Leadership

Pastor & Staff

Christopher (Chris) L. Miller

Pastor

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 is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Chaplain’s Corps.  He served the military in a Reserve or Guard capacity for 38 years.  He began his service 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 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 military career, 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 (now Palmer Seminary) (1996), and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science at Air Command and Staff College (OLMP), Maxwell Air Force Base (2010).

Chris married Linda Rae Eckman on August 12, 1978 and they have two adult daughters (Adia Rae Speer and Danica Lin Miller) and six 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 Shawn 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.

Bob Coulon

Praise Team Director

A gifted musician, Bob leads our Praise Team during contemporary worship on Sunday mornings as well as our recording sessions on Thursday evenings.

Priscilla Cunningham

Director of Music

Priscilla directs our children, youth, and adult choirs as well as our men's and women's ensembles and yearly Christmas cantata.  Priscilla is also one of the most gifted organists to ever grace a Sunday morning worship service.

Donna Payne

Sienor Center Director

Donna oversees one of our most expansive ministries, the Absecon Community Center for Seniors.  This program is open to all Atlantic County Seniors (60+) and provides
Socialization, Education, Fitness & Nutrition programs.

Liz Sabath

Sunday school superintendent

Liz keeps all of the many functions of our Sunday school program running.  Organizing volunteers, managing the curriculum, making sure our Safe Sanctuary Policies are up to date and being followed, organizing the yearly Christmas Pageant and more.   Her work keeps our children growing in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.

Kay Stadlmeir 

Office Manager

Kay has been working in our church office since 1993.  Kay keeps the information flowing and manages all the behind the scene efforts that keep our church running smoothly.