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.

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.

VCuffVictoria 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 2012. While serving in Middletown she set up two Godly Play classrooms. She and her husband have led five youth pilgrimages to England. In 2005 she was named as Archdeacon for discernment for the Diocese of New Jersey. Victoria retired from that position in 2013 and joined our staff that same year. She is married to William Cuff. The Cuffs have three grown children and three grandchildren.

IChenIris Chen, Music Director
Iris Chen is a multifaceted musician: she is a church music director, a performer, an educator. As a keyboardist, she plays both the piano and organ. Earning her Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, she has often performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in numerous settings.
Ms. Chen is a skilled church musician, directing the choir at Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, for six years, and also at Faith United Church of Christ, Union. Finding interesting and varied music to match the liturgical calendar is her overarching goal, and one that she enjoys immensely.
A music director must also be a teacher, and Ms. Chen is devoted to education, having taught music lessons to students of all ages for over two decades. She initiated a children’s choir at Faith UCC, and helps adult choristers not only learn the notes, but also the phrasing and expression of the music at hand.
A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chen was baptized at Christ Presbyterian Church. She searches for spiritual meaning in all that she does, trying to live simply and being mindful of natural resources.
Ms. Chen lives with her husband and two daughters in Edison, and enjoys cooking, going to museums, and spending time with her family.
Debbie RoeseDebbie Roese, Office Administrator
Debbie was hired August of 2021 as our new Office Administrator. Her background consists of 15+ years of office management and accounting. She feels encouraged to use her organizational skills to help the church run efficiently. Debbie resides in Middletown, NJ.
JVeilJeff Veil, Sexton
Jeff Veil is a member of the Christ Church Staff, a  position made permanent in August 2014. Jeff had been serving as our interim sexton since May 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, and 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
DDevlinDonna Devlin
Donna Devlin is part of our church staff and is our Regular Guest Educator. For more information on what Donna does to help others visit her website
Vestry 2022
Peggy James Senior Warden
Connie Goddard Junior Warden
Walter Dein
Sue Napoletano
Sheila Hatami-Watson
Martie Viets
Larry Nibbling
Carl Alfano
Robin Solbach
Office Of The Vestry
Steve Craven Treasurer
Lynn Marengo

Larry Nibbling

Assistant Treasurers
Nancy Stewart Vestry Clerk
Jamie Green Parish Historian