Rev. Heather Sugden, Pastor

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The Reverend Heather Sugden is currently from Absecon, NJ where most recently she served as the part-time Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in Galloway and was a full time Chaplain at Atlantic Care, Mainland Hospital.


Previously she had worked in hospice chaplaincy of AltantiCare and as part of the ELCA’s Division for Global Mission, she taught High School English in Namibia, South Africa.

She is dedicated to Pastoral visitations for the ill and homebound and has specific interests in growing the church community through Bible studies, stewardship and social events.


Her experiences include working with community outreach programs to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Along with her husband and two children Pastor Sugden is involved in baseball, swimming, Girl Scouts and basketball.


Teresa Minnix is a Mays Landing native.


Teresa is an elementary school music teacher in Absecon. She has a long history of providing worship leadership in several in southern New Jersey and has led choirs throughout New Jersey.  A fun fact is Teresa led the Kinstar International Bilingual School in Beijing, China. 

Teresa teaches piano in private homes and loves to direct bell choirs.

Teresa Minnix, Organist/Choir Director

Dorine Rosier, Office Assistant

Dorine Rosier is a life-long Vineland resident.

She brings over 20 years of experience in a non-profit office environment and constantly keeps her skills up-to-date.  For 12 years she fed homeless in Wilmington, DE where she also helped to raise almost 2 million dollars in that time.   Dorine is most humbled by the Wilmington Award she received for the oversight of providing over 12,000 children presents at  Christmas time. 


A fun fact  is one of her daughters was Miss Vineland 2018 and her other daughter is Miss Stars & Stripes' Outstanding Teen 2021 in the Miss America Program.

Dorine is married and has 4 children and is an avid photographer and Eagles fan!

2021 Church Council 

Jerry Amari - President

Ginny Workman - Vice President

Harry Fisher - Secretary

Larry Gilbert - Treasurer

Kathleen Clay 

Robert Cook

Linda Foster

Matthew Johnson

Nancy Manzoni

Dale Nichols

Susan Papiano

Georgia Salvaryn

Allyson Stierle - Youth Rep.