Christ Episcopal Church Woodbury NJ Christ Episcopal Church Woodbury NJ

Wardens and Vestry

 Our Vestry

The Vestry of Christ Church is legally responsible for all matters of finance, property and maintenance within the parish, either directly or through the appointment of committee Chairs.

Christ Church’s Vestry comprises the rector, who normally presides at all meetings, and 12 Christ Church parishioners, nine of whom are elected each year by the congregation and serve no more than two consecutive 3-year terms.

Once Wardens are elected by the parish, Vestry elects its Executive Committee immediately following the Annual Parish meeting each January. The Executive Committee includes the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden, the Treasurer, and the Clerk (job descriptions below).

Each member of Vestry also serves as Chair of one of the parish’s eight Vestry Commissions. Each Chair is responsible for the oversight for several areas of our parish life, as defined below.

Junior Warden: Jeff Wenzel

Jeff is a South Jersey native and a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, ME. After earning a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1996 Jeff began teaching mathematics at the Charles Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. He married and moved to Philadelphia, PA where he taught at the Kohelet Yeshiva High School for four years before finally settling in Franklinville, NJ. Acting on a commitment to assist those in need, he has spent the last 10 years working at the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center where he teaches mathematics to incarcerated youths and young adults. Jeff has been attending Christ Church since 2007 and was confirmed in May 2013 after attending the Adult Inquirers’ Class with his father. He is both a Licensed Chalice Bearer and a Lay Reader.



Mr. Mark Novalsky

Treasurer:  Mark Novalsky

Mark Novalsky is a Systems Analyst and a Principal of 2 small computer firms.  He received his BS in Management Science from Florida Institute of Technology and received his MBA from Widener University.  Mark is an active member of Christ Church and has served as Treasurer for over 10 years.  He’s also an usher and a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.  Mark has been a member of Christ Church for 25+ years.  Mark is married to Susan and they reside in Woodbury with their two children, Andrew and Sarah.

Sarah Rash

Miss Sarah Rash

Clerk: Sarah Rash

“Being a South Jersey native, Sarah Rash graduated from Kingsway Regional High School and went onto Neumann University to receive a BS in Business Administration in 2013. Sarah has had experience working in auto insurance and now currently works as a Bodily Injury Claims Adjuster at Nationwide Insurance. She has been a member of Christ Church since 2008, when she was baptized as an adult, at 18 years old, by Father Burgess. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and most importantly, being active at Christ Church. Since joining Christ Church several years ago, she has been active with assisting Youth Group, being a member of ECW Trinity Guild, participating in a mission trip to Ometepe Island, serving on the Parish Nominating Committee, and most recently, began teaching Sunday School.”

Buildings and Grounds Commission: George Braun

George has been a member of Christ Church for 18 years. He is employed as IT Help desk manager and Vehicle Acquisitions manager for Union Park Buick, GMC, Jaguar and Volvo in Wilmington, Del. He brings a strong background in sales and marketing to our Vestry. George and his wife Tina are residents of Wenonah.

Communication: Jim Atkins

Jim is a retired newspaper editor who has been a member of Christ Church for five years. He is currently secretary/treasurer of our chapter of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew. He has previously served as a diocesan convocation/convention delegate. He works as a game-day employee for the Philadelphia Phillies. He and his wife Robin live in Sewell.

Doreen Mills

Mrs. Doreen Mills

Evangelism: Doreen Mills

Doreen was born in Easton, Pennsylvania and is a ‘cradle’ Episcopalian.  Following high school graduation, she attended Kutztown State College, receiving a B.S. degree in Elementary Education.  Her first teaching position took her to Bucks County, PA where she spent the next 38 years of her life teaching, raising a family, and serving in the community and her parish, The Church of the Incarnation in Morrisville, PA.  In that parish she served as a member of the vestry and program council, Sunday school teacher and superintendent, chalice bearer, youth group leader, and Diocesan delegate.  After retiring in 2008, she moved to New Jersey to be closer to her growing family and chose Christ Church, Woodbury as her church home.  At Christ Church she has lead bible study groups and coordinated activities for the women of the parish.  She is president of ECW Trinity Guild and has recently been elected to serve on the vestry.

Hospitality Commission: Matthew Seddon




Mrs. Tara Mass

Mission: Tara Mass

Tara has served on Vestry since 2012 as Mission Chair. Tara is married to Paul and has two children, Natalie & Pauly. Tara has has participated in a variety of areas to include audit committee, nomination committee, Sunday school teacher, lay reader and coffee hour host.


Mr. John Burrows

Outreach Commission: John Burrows

A graduate of Manchester University and the Royal Manchester College of Music, John spent twelve seasons with the English National Opera. He went on to be musical director of many theatre productions in London. In 1980, he was appointed head of the opera program at Southern Methodist University, and later took a similar position on the faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia. John is the founder of the Lyric Opera of Dallas, and was the company’s artistic director and principal conductor for ten seasons. He has appeared as guest conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra (at the Kennedy Center), English National Opera, London Savoyards, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Delaware, Shreveport Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Northeast, Opera Theatre of San Antonio, Nevada Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Pennsylvania Opera Theater. John and his wife, Melinda, have been parishioners of Christ Church for seven years.

Stewardship Commission: Kate Baldwin

Kate is a middle school art teacher who resides in West Deptford. She has been a member of Christ Church for 18 years and her past service includes leadership as warden for four years and a diocesan convocation/convention delegate. She also chaired the Vestry Selection Committee and served as a Sunday School teacher. A member of the ECW and Altar Guild, she and her husband Matt are pledging members of the Doane Society.


Programs and Activities Commission: Dottie Stewart

Dottie was confirmed at Christ Church, Woodbury and has been a member for over 30 years.  She is an active member of Altar Guild, ECW and a past member of the nominating committee.  Nominated to vestry in January 2016.  Dottie retired after working 34 years in the Bursar’s Office at Rowan University, serving as a Professional Services Specialist.  She grew up in Westville, NJ, graduated from Woodbury High School and Glassboro State College.  Dottie resides in Deptford Township with husband, Sagamore, (Sage).  They have been blessed with 2 daughters, Kia and Krystal and 8 grandchildren.

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