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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Veil, Interim Sexton
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.
Bishop William "Chip" Stokes, XII Bishop of the Diocese of New
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/.
M. Kelly, Jr.
||Senior Warden, Information
Technology, Parish Historian
|| Walter Dein
|| Elaine Feyereisen
|| Peggy James
|| Dianne Regiec
Of The Vestry