Bishop Stokes has called two Task Forces to advise the Diocese as we move to the next stage of the COVID-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 Learnings and Breakthroughs (L&B) Task Force is looking at “lessons learned” during the crisis, ways of connecting with our congregations and communicating more effectively. The Task Force will develop recommendations and guidance to help us retain all the good things we’ve learned during this period. Contact the Learnings and Breakthroughs Task Force.

The COVID-19 Reentering, Reopening, Reimagining (RRR) Task Force is developing guidelines and advice as our church buildings move through the phases of re-opening. Their initial report is due June 5.

RRR Task Force Members

This team is committed to providing preliminary guidance by June 5th so that parishes may begin the planning process. Each parish will create its own plan and submit it for review to the Task Force. We anticipate that the time it takes each parish to create and implement their plan will vary greatly. While some parishes may be able to resume limited use of their buildings shortly after the release of the guidelines, others may plan to open months later based upon the unique needs, composition, staffing and location of each parish.   –The RRR Task Force

Title

First Name

Last Name

Church

Position

The Rev. Canon

Valerie

Balling

St. Peter’s, Medford

Committee Chair; Rector; Chair – Commission on Liturgy

Ms.

Annette

Buchanan

St. Augustine’s, Asbury Park

Vestry Member; Chair – Commission on Black Ministries

Captain

Louis

Cavaliere

Grace, Merchantville

Treas.; Asst. Diocesan Disaster Recovery Coord.; US Navy (Ret.)

Mr.

Anthony

Conrad

Christ Church, South Amboy

Sr. Warden

The Rev.

Paul

Jeanes

Trinity, Princeton

Rector

The Very Rev.

Rene

John

Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Cathedral Dean; Diocesan Council; Black Clergy Caucus

Dr.

Philip

Lewis, MD, MPH

Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

Congregational Dev. Comm.; Epidemiologist – Bishop’s Advisor

Mr.

Tom

MacArthur

St. Peter’s, Barnegat Light

Sr. Warden

The Rev.

Jorge

Martinez, Dcn.

St. John’s, Elizabeth

Priest-in-Charge (PIC); Hispanic Commission

The Rev.

Emily

Mellott

Trinity, Moorestown

Rector; Chair – Discerning Our Common Call Committee

Ms.

Carolann

Nicholas

St. Augustine’s, Asbury Park

Senior Warden

Mr.

Michael

Redpath

St. John’s, Little Silver

Transitions Consultant; Cong. Dev. Comm.

The Rev.

Maria

Sanzo

St. Raphael’s, Brick

Vicar; Public Health Nurse

Ms.

Michelle

Scarpulla

St. Peter’s, Medford

Sr. Warden; Public Health Educator

The Rev. Canon Dr.

Kara

Slade

Trinity, Princeton

Associate Priest; College Chaplain; Diocesan Canon Theologian

The Rev.

Megan

Thomas

St. Luke’s, Ewing

Priest-in-Charge; Lawyer

The Very Rev.

Matt

Tucker

Christ Church, Bordentown

Rector; Convoc. Dean; Standing Comm. VP; Cong. Dev. Comm.

Mrs.

Sandy

Van Sant

St. Thomas’, Red Bank

Public Health Nurse

The Rev.

Angelo

Wildgoose

St. Mark’s, Plainfield

Rector; Convoc. Dean; Diocesan Council; Black Clergy Caucus

The Rev.

Gregory

Wilson

Trinity, Swedesboro

PIC; Lic. Clinical Social Worker; Chair – Mental Health TF

L&B Task Force Members

Bishop Stokes has called the COVID-19 Learnings and Breakthroughs Task Force with the following mandate:

1. To research, explore, catalog, curate, and reflect upon the variety of adaptive and creative ways in which the Church and the Diocese of New Jersey and its people have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of worship, study, social justice and service and fellowship. Reflect upon the theological/ecclesiological implications of this experience in order to discern how the Holy Spirit appears to have moved the church through this crisis in ways that have served Christ’s mission and ministry.

2. To reflect upon the fears, grief and losses experienced by the people of God in this crisis and to ask about the impact of these upon the church and our common life.

3. To reflect upon the injustices experienced by the people of our nation and communities in this crisis and to ask about our role in this and what we can do to address these.

4. To determine from the above what practices and learnings the church needs to celebrate, continue and build upon as it lives out Christ’s mission and ministry moving forward.

5. To consider how the church could be better prepared and equipped should the COVID-19 crisis continue or another pandemic impact us.

6. To prepare a report (s) summarizing its learnings and guidance.

Members

Title

First Name

Last Name

Church

Position

The Very Rev.

Gregory

Bezilla

Holy Trinity, South River

Rector; Convocation Dean

The Rev.

Genevieve

Bishop

St. Mary’s, Haddon Heights

Priest-in-Charge (PIC); Director – Diocesan School for Ministry

Ms.

Bonnie

Bivins

Trinity, Princeton

Chair – Committee on Lifelong Christian Formation

The Rev.

Rose Marie

Broderick, Dcn.

St. Mark’s, Keansburg

Deacon Administrator; Director – Center for Community Renewal

The Rev.

Amy

Cornell

Grace-St. Paul’s, Mercerville

Rector; Coaching Network Coord.; Disc. our Common Call Comm.

Ms.

Anne

Delgado

St. Peter’s, Freehold

Sunday School Director; Comm. on Lifelong Christian Formation

The Rev.

Justin

Falciani

Christ Church, Somers Point

Rector; Board of Consultation

The Rev.

Robert

Fitzpatrick

Grace, Merchantville

Rector; Chair – Project Resource

Mr.

Jonathan

Gloster

Christ Church, New Brunswick

Vestry Member

The Rev.

Juan

Monge-Santiago

All Saints’, Lakewood

PIC; Hispanic Commission; Discerning our Common Call Comm.

The Rev.

Andy

Moore

St. Elizabeth’s, Elizabeth

Rector; Black Clergy Caucus

The Rev. Canon

Jayne

Oasin

St. Mary’s, Clementon

Supply Priest; Clergy Cont. Ed./Form. Comm.; Black Clergy Caucus

The Rev.

Jennifer

Ovenstone Smith

Grace, Haddonfield

Committee Co-Chair; Rector

The Rev.

Dirk

Reinken

St. Peter’s, Freehold

Committee Co-Chair; Rector; Anti-Racism Commission

The Rev. Canon Dr.

Kara

Slade

Trinity, Princeton

Associate Priest; College Chaplain; Diocesan Canon Theologian

Ms.

Mary

Testori

St. James’, Edison

Senior Warden

Mr.

Sebastian

Vazquez

San Andres, Camden

Hispanic Commission; Anti-Racism Commission