Pastor Chris has pastoral oversight and direct involvement with Deacons, Children’s Ministry, Young Adults (20s & 30s), Community Service, All Church Activities, Women’s Ministry, and Youth Ministry. Of course, along with Pastor Mike, she preaches, teaches, counsels, and visits.
Chris has served as a lay minister as a hospital chaplain, in youth ministry, music ministry, homeless advocacy, after school programs, and pulpit supply. She also holds a Masters of Music Performance from Bowling Green State University and studied conducting at Eastman School of Music. Chris earned a Masters of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
She was ordained as a Teaching Elder (new designation for a Minister of Word and Sacrament) in her home church in Toms River, NJ by Monmouth Presbytery.
She and her husband Mark enjoy riding their motorcycles, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding, and hiking.
Since I am a “second career” pastor, people often ask me why I went into ministry. I had a perfectly good-paying job that I left to go to seminary. Why would I do that? I can honestly say it was not for selfish reasons. I did not become a pastor because I thought I would make a bigger difference in the world, or make a good leader. It was when the reality of the gospel finally sunk in that I felt the urgency to share that gospel with others for a living. What reality am I referring to? The reality that when I needed grace, it was offered to me. When I realized the sinful human being that I was, God still offered me forgiveness and new life even though I did nothing to deserve it. It made no sense, but there it was. The almighty and holy God of the universe cared so much that he came and lived among us in humility, then sacrificed himself for the sin of people who would reject him over and over again. It is because it makes no sense that we know this is of God and not a human idea. And the love extended to me by God is not unique to me. God loves each and every one of his children that much. Yet there are so many among us that do not know this or do not believe it. That is why I chose to be part of a church family. I have the opportunity to share that love and grace with the elderly, with families, with college students, with professors, and with those on the poverty line. All are God’s children and my desire is for all of them to live life fulfilled with the confidence that God loves them and desires to be present and active in their lives. That is why I became a pastor.