Call Process

In times of vacancy and transition, the New Jersey Synod walks with congregations to discern where God is leading.  We believe that the Holy Spirit works through the Church – in the work of bishops and synod staff, mission clusters and their counselors, congregation councils, and call committees – to establish, renew, and change these relationships between pastors and congregations of God’s people. To that end we are called to be constant in prayer for trust in and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to understand that it is God’s intention for us that we are trying to discern, and not the satisfaction of a two-thirds majority of congregational wants.


Below you will find the Pastoral Call Process Booklet, which will help guide this process.  


Pastoral Call Process - (revised November 2018)

(updated June 2021)

Congregations in the Call Process

Questions related to these congregations should be directed to Bishop Tracie Bartholomew. 

Calvary, Allendale

Holy Trinity, Burlington

Prince of Peace, Denville

St. Paul, Hainesport

Bethany, Jersey City

Redeemer, Jersey City

Holy Spirit, Manahawkin

First, Montclair

Holy Trinity, Nutley

Messiah, Oakland

St. John, Ocean City

Zion, Oldwick

Bethany, Palmyra

St. Ambrose, Pennsville

St James, Phillipsburg

St. James, Pitman

St. Stephen, South Plainfield

Holy Counselor, Vernon

Good Shepherd, Weehawken

Holy Trinity, Wildwood

St Stephen, Woodbury

Recently Called Pastors 

Danielle McCleary - St. Matthew, Secaucus

Jisun Kwak (UMC) - Zion, Saddle River

JJ Simpson-Keelan - Living Waters, Ringoes

Kimberly Cooper - St Timothy, Wayne

Intentional Interims

Holy Communion, Berlin - Rev. Sara Lilja

Grace, Perth Amboy- Rev. David Confer

St Paul, Hainesport -- Rev Elaine Quincey

St Luke, Dunellen - Rev. Dámaris Ortega

Holy Trinity, East Orange - Rev. Gomes Pedro

Good Shepherd, Little Egg Harbor -- Rev. Heidi Link

First, Montclair – Rev. Michael Poole

Zion, Oldwick - Rev. Kat Steinly

Messiah, Parlin – Rev. Michael McKillip

Holy Trinity, Burlington -- Rev. Russell Haab

Good Shepherd, Holmdel -- Rev. Pat Medley

Messiah, Dennis Twp, -- Rev. Jeffrey Rickards

Nativity, East Brunswick -- Rev. Nancy Nardi