Presbyterian Church, USA

COA is a member of the Presbyterian USA denomination. Our church has a little over 200 members and families. We offer many worship, fellowship, mission and learning opportunities throughout the year.

We have a family-friendly congregation with a very large number of children and youth so know that your small children are welcome in worship -- wiggles, noises and all! COA welcomes visitors. You do not have to be a member of this church or denomination to participate in worship, communion, or activities.

In the Presbyterian Church, Elders lead the Committees that oversee different important areas of church business. All are welcome to join a committee and help in these many important areas. Deacons oversee the pastoral care and fellowship activities. All are welcome to assist the Deacons in this important work.

As always, all are welcomed into our church and into our many activities!

Staff and Leadership at COA

Come Meet Our New
Interim Pastor

Rev. Dr. Alison Halsey

Helping COA Church in the 12-18 Month Process of Calling A New Full Time Pastor!

Pastor - Rev. Dr. Alison Halsey; Office Phone: 410-974-1713
Music Director - Ms. Diana Martin, Adult Choir and Bell Choir
Assistant Music Director & Children's Choir: Ms. Nancy Jerome
Assistant Music Director & Praise Band - Mr. Mike Jarjoura
Office Phone: 410-974-1713
Office Assistant - Stacie McNeal -

Director of Anchors-A-Wee Preschool: Ms. Laura Carty at 410-757-6556

Treasurer: John Moorehead

A Look At What Is Happening in the Search for a New Pastor:

The Presbyterian Church follows a very precise plan and process in guiding congregations like COA through the process of selecting a new Pastor. If you would like to understand this process, just click here for a PDF document providing a timeline and explanation of the process we are undergoing.

The Transition Team has completed its work with the approval of our church document by the Baltimore Presbytery. A Pastoral Nominating Committee has been identified and was put before the congregation for a vote of approval on Sunday, June 29. The "PNC" has now begun its work of finding a new pastor for COA!

Click here for the 2012 COA Directory: You must have a password available by contacting the office.

Volunteer Leaders:
Leadership and oversight for day-to-day business and planning within the church is handled by Committees with church Elders in leadership of each group. In addition, our Deacons provide pastoral care and oversight of the various fellowship and caring outreach activities. Anyone can serve on a committee.

To learn more or to contact any of the Committee leaders, contact Mikaely Hentnick in the church office.

Mission Committee Name Elder Name


The Administration Committee of Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church provides the framework that enables the church to function effectively.  Currently composed of two (2) elders from the session and members at large from the congregation, the Committee carries out responsibilities related to the administrative tasks required for the effective operation of the church.  These include but are not limited to financial, personnel and general administrative support.

By way of definition, to "administer" is to have charge of, to direct, or to manage.  Upon further examination one also finds that to administer is to mete out, to dispense, to impose, to offer, to tender and finally TO SERVE.

John Kokish
Marion Wear

Christian Education

Diana Rey
Tom McNeal, Clerk of Session

Congregational Connection Committee

In concert with the Session, the Congregational Connection Committee (comprised of two Elders and other church members) plans and implements our church’s efforts in attracting and reaching new members through personal connections, congregational outreach in our local community, and coordination of small group ministries within the COA church family.

Alton Fryer
Anna Werntz
Mission Committee Alice Robeson
John Hussey
Nominating Committee Kyra Moorehead
Marilyn Rorick
Laura Carty
Gary Storm
Property Committee

The main function of the property committee is to ensure that the building and grounds are well maintained and improved as needed. This includes grass cutting , snow removal, care of the memorial gardens and flowerbeds, maintenance of all equipment and painting. The committee plans and organizes annual spring and fall workdays for upkeep and maintenance of the building and grounds. The committee also ensures the building is in safe condition, making sure all exits are accessible in case of emergencies and locked when the premises are vacant. The committee supervises church functions that utilize church equipment, oversees purchasing and inventory records and maintenance and repair of equipment that require outside contracts such as pest control, fire prevention and plumbing. The committee develops an annual budget to meet the needs of the property, submits an annual report outlining the past year’s activities and develops a five year plan for building updates, maintenance and improvements.

Linda Link
Mike Henderson

Worship Committee Steve Mainhart
Susan Storm
Additional Committees  


"With love and energy, the Deacons at COA will seek to care for and support members and friends of the church, to lift each other up in daily prayer, and to provide opportunities for Christian fellowship."

Amy Jarjoura, Moderator

Stephen Bardsley
Toni Derenzo
Maggie Edwards
Anne Hatcher
Gail Hussey
Walter Kolsch
Ryan McNeal

Youth Committee Toni Derenzo
Joleen Mays

Website Updates: Marion Wear

Selected Mondays - Check with Office 7:00pm COA Prayer Group meeting - All are welcome to this special "Time to Pray" Join in at any time.
Wednesdays 7:30pm Praise Choir
Thursdays 6:15pm Bell Choir Pracitce
Thursdays 7:30pm Adult Choir Practice
2nd Wednesday Nights 7:00 pm Session meets
Monday nights at 6:45pm Help Beautify God's House - Gardener's will take care of the church grounds in fellowship
Sundays 9:30-12 Noon Help our Deacons prepare coffee for between and after services each week. Just show up and we'll show you what to do.
Sundays 10:30 am CHildren's Choir
6:00 pm
Youth Group Grades 6-12

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