Eucharist Cermony at Christ Church Shrewsbury

About Us

Christ Church: (krist'church) n. [L. Christus ME. chirche, kirke]: parish in the Borough of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. A community committed to exploring the reality of God in today's world.

Both protestant and catholic, Christ Church is a part of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. We are a diverse and changing congregation that welcomes all who pass through our doors. 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.

Christ Church Parish was founded on Christmas Day in 1702. The cornerstone was laid in 1769 and the church is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is part of the Four Corners Historic District. The Rectory, constructed in 1824, is part of the Shrewsbury Historic District as well. Christ Church is an active, modern congregation housed within treasured buildings and surrounded by a beautiful historic graveyard. Each year we welcome many to participate in our history through tours, events, weddings, and genealogical and historical research.

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.

The Reverend Mary Frances
The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, D.D., and her partner, Sharon Babb, live in Neptune. Mother Mary Frances is an editor/reporter for the church's Episcopal News Service. Prior to joining ENS in the fall of 2005, she was curate and then assistant rector at Christ Church in Short Hills, N.J. She worked as a journalist for nearly 25 before becoming a priest. Sharon, who has been a vestry member and choir member in other Episcopal parishes, is a retired English teacher and health-insurance executive. They are introducing their four grandchildren to the joys of the Jersey Shore.

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, Interim Sexton
Jeff has been a member of Christ Church since 2008. He serves on the Wedding Committee, the History Commission and is the Parish Photographer. He has worked for HFI Truck Center in Mountainside, New Jersey, for over thirty years. Jeff is the father of three sons and a chocolate Labrador Retriever. He resides near Bethlehem, PA.

Victoria Cull ArchdeaconThe Venerable Victoria Cuff, Archdeacon, Diocese of New Jersey
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.

The Bishop-Elect William The Bishop-Elect 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. During the intervening months, Chip and his wife, Susan, have been preparing for the next part of their ministries. An important milestone took place on Sunday, July 14th, as they said goodbye to the parish of St. Paul's and St. Matthew's in Delray Beach, FL.

Vestry 2013
   Robert M. Kelly, Jr. Senior Warden, Information Technology, Parish Historian
   Kim Roberts Junior Warden, Communications
   Carl Alfano Fundraising, Communications
   Tom Cameron Parish Life
   Tara Dunford Fundraising
   Sheila Hatami-Watson Outreach
   Neil Ingenito Outreach
   Sue Napoletano Christian Formation
   Rebecca Pruitt Property
   Sarah Schmid Membership, Parish Life
   *Patrice Thornton Membership
Office Of The Vestry
   Gerard Marengo Treasurer
   Lynn Marengo Assistant Treasurer
   Nancy Stewart Vestry Clerk