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 or  Debbie Huffmyer, should you have a forthcoming surgery, pastoral need, concern or to schedule a counseling appointment with us.

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

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. To sign up for a time slot or to sign up to pray:  Advocates for Life Sidewalk and Prayer Sign up Sheet

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:  Kathie Mariana, 412-200-0317 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. 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. Next session starts September 9, 2019.
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. Next session starts September 5, 2019. 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.
9:00 am Service Contact:  Ron Shay, 412-264-1488.
11:15 am Service 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,

Bring donations to the table in the Commons Nov. 24. Come help us pack the boxes on Sunday, December 1 anytime from 11:30 am - 2:20 pm in Fellowship Hall. Stay as little or as long as you like. Any help is much appreciated!

Recovery Support Ministry:  Whether recovery is new to you, or you’ve been there before, Christ Church’s Recovery Support Ministry strengthens your faith through Bible-based discussion following a 12-step program. Our Recovery Support Ministry is open to those seeking guidance and support for alcohol and drug dependency and addiction. Let’s walk along the road to recovery together. Monday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Barn beginning September 9, 2019. Contact:  Marcia Bondi at / 412-417-0026 or or Eileen Granata / 412-952-6671. MORE INFO

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 2019

Shirley Riles, wife of David Riles, on December 11, 2019.

Sheree Schaffer, Joene (Kevin) Garbera's sister, on December 8, 2019.

Joseph Zeis, John (Mary) Zeis' father, on December 6, 2019.

Jean Myers, Marcia Casey's mother, on December 6, 2019.

October 2019

Phyllis Schell, Bill (Alisa) Schell's mother, on October 16, 2019.

Richard Klinger, Donna (Jim) Hudson's father, on October 14, 2019.

Shirley Rush-Stanley, Michael Rush's aunt, on October 11, 2019.

Barbara Perfater, on October 8, 2019.

Annie Scates, on October 6, 2019.

Betty Jean Bernett, Wendy Bernett's mother, on October 1, 2019.

September 2019

Richard Schechter, Leland Miller's brother, on September 27, 2019

Grant William Stamm, son of Kathy Stamm and brother of Lauren Shoup,
on September 27, 2019.

Robert Lott, Patricia Lott's brother, on September 26, 2019.

William V. Ferver, Susan Ferver's father, on September 8, 2019.

August 2019

Richard Knoll, Pamela Knoll's husband, on August 5, 2019

Reinald (Mac) McCrum, Marti Renke's father, on August 2, 2019.

July 2019

James David Toomey, Pauline Jencik and Thomas Toomey's brother, on July 20, 2019

June 2019

George (Marie) Rogers on June 25, 2019

Myron DeFranco, Becca Fichtl's father, on June 23, 2019

Dalia Jean Scioscia, Bridget (Phil) Scherder's mother, on June 15, 2019.

Tina Black, Rich Augila's daughter, on June 11. 2019.

Carolyn (George) MacDonald’s father, James Baney, on June 3, 2019.

Dorothea Skolnekovich, Jerry (Arlene) Skolnekovich’s mother on June 1, 2019.

May 2019

Charlotte Kaczala, Cathy Andrasko's (Mike) mother, on May 18, 2019.

Sherry Koenig, Pat Costa's sister on May 1, 2019.

April 2019

Dean Panizzi's brother, Mark R Panizzi, on April 18, 2019

Darlene Bretsnyder's (Barry) mother, Joann Hosek, on April 9, 2019.

Bob Wagner's (Judy) father, Robert R. Wagner, on April 6, 2019

Kathi Davis' (Mike) mother, Margaret K. Rumbaugh, on April 6, 2019

Kathie Mariana's (Barry) mother, Elsie Mae Walker, on April 2, 2019.

March 2019

Walter Reddy, on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Pat Cady's (Peter) sister, Carol Fallen Kazules, on March 15, 2019.

Nikki Fetzick's (Scott) grandmother, Betty Jean Davis, on March 13, 2019

February 2019

Joe Costa (Pat), on February 16, 2019.

Stacie Clark's grandmother, Bertha Streb, on February 15, 2019

January 2019

Mark Doyle’s (Leslie) mother, Griselda Doyle, on January 28, 2019.

Donna Kilheeny’s husband, Tom, on January 27, 2019.

Leslie (Ed) Trosky's mother, Lucretia Ziegler, on January 20.

Mike Zuccaro’s mother, Judith Saunders, on January 19.

Claudette Richardson's husband, Thomas Wray Richardson, on January 2.