The Reverend Lisa A. Hoffman, Rector
I was ordained as a Priest in the Diocese of New Jersey on June 30, 2011, following my graduation with a Master of Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary earlier in the spring. Before my ordination, I served as intern at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Red Bank as well as a Seminarian/Deacon at Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring Maryland within the Diocese of Washington, D.C. While serving at Church of the Ascension, I was very active in their many justice ministries including LGBTQ advocacy, racial equality, and prison reform – all ministries which I remain passionate about since leaving the Diocese of Washington, D.C. to return to New Jersey. In addition to my interest in justice and outreach, the teaching ministry is very close to my heart. I have designed several programs on topics such as The History and Development of the Book of Common Prayer, the Parables, and a study of Islam and the Quran.
Before coming to Christ Church, I was the Vicar at St. Barnabas by-the Bay in Villas, New Jersey (just north of Cape May). During my almost 10 years with them, I continued my work in social justice, outreach, and formation. Our food pantry served as the local coordination site for large quantities of relief supplies following Hurricane Sandy, working with other local congregations to move goods up and down the state of New Jersey. With our Deacon, we launched an offsite clothing thrift store in a local strip mall which is now in its sixth year of operation. In my first two years of ministry with St. Barnabas, I served concurrently as the Assistant Rector for Outreach at St. Mary’s in Stone Harbor and was the director of The Branches Outreach Center ministering the underserved and homeless people of Cape May County.
Prior to pursuing my call to the priesthood, I received my Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a Minor in Aesthetic Education and worked in the field of education in the elementary schools teaching art, classroom education and as a special education assistant. After working 17 years in education, I spent 12 years in retail management overseeing merchandising, operations, customer service and human resources.
My husband Jeff and I live in Freehold where we have two active and happy Cairn Terriers to fill our empty nest. We have three adult children who live in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida with their spouses/partners. In the evenings or on my day off, I can be found with a crochet hook in my hand watching old science fiction reruns, reading, or playing puzzle games on my iPad. Our whole family are Disneyphiles and make the trek to Orlando once to twice a year to enjoy some family time together.
I am very happy to be at Christ Church and look forward to meeting all of you in person and working together in ministry to the Toms River community and beyond.
The Reverend Ted Foley, Deacon
I was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of New Jersey on May 5, 2012 and began serving at Christ Church about one month later. I've had prior experience in a number of different ministries. One of my main interests has been in adult formation which has lead to ministries such as preaching the Good News, facilitating book discussions, Bible studies, and retreat experiences. I have also been active in various outreach ministries to the poor including leading Community of Hope Ministries, a church related non-profit. Finally, I continue to be active in justice ministries to gays and lesbians, particularly in the Oasis Ministry of the Diocese of NJ.
After spending 37 years in Research and Development in the Medical Device industry, I retired in 2010. I am married to Kathy Megroz-Foley, a licensed clinical social worker. We have two adult daughters. During the good weather you can usually find me on my bicycle, being frustrated on the golf course, or spending time at the ocean. I look forward to continuing my faith journey here at Christ Church - particularly with the many good people that I've met since I've arrived.
The Reverend José Cantos, Priest
I am married to Mercedes, my second wife and I have three children from my first marriage: Laura, Cristina and Alberto and I have four grandchildren. In 1991 I was received as a member of the Anglican communion in Argentina and since that year I have worked for the Anglican church.In 2003, we moved to Barcelona, Spain. On Good Friday of that year we were already participating in our first religious service in the Church of Christ of the Spanish Episcopal Church.
In addition to being a lay leader in Spain, José was the director of an ecumenical center of the Episcopal Church in Salamanca. In addition to voluntary and paid work in the church, we worked in a center for migrants of African origin, a center that helped and guided young people.
In 2014, encouraged by the proposal to exercise an ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church, we returned to Ecuador permanently. José was in charge of two missions in Manta; Iglesia de San Esteban and Iglesia de San José Obrero until he was ordained a transitional deacon in 2016. Working in formation, counseling and pastoral care, the church had significant growth, and programs were created to help the poorest people affected by the earthquake that caused almost 700 victims.
Currently I have been ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, a greater commitment of service to the community, the church and the Kingdom of God.
The Reverend Lew McCrum, Deacon (Retired)
I accepted my calling to the diaconate from Christ Church and was ordained in 1990. I retired in 2008. I had been involved in particular in the coordination and training of chalice bearers and lay eucharistic ministers. I also shared in the visitation of the sick, shut-ins and hospitalized parishioners. Since retirement I still participate in services when needed.
Andrew Van Buskirk
What Your Vestry Does
The vestry of the Episcopal Church is responsible for overseeing parish finances, the buildings, and being leaders of the vestry commissions: evangelism, education, pastoral care, communications, stewardship, outreach, justice, worship, buildings and grounds, and fellowship.
The vestry meets (except during Lent) on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00PM until often 9:00PM until all issues on the agenda are covered. These meetings are open to the parish to attend.