Pastor Rich Hendrickson

Position: Senior Pastor

Preaches and teaches the Word, provides pastoral care and counsel, and guides the life of the church.

Who is Pastor Rich?

Pastor Rich grew up at St. Paul’s UMC, Ocean Grove, and 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, and received his Master of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1995 (Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School in 2001).

Since 2006 Rich had been the Director of Stewardship for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.

Rich is married to the Rev. Dr. Gina Hendrickson and they have twin daughters, Krista and Rebecca.


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Position: Director of Worship

Oversees operation of Lighthouse: Songs & Currents worship service- recruiting & coordinating crew (musicians, vocalists, audio/video technicians, ushers, greeters, guest speakers) and provides teaching/preaching when and where necessary.

Who is George?

George was a radio announcer and producer for over a decade, culminating in "Share & Prayer": a program he created which was heard daily by over a million listeners in the heart of NYC airwaves. In 1998, St. Paul’s and the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association asked him to form and lead an outdoor worship experience at the Ocean Pathway Pavilion on the boardwalk. He has been Director of Worship since 2006.


Jill Magnuson

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 and receive communion until we had gone through Confirmation and 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 and 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 and 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 and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths."

May our paths cross and share what God has done for each of us

.....Jill



Mr. Alyn Heim Jr.

Position: Organist/Choir Director

Alyn provides organ and piano music and leads the adult choir for the Beacon: Hymns & Traditions worship service.

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!


Megan E. Faulkner

Position: Director of Anchored Student Ministries

Oversees operation of student ministries grades 6- 12- coordinating and facilitating Sunday evening youth group, mid-week small groups, and 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.


Shanna Lipp

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Position: Director of Anchored Children’s Ministries

Oversees operation of children ministries Nursery-grade 8: coordinating and facilitating Sunday morning sunday school.


Judith L. Hoffman

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Position: Church Office Administrator

Telephone and office reception, manages payroll, coordinates building use and church calendar, and prepares church bulletin.

Who is Judith?
Judith moved to Ocean Grove in 1991, and joined the staff in 1999 working under 3 pastors during her 14 years at St. Paul’s. She also has been a leader of a small group for the last 13 years, and has led trips around the world.

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.


Susan keenan

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Position: Director of Tender Care Nursery School

Who is Susan?

Growing up in Cliffside Park, NJ, Susan’s family was a staple in her home church, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she served in many positions over time. On April 11, 2001, Susan had a powerful encounter with Jesus, where He became the Lord over her life, in addition to her Savior.

Susan and her husband, Jim, moved to Ocean Grove full time to start their family. Susan became an active member of Tender Care Nursery, where her children were attending school, and became the Chair of the TCN Board, which she led for nine years. In December of 2015, she became the Director of Tender Care Nursery School, where she loves to watch Jesus’ love shine through children daily.


Brian Schulte

Position: Sexton

Who is Brian?

Brian lived in Ocean Grove in 1969 with his wife, Susan, before moving to the west coast where they committed our lives to Christ- attending Multnomah School of the Bible and serving in a variety of church leadership positions. They returned to Ocean Grove in 2003.


Mr. Neil DenBraven

Position: Evening and Weekend Host


Arnold Newman

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Position: Evening and Weekend Host



Mary Jean (MJ) Shaughnessy

Position: Evening & Weekend Host


Michael Mindnich

Position: Evening & Weekend Host, Weekend Sexton


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.