carol Campbell Swinston, on January 24, 2018.

The family and friends of Nancy Hohn, who went home to be with the Lord
on January 5, 2018.

Jim and April Icsman and family in the death of April's father, Paul Nevels 
on January 1, 2018.