Pastor Rich Hendrickson
Position: Senior Pastor
Brief Outline of Job: to preach and teach the Word, to provide pastoral care and counsel, to administer the sacraments, and to order the life of the church for service in mission and ministry.
Who is Pastor Rich?
Pastor Rich grew up at St. Paul’s UMC, Ocean Grove attending Sunday School, Youth Group, Choir, and Worship. Rich also served as Director of Youth Ministries at both St. Paul’s and the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association from 1987-1992.
Pastor Rich felt the call to ordained ministry and in 1992 he attended Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine where he received his Master of Divinity in 1995. Pastor Rich was awarded the Outstanding Biblical Scholar award while at BTS. Rich received his Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School in 2001 in the area of Organization Creativity and Church Leadership.
Pastor Rich was ordained an elder in the Southern NJ Annual Conference and appointed to Central UMC in Linwood, NJ where he served as Associate Pastor for six years. He then went on to be appointed co-senior pastor with the Rev. Gina Hendrickson at the Summit UMC. Since 2006 Rich has been serving the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference as the Director of Stewardship.
Rich is married to the Rev. Dr. Gina Hendrickson and they have twin daughters, Krista and Rebecca. Rebecca is married to Ben Ridings. Rich likes to hike, cook, travel, and read.
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Position: Director of Worship
Oversees operation of 9am Worship Service. Recruits & Coordinates Musicians, Vocalists, Audio Technicians, Video Technicians, Ushers, Greeters, Liturgical Dance, Lay Speakers/Announcers and Guest Speakers. Led "Search Engine" ministry to ages 19-39. Led, oversaw, or delegated weekly Prayer Services such as "Sanctuary", "One Thing", "MasterPeace". Directed Maundy Thursday Drama and/or coordinated Seder Dinner/Presentations. Provided teaching/preaching when and where necessary.
Who is George?
George was a radio announcer and producer for over a decade, which culminated in "Share a Prayer": a program he created which was heard daily by over a million listeners in the heart of NYC airwaves. Through his other work in choral dramatics, songwriting, band leading, and youth ministry, St.Paul's & the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting communities asked him to form and lead an outdoor worship experience at the Ocean Pathway Pavilion on the boardwalk in 1998. This is just one of many "hats" he wears at 80 Embury, but the one about which he feels most passionate. It provides the opportunity for the Word of God to reach others who are providentially passing by in the open air.
Here's what George has to say about what God has him doing in Ocean Grove…
"As Worship Arts Pastor, the Lord has provided a place where I have the opportunity to be led by the Holy Spirit in creating, coordinating and leading wonderfully talented and gifted individuals who strive to be servant-leaders along with me in true and sincere worship of the Creator, Savior and Sustainer of the universe. My hope is that whoever comes and visits with us, will be able to tangibly know and experience the living presence of Jesus in our midst."
Position: Visitation Pastor
Jill tells us:
The Lord became real to me when I took my first Communion at age 12. My siblings & I were not allowed to go up & receive communion until we had gone through Confirmation & understood what it was we were doing. So for me at this season of Lent, I take very seriously my commitment of receiving the body & blood of Christ.
Taking on the position of Minister of Visitation for St.Pail's church I feel blessed. I feel it wasn't just the Pastor & the P.P.R. Who allowed me this position, but I believe God was in the decision of who got the job.
My favorite Bible verse sums up nicely what I have just said: Proverbs 3:5.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him & he shall direct thy paths."
May our paths cross & share what God has done for each of us
Mr. Brian Schulte
Brian tells us:
After living in Ocean Grove for a short while in 1969 my wife, Susan, and I moved to the west coast where we committed our lives to Christ. After attending Multnomah School of the Bible we returned to the shore area to raise our family. During those years I served in a variety of church leadership positions. As empty nesters we returned to the Grove in 2003. These life experiences enable me to comfort a variety of people on their life’s journey.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
Mr. Alyn Heim Jr.
Position: Organist/Choir Director
Alyn provides organ and piano music for the 10:45 Traditional Worship Service. He also directs the Adult Choir.
Who is Alyn?
Alyn has been the Organist and Choir Director at St. Paul’s since 2008. He was an Organ Performance Major and graduated with a B.M. from The Manhattan School of Music. He began as a church organist in Cedar Grove, NJ at the age of 11, and has played just about every Sunday since! Currently, he teaches Elementary Instrumental Music in the Wall Public Schools. Previously, he was a High School Choir and Band Director for 27 years. He is especially happy when his 2 daughters, Allyson and Kathryn sing in the choir and provide violin accompaniment.
