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Jessica Prior to being appointed as Senior Pastor of Red Bank UMC, Jessica Brendler Naulty served as the Associate Pastor at Haddonfield UMC for the past four years, with a focus on Christian Education and Nurture Ministries. Prior to that, she served on staff at Spotswood/Monroe and Washington UMCs. A graduate of Drew Theological School and a fourth-generation UM pastor, Jessica has a passion for helping others experience God's love through worship, small groups, and Christian conversation. Prior to answering her call, she taught high school Environmental Science. Today, she still finds joy and awe in the complexity of God's amazing creation. Jessica is married to Howard and they are the proud parents of twins – Alyssa and Kristie.

Evan Evan Courtney is our new Director of Music, leading our choir and playing the organ. A native of Cheyenne, WY, Evan is a graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in 2012 in Church Music and Organ Performance, and graduated with honors magna cum laude. From 2012-15, he served the John Knox Kirk Presbyterian Church in south Kansas City. Also during those years, Evan worked as the choral accompanist for the North Platte R-1 school district in Dearborn, MO, and was the assistant conductor of the Kansas City AGO's Schola Cantorum, along with teaching private piano lessons in the area.

Sheila Sheila Leavitt began as our part-time secretary on July 15, 1996 and was mainly responsible for the publication of The Outlook and bringing the membership information into a data-base. Over the past 18 years she has taken on many responsibilities – financial secretary, building use coordinator and stewardship program participant. "I am so pleased to be part of this wonderful church family!"

David David G. Henritzy is a retired member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the UMC. He has a bachelor's degree from Moravian College, a Master of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry, with a specialization in medical ethics, from New York Theological Seminary. He has spent most of his ministry in social ministry, as Executive Director of the Bowery Mission in NYC and as a chaplain/administrator in hospitals and nursing homes, most especially at Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital in NY. Prior to his retirement he was on the staff of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church as the recruiter, endorser and supervisor of hospital chaplains around the U.S. He has served as an officer on many national chaplains' and health care umbrella and credentialing organizations. He moved to Monmouth County six years ago.

Christina Rev. Christina Zito has been our Minister of Visitation since July of 2012. Her primary responsibility is to provide pastoral care to those who are home bound, chronically ill, or need an extra measure of care. She writes, " … I retired from full-time ministry this July having most recently served the Bridgewater UMC as Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation. I have also served churches in Basking Ridge and Prairie Village (Kansas!). When I left the parsonage in Bridgewater, I bought a little house in a 55+ community in Jackson to be near one of my daughters. Jessie lives in Howell with her two boys: Ryan, 5 and Collin, 2. My other daughter Kim and her daughter Rhaelynn, 12, live in York, PA. I have come to understand what a special, caring congregation the UMC of Red Bank is! You truly seek to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. I am delighted to count myself among all of you (even if part-time) and I look forward to journeying with you."

Elaine Director of Children's Ministries Elaine Dawson has worked with the children of our church for 24 years. She came on to our staff as Director of Childrens Ministries in 2000 as her calling to do God's work became stronger and stronger. Elaine believes a strong Christian education early in life gives children direction and purpose in this very challenging 21st Century. She knows all the children in our church and strives to develop a personal relationship with each of these children and their families. Elaine runs the youth programs on Wednesday nights and is one of the leaders of our Senior High Group. Vacation Bible School is one of her greatest joys, and she has seen it grow ten fold over the last few years. Elaine does the childrens sermon on Sunday mornings along with Childrens Church. Most summers she takes a group of youth on a mission trip to help those who need us.

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