Care & Support

Pursuing Life in Christ happens best in the context of relationships. These relationships become exceedingly important and meaningful during times of celebration as well as transition, loss or need. In the Calvary Church family, we are all responsible to look out for each other. We are glad to recommend resources or give coaching as you care for those in need. As we all face the hard realities of life or struggle to defeat patterns of sin, Calvary Church provides a variety of ministries and resources to help you adjust, move forward, and grow in your faith during these times.

MEET OUR COUNSELORS

George May

PASTOR OF COUNSELING & FAMILY MINISTRIES

George May received his MA in Counseling from Missio Seminary in 1994 (then Biblical Theological Seminary) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. George works primarily with adults and older teens. He loves counseling related to relationships:  marriage, parental coaching, extended family challenges, conflict coaching, or friendship relationships. Other areas of interest include anxiety, depression, addiction, anger, career counseling, men’s issues, pre-engagement, spiritual life questions, forgiveness, and divorce recovery. George seeks to help people grow in their relationship with God, experiencing how the character of God and the truth of His Word relate to the struggle at hand. He has special interest in God’s design of the brain and how it relates to counseling issues, and God’s design for attachment and how relationship dynamics play a key role in our lives. At Calvary, George is part of the teaching team in the Marriage Builders ABF (engaged and newlyweds), the Marriage Enrichment Class, and parenting classes. George & his wife Linda have been married since 1990 and have 3 adult children and love their role as grandparents. George enjoys many outdoor activities including biking and hiking. Other hobbies include chess, word games, visiting historical sites, and time with family.

 

Chris Torchia

PASTORAL COUNSELING ASSOCIATE

Chris Torchia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Lancaster Bible College as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Chris has extensive experience in areas of sexual addiction, parenting issues, depression and anxiety, identity issues, relational difficulties, trauma and suffering, theological formation, and spiritual growth. Chris is passionate about seeing hurting people met with the mercy and truth of the Gospel in a relevant and transformative way. He has a love for people, which makes his approach to counseling highly relational and engaging, and believes safety, trust, and transparency are essential to a productive working relationship. In addition to providing pastoral counseling at Calvary, Chris oversees the support group ministry and assists with teaching and equipping with the Care Ministry team. Prior to joining Calvary Church, Chris served for 8 years as the Director of Parents and Family Ministry and on the Men’s Ministry Staff at Harvest USA. Chris also led a breakdance ministry for over 10 years that focused on performing outreach, teaching, and mentoring youth. He and his wife, Yoana, have two beautiful boys together.

Beth Gregory

PASTORAL COUNSELING ASSOCIATE

Beth Gregory received her MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from Lancaster Bible College Capital Seminary and Graduate School and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She works primarily with women of all ages dealing with difficult or destructive relationships, anxiety, depression, life adjustments and stress, family difficulties, grief and loss, and trauma. Beth also sees children, adolescents, and couples or families. She is co-facilitator of In the Wildflowers, a support group for those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. Growing up overseas as a missionary kid, and serving as a global partner in South Africa for many years, have given Beth extensive cross-cultural experience and understanding. Despite the challenges counselees are facing or their current relationship with, and understanding of God, Beth’s desire is to provide a safe place to assist them in that journey. She and her husband have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren.

Woody Woodcock

ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF COUNSELING

Woody (Richard) Woodcock graduated from Eastern Baptist College (now Eastern University) in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Education. In 1972, Woody graduated from Gordon Connell Theological Seminary (S. Hamilton, MA) with a Master of Divinity degree. In 1990, Woody received a Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Studies from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological seminary). He has been a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors since 1990. Woody taught high school for 15 years and was a pastor for over 25 years. In terms of counseling his approach could best be described as Biblically oriented and family systems-oriented. He especially enjoys premarital counseling. Woody has been married to his wife Carol for 53 years. They have two married daughters and 8 grandchildren.

Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral counseling is given from a biblical perspective that is guided by principles from God’s Word. We will seek to help you meet the challenge you are facing in a way that will bring growth to you and your relationship with God. If you have questions or want to set up an appointment with one of our counselors, contact Judi Brady at 717-560-2341 x278 or Pastoral counseling is available, on a limited basis, to those who are a part of Calvary Church or one of our outreach ministries (for example: Study & Share, C4, DivorceCare, etc.) Assessment and referral services are available to all.

Support Groups

We desire to help you face the challenges of life with real and practical assistance, education and support. The groups, here at Calvary Church, provide an environment of love and acceptance where you can find knowledge that will heal and restore. It is our hope that as you encounter God’s truth, you will develop a new perspective on your situation, yourself and God. To learn more about specific support groups, click on the link below.

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Visitation

Since care in the family of God is the responsibility of everyone, it is our prayer that all who attend Calvary Church would play an active role in creating a culture of care. We have the privilege of being “the hands and feet of Jesus” that provide God’s care in the days of someone’s greatest need (Hebrews 4:14-16) and (James 1:27). In addition, Calvary Church has a team of volunteers and staff that visit on behalf of the pastoral staff. Please contact the church office to ensure we have the opportunity to visit.

Memorial Services

When the Calvary Church family experiences bereavement, we desire to offer comfort and support, as well as guidance in planning for and/or officiating at memorial services. If you would like to hold a memorial service at Calvary Church or would like a pastor to officiate at a memorial service, please contact the church office to let us know of your need. Use of the church is generally reserved for the Calvary Church extended family.

Tapestry Ministry exists to serve children and families through foster, adoption, respite care and mentoring at-risk children. This team helps to connect interested families with services and reputable agencies, as well as encourage, equip, and support families along the way.

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It is our desire to help you strengthen your relationship with God and others.