My name is James Copulos and I’ve been blessed to be in pastoral ministry since 2008. I’m a graduate of Penn State Altoona with degrees in Letters, Arts, and Science as well as Criminal Justice. For seminary, I attended Wesley Theological in Washington DC graduating with a Masters of Divinity. I’m blessed to have been married to my wife Amanda since 2005 and we have two children, Micah born in 2009 and Henry born in 2012. My passions for ministry are preaching and evangelism and my favorite thing in the secular world is Professional Wrestling (yes I’m aware it’s fake). The Bible verse which brought me to salvation is Revelation 21:4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. If you’re interested in hearing my full testimony of how I went from an Atheist to a Christian at the age of 18 you can find it in the media section of our church website.
My prayer is that all will have the opportunity to come to know Jesus Christ and I believe that joining us for worship at Mt Calvary can give one an excellent opportunity to do so. May the Lord bless you this day.
Holly Brandt came to Mt. Calvary in March of 2008. She has an Associate Degree from Harrisburg Area Community College in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Penn State, Harrisburg Campus. She has worked for a variety of different companies in the Harrisburg area in the field of Purchasing. After leaving the purchasing field, she joined a non-profit organization in Gettysburg as Membership Director. She later worked at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. While there she did presentations to school groups on women’s life during the Civil War, dressed in period attire. Both Holly and her husband, Boyd, share a love of history and were once involved in Civil War reenacting and Victorian dancing. They are active members of Calvary UMC on Locust Lane where Holly sings with the choir for Christmas and Easter cantatas and with the women’s chorus, and is a former hand bell ringer. She and Boyd volunteer with the church’s food pantry serving many local needy families twice per month. Holly spends her spare time helping her mother, reading, going on day trips, bike riding and walking. She and her husband are avid Penn State football fans…GO LIONS!!...and live in Lower Paxton Township.
Barb is a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Harrisburg Area Community College, and the Pennsylvania State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of Public Administration Degree with an emphasis in Human Resources. Barb also attended Lebanon Valley College for private organ lessons. She is an employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and is the church organist/pianist at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church. Barb has played the piano for Brockin’ Out Cancer (fundraiser for Vickie’s Angel Foundation) for three years.Barb also plays the keyboard for the jazz ensemble, One More Time, and the Lower Paxton Variety Band. She is a member of the Central Dauphin Alumni Choir, where she serves as accompanist. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at local schools by playing the piano. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Choir/Bell Choir Director
My name is Donna Hetrick and I’ve played bells since age 15 and have continued playing throughout my life until my husband and I retired from the military. We then bought our first home, which we are still in, and started going to Faith United Church of Christ. There I played with their bell choir until the director retired. She took about 2 years training me when I didn't even know that is what she was doing. When it was her time to leave, she said “my replacement will be Donna.” Surprised! Yes I was. That is when became a director. I directed that choir for 10 years. After 18 years at Faith we move to Mt Calvary. They heard I was a director and asked me I said yes and then started the Mt. Calvary Ringers. I love what I do. Music has always been a big part of my life as I also play the violin and some piano. I also like to sing and am active in our Senior Choir.
While playing bells I worked for the Pennsylvania state police and the House of Representatives for 30 years. I am married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.