Clergy & Staff

Rev. Larry Homitsky
Pastor

Rev. Larry Homitsky is president of the United Methodist Church Union, a faith-based non-profit agency of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. As part of his leadership with Church Union, Rev. Larry also serves as lead pastor of the Pittsburgh Parish that includes Calvary, Church of Our Savior, and Emanuel United Methodist churches. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Larry has completed over 40 years of ministry.

United Methodist Church Union shares responsibility for social agencies providing services to the people of Pittsburgh: Parkview Towers, Metowers, Methousing North, Bethany House Academy, and "Daily Bread" Kitchen Ministry in addition to organizing Mentoring and Work Team Outreach projects. On behalf of the United Methodist Church Union Board of Directors, Rev. Larry and staff care for the physical, financial, administrative, and spiritual aspects of our ministries and programs.

He served as Conference Council Steward for the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church from 1997-2008. In this role, Larry administered and oversaw the many ministries and actions of as many as 900 United Methodist Churches in the Western region of Pennsylvania as well as Conference relations within the denomination.

For over 15 years, Larry also has served the general United Methodist Church as a certified national trainer for media, evangelism, and welcoming. He has traveled coast-to-coast to offer help to United Methodists to become better faith leaders and ambassadors. As a pastor, trainer, executive, and story teller, Larry is often known for creative presentations that incorporate historical drama or sleight of hand. Larry loves music and is skilled at both singing and playing the guitar. He sings tenor with the Calvary Renewal Choir and can easily be coerced to accompany family and church events on the guitar.

Larry is married to Ellen, an expert in early childhood education. The Homitskys are the proud parents of five children and the grandparents of seven.

Brian Burns
Music Director

Brian Burns is a long-time Pittsburgh resident and a native of Armstrong county. There, he began playing the Hammond organ in church at the age of 12. While attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a piano major, he was introduced to the pipe organ and changed his major to organ performance under the direction of the late Dr. Carol Teti. He was one of the first recipients of the Carol Teti Memorial Scholarship. His undergraduate work was completed with Dr. Christine Clewell in 2001. He served at several churches including St. Bernard's (Indiana, PA) and Ford Memorial United Methodist Church (Ford City, PA). Brian worked for three years with local organ builder Harry Ebert before discovering Calvary United Methodist Church where he used his skills to guide the restoration of Calvary's historic 1894 Farrand & Votey organ. Brian currently directs Calvary's Renewal Choir, the Festival Choir, and plays for all of Calvary's services.

Rev. Bob Richards
Pastor Emeritus

What is a "Pastor Emeritus"

Emeritus is an honorary title bestowed upon one who has retired from a position (pastor, professor, or other professional position) as a way of honoring the individual's service. Emeritus comes from the Latin word emereri, which means to earn one's discharge by service. Bestowing the title "Pastor Emeritus" upon a retiring pastor is a way for the church leadership to honor his service to the church.

Rev. Tom Funk
Pastor Emeritus

What is a "Pastor Emeritus"

Emeritus is an honorary title bestowed upon one who has retired from a position (pastor, professor, or other professional position) as a way of honoring the individual's service. Emeritus comes from the Latin word emereri, which means to earn one's discharge by service. Bestowing the title "Pastor Emeritus" upon a retiring pastor is a way for the church leadership to honor his service to the church.

Rev. Ellie Laws
Pastor of Congregational Care

Rev. Ellie Laws is an Elder in The United Methodist Church now retired after serving in the Peninsula Delaware Conference for 26 years. She recently moved to Pittsburgh to be located near her family. Calvary has opened a way for her to use her gifts of discernment and compassion in Spiritual Care and Pastoral Care. Rev. Ellie visits hospitals, care facilities, and the homes of members who need special attention. She finds ways for the church to assist persons in times of grief, divorce, job loss, and other stressful life situations.

Aleata Weis
Lay Leader & Wedding Coordinator

What is the job of the lay leader?

An effective Lay Leader functions as the primary representative of and role model for Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life for the people of a congregation. The Lay Leader works with the pastor to fulfill the mission and vision of the congregation.

Jaime Hartz
Executive Secretary