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Eucharist Cermony at Christ Church Shrewsbury

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.

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

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 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 2014
   Robert M. Kelly, Jr. Senior Warden, Information Technology, Parish Historian
   Walter Dein Property
   Elaine Feyereisen Junior Warden, Communications
   Sheila Hatami-Watson Outreach
   Neil Ingenito Fundraising
   Peggy James Stewardship
   Sue Napoletano Christian Formation
   Dianne Regiec Parish Life
   Sarah Schmid Vestry Support
   Patrice Thornton Membership
Office Of The Vestry
   Gerard Marengo Treasurer
   Lynn Marengo Assistant Treasurer
   Nancy Stewart Vestry Clerk