About Us

Mission Statement

Christ Church is a community that welcomes all into the Household of Faith. We continually seek new ways to broaden our ministry, to renew our faith, and to serve Christ in all persons. Together we strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.

Brief History

Christ Church Parish was founded in 1702. The church is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is part of the Four Corners Historic District. We are both an historic and a very modern church, fully utilizing the Book of Common Prayer. We are an Episcopal Church, a branch of the world-wide Anglican Community of Christian Churches, both Catholic and Protestant.

Staff
Reverend Lisa S. Mitchell, RectorThe Reverend Lisa Sauber Mitchell, Rector
Mother Lisa Mitchell graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology. She worked as a Medical Technologist for over ten years in Oklahoma, Los Angeles, and New York City. She attended Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, from 1982 to 1987, receiving a Master of Arts Degree in Theology. She then earned an STM (Masters in Sacred Theology) from Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, Nashotah, Wisconsin, in Liturgy with the thesis, Medieval Eucharistic Piety Among the Laity. She was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Los Angeles in 1989 and Priest in 1990. Mother Mitchell served as the Associate Rector of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Buena Park, California, 1989-1990 and was Vicar and then Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Vinita, Oklahoma from 1991 to 1997. She has been at Christ Church, Shrewsbury since 1997, serving as the twenty-sixth Rector of the parish. She is currently a member of the Companion Diocese Committee for the Diocese of New Jersey and is the Diocesan Coordinator for EFM.
Bill Balmer, DeaconBill Balmer, Deacon
William Balmer is Regional Manager of Monmouth & Middlesex counties for Valley National Bank.  He is a life-long member of Christ Church Shrewsbury, having been both baptized and confirmed in the parish. Bill has a long history of volunteer service to the church, ranging from several terms on the Vestry, multiple terms as Treasurer and member of the Finance Committee, and he has also served as Senior Warden.  He has also been a delegate to both the Monmouth Convocation the Diocese Convention.  He and his wife Jane reside in Ocean.  They have two children, Evan and Erin, and four grandchildren.
vcuff, DeaconVictoria Cuff, Deacon
Victoria Cuff was ordained to the Diaconate in October 1998 and served as deacon at Christ Church, Middletown, where she also served as Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries until May of 2012. In 2005 she was named as Archdeacon for discernment for the Diocese of New Jersey and continues to hold that position. She is married to William Cuff. The Cuffs have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Christine Psolka, Music DirectorChristine Psolka, Music Director
Chris Psolka joined Christ Church in 2001 as interim Choir Director/Organist for the church’s Tri-Centennial Year celebration. A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Chris received a B.A. in Psychology from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and a M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has extensive work experience in the field of cognitive rehabilitation, with a particular focus on traumatic brain injury and learning disabilities, particularly in the post-secondary educational setting. Chris currently holds a position at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, as Assistant Director of Services for Students with Disabilities. Chris began her formal musical career at the tender age of 10, when she replaced her brother as full-time organist for St. John Nepomucene Church in Luzerne, Pennsylvania. Chris’s musical career spans four decades and 3 states. She has served as a church music director in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Chris has taught piano privately for the past 12 years in Shrewsbury and has developed choral singing training workshops for children and adolescents. Chris lives in Shrewsbury with her husband, Jamie Green and two college-age children, Annie and Kevin.
Casey Surgent, Office AdministratorCasey Surgent, Office Administrator
Casey is the newest member of our staff, beginning at Christ Church in May of 2010. She and her husband Jeff reside in Freehold.
Jeff Veil Jeff Veil, Sexton
Jeff Veil is the newest member of the Christ Church Staff, a position made permanent in August, 2014. Jeff had been serving as our interim sexton since May of 2012. He is a member of the parish, confirmed here in 2008. Jeff is an active member of the History Commission, Wedding Team and the Church photographer. Jeff grew up in the Plainfield NJ area. He has worked for HFI Truck Center as a salesman for over thirty years. Jeff is the father of three sons. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys photography, car restoration, & flea markets.
The Bishop-Elect William Bishop William “Chip” Stokes, XII Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey
On May 4th, the Diocese of New Jersey elected The Rev. William “Chip” Stokes to be our 12th Bishop. He was Consecrated on November 2, 2013. For more information visit http://www.dioceseofnj.org/about-bishop-stokes/.
Vestry 2017
 Peggy James Senior Warden, Communications
Elaine Feyereisen Junior Warden, Stewardship
 Walter Dein Property
 Joanne Montgomery Fundraising
 Jim O’Connor Outreach
 Rita Saible Parish Life
 Rachelle Spencer-Mikita Outreach
 Jamie Green
 Sarah Schmid
 Stephen Craven
 Sue Napoletano
Office Of The Vestry
 Dave Regiec Treasurer
 Lynn Marengo Assistant Treasurer
 Nancy Stewart Vestry Clerk