Steve was called to Calvary in July of 1999. Before that, Steve served congregations in New York (Garnerville United Methodist Church), New Jersey (Andover United Methodist Church), and Ohio (Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church), as well as being a Campus Minister at N. Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. Steve was the Chaplain at Albright College from 1995 until 1999.
Steve’s education began with a B.A. in Religion & Philosophy from Wilmington College of Ohio, and he graduated from Drew Theological School with a Master of Divinity. He has a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Ohio. His doctoral project was titled “Teaching Christian Ethics to Children in a Cross-Cultural Setting”) and a Ph.D. from Alvernia University in Reading, PA. His dissertation was titled “The Call to Christian Ministry” in the Community Leadership track.
Pastor Steve is known in the community as an activist for social change and a leader in community issues. He works with the United Way, Berks Women in Crisis, Phoebe Berks, the Reading Berks Conference of Churches, the Berks Ministerium, the NW Reading Ministerium, Spirit on Tap, the Phoebe Institute on Aging, the Reading Association of the PSEC of the UCC, and numerous other ministries. Steve also volunteers in the community, serving as an assistant wrestling coach at Wyomissing HS.
Director of Music, Megan Charlesworth
Meet Megan Charlesworth, our new Director of Music at Calvary. She is a music teacher at the Lancaster Country Day School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she works with students in grades 3-8 in general music, band, and choral settings. Prior to her employment at LCDS, she taught in the Hazelton Area School District, where she also served as the Assistant Marching Band Director, and accompanied the Hazelton Area High School and Drums Middle School choirs. Megan holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania. During her time at Slippery Rock University, Megan served as the music director and organist/pianist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Megan has recently moved to the Reading area with her husband, Preston, who is also a music teacher, and their two cats, Hugo and Chessa.
We welcome Dia Fell, a resident of Centre Park. Dia began at Calvary in May – stop by and say hello!
Janet Faust began working at Calvary in July of 2005. She is a great asset to our work in Reading.