What do you love most about what the Lord is doing through you, in Ocean Grove?
I love that I have the opportunity to worship through music, and that the Lord has provided a caring congregation who appreciates what I have to offer.
Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, Ephesians 5:19
Megan E. Faulkner
Position: Director of CrossRoots Student Ministries
Oversees operation of Student ministries to students in grades 6- 12. Coordinates and facilitates Sunday evening youth group, mid- week Bible studies, bi-annual retreats and missions trips.
Who is Megan?
A transplant from Delaware, Megan first came to Ocean Grove as a summer Youth Ministry Intern. After distinguishing herself among her peers, she was invited to join St. Paul’s. Megan holds a degree in Youth Ministry from Eastern University.
What do you love most about what God is doing through you in Ocean Grove?
Every day I wake up and wonder what God has in store for me in regards to serving this community. No day is the same. Every day has a surprise, or 6. Some of my days are filled with the necessary office tasks while others are filled with coffee conversations, field hockey/basketball/soccer/volleyball games/band concerts/plays, etc., or dinners with families I serve. If it's a really good day - I get to do all of those things.
God's love transformed my life in the most gentle and kind way, and I'm always in awe that I get to see that happen in the lives of our students and their families. What I like the most is that I don't know what God will do through me every day. His ways are not my ways, in fact, His ways are WAY better! Watching life change happen through relationship and the gentle love of Jesus is something that brings life to my bones. I am so grateful to be here serving.
MRS. PAULA DIGIAMBERARDINO
Position: Director of Christian Education
Paula has been the Christian Education Director here at St.Paul’s United Methodist Church since 2014. She earned a Bachelors degree from East Tennessee State University in Education and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management - Adult Education and Training from Tusculum College. She also is the Lead Teacher for the Pre K-3 class here at Tender Care Nursery.
Judith L. Hoffman
Position: Church Office Administrator
Telephone and office reception, Manages payroll, coordinates building use and church calendar, prepares church bulletin and many, many other things!
Who is Judith?
Judith moved to Ocean Grove in 1991, after working in newspapers on the east and west coast. She has a BS in early childhood education and was working on a masters in studio art when she left teaching to join the newspaper industry. In 1999, Judith joined the St. Paul’s staff. She has worked under 3 pastors during her 14 years at St. Paul’s.
Judith enjoys the diversity of her position, with each day holding surprises. She understands that most of her job involves “interruptions” from the folks that make their way to the office. She meets, greets, and helps them with an experienced eye and tender heart. Judith likes working with the St. Paul’s staff team, and encourages and enables them to use their skills effectively doing God’s work. She loves being part of a team.
Judith has three grown children who live outside the area: Jim and his wife who live in Champaign, NY, Charles and his children live in York, PA, and Amy and her husband and children live in Flower Mound, TX.
Judith’s passion is sharing the Word of God, getting people into the Word daily and helping them achieve a deeper understanding. She looks forward to leading Tuesday evening Bible studies for the last 13 years. Judith is also a world traveler. With trips to Egypt, Israel (3 times), Greece (twice), and Turkey (twice), she is able to really offer cultural insight into the scriptures.
Position: Interim Director, Tender Care Nursery School
Mr. Neil DenBraven
Position: Evening and Weekend Host
Position: Evening and Weekend Host
Mary Jean (MJ) Shaughnessy
Position: Evening & Weekend Host
Heres a pic of me. Being silly in library a favorite place!
"God brought me 2 OG 2 grow&2 help people."
Position: Evening & Weekend Host, Weekend Sexton
I am so grateful to my FatherGod for bringing me to OG several years back and providing me with the manyopportunities to serve my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ @ St. Paul's and to have been blessed to have known Joe Hayward.
Miss. Phyllis Truran
Position: Lay Leader
Rev. Walter Quigg
Position: Pastor Emeritus
Reverend Robert G. Bender
Position: Visitation Pastor Emeritus
Visited those in local hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes, and private homes
Who is Bob?
Bob is a seasoned pastor with 35 years of pastoral work in Reformed Churches in NJ. In his role as Visitation Pastor at St. Paul's, Bob averaged 310 visits each year! He also conducted funeral services and occasionally assisted in the pulpit.
Bob holds a BA from Houghton College, a M. Div. from Western Seminary in Holland Michigan and completed a counseling and guidance grogram at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1974.
He lives here in the Grove with his wife of 54 years, Joan. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.