David is the Senior Minister and oversees the ministries of the church as our Head of Staff. David graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in the Spring of 2001 and was ordained shortly thereafter just across the PA/OH border in Eastminster Presbytery. Before becoming a second career minister, David was a Masters level therapist. He has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Community Mental Health from Trinity College, a sister school to University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from Northeastern University in Boston. David “married up” to Jen, they have three children, Josh, Anna and Adelyn.
REV. CONNIE FRIERSON
Parish Associate (Pastoral Care and Worship)
Connie Frierson is the Parish Associate at Calvin. Connie graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in the Masters of Divinity Program and was ordained in 2011.Prior to studying for this second career of ministry, Connie was an attorney in Las Vegas, NV, and Columbus, OH. She has a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was married to Allen Frierson, but is now widowed. Connie lives with her two sons, Nate and March on the family farm with four hopeful but outdoor cats and a golden retriever named Boomer.
Director of Music - Youth Director
Bruce Smith has been the Director of Music at Calvin Church since 1982. During this time the program has grown to include musical theater, and special artist concerts and events. Bruce is a professional pianist who also directs and performs with other musical groups for a variety of events, specializing in musical theater conducting.
Bruce has been the Youth Director at Calvin Church since 1994. During this time the Calvin Youth Group (CYG) has become active in both regional and national youth events, summer mission trips, and local Presbytery and interdenominational events. The program now includes three distinct age-based groups, covering youth from grades 3 to 12. In addition to his full-time role on the Calvin Church ministry team, he is also a Calvin member and ordained elder.
Fine Arts Director
Toni came to Calvin in 1986 (at Bruce’s request – they’ve been friends since the seventh grade!) as the Associate Director of Music – conducting the Youth Choir and serving as organist, and conducting the choir. The Drama ministry at Calvin was born in the late 1980’s when the church performed an original Passion Play. As the program grew, the church created the position of Director of Drama and Toni has been functioning in that role since 1996. She is also has been an elder at Calvin Church. In addition to directing and performing in the musical productions at Calvin Church, Toni has performed in many regional and community theatres. She has also performed professionally with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, and Brockett Productions. Toni is a graduate of Riverside High School, and holds a B.A. in Music Ed. from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. She has held teaching positions in Randolph County, WV and Beaver County, PA. Toni and her husband, Brendon Wahlberg along with their dogs Scooter and Abby all reside in Bellevue.