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 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 July 2023)

Congregations in the Call Process

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

Holy Trinity, East Orange

Zion, Egg Harbor City

Bethany, Jersey City

Christ Our Redeemer, Jersey City

St. Paul, Jersey City  
Holy Spirit, Manahawkin

King of Kings, Middletown

St. John, Ocean City

Messiah, Parlin

St James, Phillipsburg

Good Shepherd, Weehawken

Holy Trinity, Wildwood

Recently Called Pastors 


The Rev. Breanne Tessitore - Bethany, Palmyra
The Rev. Sarah Freyman - Grace, Bayonne

Intentional Interims


St. John, Jersey City - Rev. Jacob Simpson 

St Paul, Jersey City - Rev. Kat Irwin

Holy Communion, Berlin - Rev. Sara Lilja

Grace, Perth Amboy- Rev. David Confer

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

Holy Trinity, Burlington -- Rev. Russell Haab

Good Shepherd, Holmdel -- Rev. Pat Medley

Messiah, Dennis Twp, -- Rev. Jeffrey Rickards

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