The Nominating Committee is thrilled to present Central with a slate for the Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC). Please review the bios and come ready to cast your vote at the *Congregational Meeting on May 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM.

At the Congrgeational Meeting people in-person and online may nominate “from the floor.” If you plan to nominate someone new, you are responsible to contact them prior to the meeting and ascertain if they are an active member, know of their nomination, and are willing to serve on the PNC.

Jeremy Blair

Jeremy has lived in the Towson area all of his life and attended Babcock Presbyterian Church from childhood. He and Dhara began attending Central after they were married in 2014 and he began to dive deeper into faith and a relationship with Christ, hand-in-hand with Dhara. They became members of the congregation in 2017 and have been part of a small group for 5 years. They are busy parenting three children under the age of 5. Jeremy sees his commitment to the PNC as a wonderful opportunity to not only make a meaningful impact, but also to commit himself to being a larger part of Central’s future. He cites his analytical nature and being a very detailed person as beneficial to the PNC’s process. He offers an open and humble heart to discern God’s will for the next pastor for Central Church.

Troy Clark

Troy grew up in Michigan and Indiana where his father was a pastor in the United Brethren in Christ church. He came to know Jesus as his Savior as a young child. Over the years his faith has taken various paths that lead him back to a relationship with Jesus. Troy is happily married to Helen and he is grateful for the gift of their two high school-aged daughters, Amelia and Lily. They are a musical family and enjoy Broadway and all of the arts. Troy works with manufacturers, and golf and running find their way onto his schedule as well. The Clarks have been Central members for 15 years and they serve with children’s ministry and sing in the Chancel Choir. Troy also serves with men’s ministry and high school ministry. Being nominated to the PNC confirmed a yearning to be more involved in Central’s leadership and he hopes his connection with Family Ministry will be a benefit to the team as they seek God’s guidance for our next pastor.

Marty Hansell

Marty and his wife Linda have been married for 42 years and have been Central members for almost 40. They raised their three daughters at Central, who are now married with families of their own. Marty became a Christian through the Navigator ministry at Penn State. At Central, he has been an elder, Sunday school teacher and served on the Missions/Outreach Team. He has also traveled on mission trips, most notably to Siberia to do discipleship training just after the fall of the ‘Iron Curtain’. He and Linda have led discipleship groups and currently facilitate a couples group. Marty is retired from MedStar Health where he was an IT Director for 31 years. Since retiring, he tutors at Helping Up Mission, mentors ex-offenders at Philemon Ministry, and performs handyman tasks at River Valley Ranch. Having attended Central through the success and struggle with four Senior Pastors and interim, Marty brings a wealth of experience to the PNC. His management role throughout his career will also be beneficial to the PNC as he brings insights into people and how they function in organizations.

Hilary Hargis

Hilary is a Seattle native who, with many intermediate stops, made her way to Baltimore in 2016. She and her husband Jonathan are employed at the Space Telescope Science Institute on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus – Jonathan as an astronomer and Hilary as a librarian serving the Institute’s physics and astronomy research staff. They have two sons and their family enjoys camping, music, reading, and visiting family in Philadelphia. Hilary pursues creativity through painting and writing. Her father was a youth minister in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Her faith in Jesus began as a young child when she prayed to receive Christ and then followed the example of her parent’s faithfulness. She began to understand Christianity more personally during college when faced with decisions that required her to move forward in faith. This new understanding led her to pursue a Masters in Theology in Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Hilary and Jonathan joined Central in 2017 and are part of a small group. Hilary participates in WOW and volunteers with the church library, marriage workshops, children’s ministry, and plays violin in string ensembles. Throughout her adult life, Hilary has participated in various denominations and she hopes to draw on these diverse experiences and apply insights as a member of the PNC.

Katie Kavalsky

Central has been Katie’s church “home” since she was a young girl. Central has been a place of nourishment and belonging in her walk with the Lord ever since she dedicated her life to Christ at a youth conference with student ministry. Katie and her husband Ryan have two sons who keep their days full. They are blessed to be planted in a neighborhood full of people who have become more dear to them during the pandemic. Katie works part-time as a Clinical Social Worker at a therapy practice in Baltimore City. She has always loved music and the creative arts and enjoys serving with the Worship Arts team. For more than 3 decades she has witnessed growth and change at Central while resting solidly on our love for God, for each other, and the call to living out the ministry of Jesus Christ in Maryland and all around the world. Katie has experienced Central to be a community poised to respond to God with humility, wisdom, courage, and wholeheartedness – especially in times of change or transition. She asks for prayer that God will increase those traits in her as a member of the PNC.

Dan McWilliams

Dan and his wife Janice have been part of Central for over 15 years. They have two children, Brenna who is attending Chapel Haven in CT, and Owen who is finishing his freshman year at the University of Maryland. Dan is the Regional Ministry Director for InterVarsity Fellowship, where he has served for over 30 years in various roles. He loves being outdoors – biking, gardening, skiing, walking, hiking, or running. Dan has a great love for Central Church and is committed to helping us respond to God’s call to us in this next season of our life together. He brings to the PNC over 30 years of experience in full-time ministry where he has hired and supervised many staff members. He understands the kinds of character traits required to lead ministry.

Maria Schwartz

Maria was born and raised in the Chicago area where during high school she became a follower of Jesus through the witness of two high school friends. She was discipled in college by a classmate and was baptized at age 20. After college, Maria worked in Chicago as a freelance cellist and cello teacher. She then attended the University of Illinois for graduate school, where she met her husband, Dwight. She became involved with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. They lived in Montana before coming to Baltimore in 2003. She is an academic advisor at Loyola University Maryland and serves as a volunteer with InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries. Dwight and Maria have been at Central since 2004 where Maria has served as a deacon, been involved with music in the Traditional service, and in small group Bible studies. Maria cites her conversion as a young adult, her love for studying God’s Word, her experiences with InterVarsity’s campus ministry and in the various churches, have all informed and given her insight to the main emphases of the Christian faith and what considerations there might be for the selection of a pastor.

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