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Our Pastor


The Reverend Christopher L. Miller (Chris) was ordained a Deacon in 1996 and Elder in 1998 and has served as the sole pastor for Port Norris and Buckshutem United Methodist Churches (1995-2000), First United Methodist Church of Pemberton (2000-2002), and First United Methodist Church of Delran (2005-2016).  During the years of 2002-2005, Chris was appointed as the Director of Outreach Ministries for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference where he directed the United Methodist’s 9/11 Long Term Recovery Program for the State of New Jersey.

Chris was appointed as the Annual Conference Disaster Response Coordinator (DRC) in 2015.  As the DRC, he is responsible for the planning, preparation, mitigation, training and response for natural and human caused disasters that impact our Annual Conference. As the DRC, Chris also represents the Annual Conference as a member of the N.J. Volunteers Active in Disaster (V0AD).  As a member of NJVOAD, Chris sits on the Case Management subcommittee. 

Chris is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Chaplain’s Corps.  He served the military in a Reserve or Guard capacity for 38 years.  He served in the enlisted ranks of the United States Coast Guard Reserve from 1976-1994 where he obtained the rank of Petty Officer First Class.  Chris was released from his enlistment with the Coast Guard and was commissioned into the United States Naval Reserve as a Chaplain Candidate Program Officer.     

He remained in the Navy from 1994 until 2005 where he had various assignments including serving three years as a chaplain for the United States Marine Corps.  In 2005 Chris transferred into the Air National Guard where he was the Wing Chaplain for the 108th Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst until his retirement from the military in 2014.

During his time in the military, Chris has been deployed to Guam in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (2008) and Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation NEW DAWN (2010).

Chris earned an Associates of Arts in English Humanities from Salem County Community College (1990), a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Thomas A. Edison State College (1992), a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1996), and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science at Air Command and Staff College (OLMP), Maxwell Air Force Base (2010).

Chris was married to Linda Rae Eckman on August 12, 1978 and they have two adult daughters (Adia Rae Speer and Danica Lin Miller) and five grandchildren.  In 1998 a very special baby was born (Shawn Dupri Ward) and Linda and Chris cared for him for two and a half years and he is still a very important part of their lives today.

When thinking about his role as Pastor, Chris believes that it is to faithfully serve the church in the key areas of word, order, sacrament, and pastoral care while equipping, encouraging, and empowering the members of the church to faithfully serve their community and the world as disciples of Jesus Christ called into ministry through baptism.  Chris has a passion for outreach ministry seeking to make a difference in the lives of people for whom Jesus died.

In his “free” time, Chris enjoys swimming, working out, sailing and boating, backpacking, and camping.

Church Staff

Director of Music: Priscilla Cunningham 609-377-5718

Praise Team Director: Bob Coulon bobcoulon@comcast.net

Youth Director: Mike Andrews abseconyouthministry@msn.com

Office Manager: Kay Stadlmeir abseconumc@comcast.net

Office Assistant: linda.abseconumc@comcast.net

Nursery Director: Sue Reitmeyer 609-652-1390

KidPraise Leader: Cassie Poulsen 609-965-2989

Director of Senior Center: Donna Payne seniorcenterumc@comcast.net 609-645-0013 

Custodians: Ragip and Jemile Suka



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