The Episcopal Election Committee for the Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey: Biographies


Ms. Deborah Schmidt (Monmouth Convocation)
I currently reside in Little Silver. Attended high school in Tinton Falls and college in W. Long Branch. Worked in law enforcement, insurance claims adjuster, teacher, library board member, special education aide, and stay at home mom for 10 years.

Member of St. George's-by-the-River for 24+ years. Warden for 4 years (2007-2011), Historical Committee Chair, Buildings and Grounds Secretary, Altar Guild and Choir member, Family Promise and Lunch Break volunteer, chaired Canterbury Fair. Currently on Diocesan Trial Court and an MDG representative.

Constructed and renovated homes and a church on Mission Trips to: Montana in 2005, Mississippi in 2007 and 2008, Texas in 2010, and Ecuador in 2010.


The Reverend Canon Terrence W. Rosheuvel (Watchung Convocation)
Canon Terrence W. Rosheuvel was born in Guyana. He was ordained in 1968. He served as Vicar of St. Aidan's, Wismar, a mining town. He was also in charge of seven mission congregations along 150 miles of river. He emigrated to the u.s. in 1981 and became Rector of St. Thomas, Red Bank. He remodeled the church facilities. He helped start Lunch Break, Monmouth County's first soup kitchen. A founding member of the U.B.E chapter, he served on Diocesan Council, was President of the Standing Committee, and was a member of the last E.E.C. He is married with three children.


The Very Reverend Ronald H. Clingenpeel
Fr. Clingenpeel is a consultant to members working on committees relating to the Election of Bishops, Congregational Development, Organizational Management, and Leadership Training. He is process-oriented, pastoral, prayerful and caring.
He believes the search and transition process should be grounded in prayer, focused on God's call to ministry and faithfully committed to serve the people of God.

Past Consultations Diocese of Mississippi, West Tennessee, Western Louisiana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Kentucky, West Missouri, Washington (DC) • Congregations in the dioceses of Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri • Standing Committee in East Tennessee, Dallas and Western New York

Skills Deeply grounded in prayer • Comprehensive understanding of the Episcopal Elections process • Extensive understanding and experience of diocesan structure, canons, and functions • Trained in management skills, organization and leadership, including team development • Attention to details and deadlines • Administration and pastoral care

Diocesan Experience Standing Committee: Kansas, Louisiana • Commission on Ministry: Missouri •  Christian Education/Formation: Nebraska, Kansas, Louisiana •  Communications: Kansas, Louisiana •  College Ministry: Nebraska, Montana, Kansas, Louisiana • Deputy/Alternate to General Convention: Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, 1988-2012 • Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Louisiana, 1998-2002 • Deployment Officer, Diocese of Louisiana 1996-2002

Recent Memberships Conference of Diocesan Executives: 1996-2002 • Episcopal Elections Task Force: 1999-

Education B.S. Ed. University of Nebraska • M.Div. The General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church • Graduate study at Montana State University, University of the South School of Theology, Tulane University


Ms. Mary Lou Malone
Although most people consider Mary Lou a "Jersey Girl," she harbors a secret: she was actually born in Brooklyn NY during the last century. Her family moved to Gibbsboro, Camden County when she was 5. The Malones were received into Episcopal Church in 1968 and became members of St. John-in-the-Wilderness. Mary Lou began her service as a Sunday school teacher here, as well as blending her voice into the children's choir. When her parents decided to buy a tavern and go into their own business, the family moved to Berlin in 1971 and joined Church of the Good Shepherd. Mary Lou continued as a Sunday school teacher and served as Sunday school treasurer while attending Eastern Regional High School.

After graduating from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Mary Lou moved to Pennsylvania where she lived for nine years, managing fine jewelry and retail women's clothing stores. She moved back to Berlin in 1989 to rejoin the family business, which had been transformed into an ice cream parlour with a miniature golf course. The family business was sold in 1998, and Mary Lou returned to school as a non-traditional student, earning an AAS in Hospitality from Atlantic Cape Community College.

Mary Lou and her parents moved to Little Egg Harbor Township in Ocean County in 1999. They joined the Church of the Holy Spirit and have been active ever since then. Mary Lou served on Vestry for five years, including four as the (soon-to-be-former) Senior Warden. She worked for five years in the casino hotel industry, starting with the front desk and concierge at Harrah's, moving to the Sands as supervisor, first in public areas and then front desk. She continued to Caesars, progressing to manager of hotel operations. She now works for Wawa in Little Egg Harbor.

The Reverend Martha M. McKee
Martha McKee is Priest-in-charge at Church of the Holy Spirit in Tuckerton. She currently serves on the Finance and Budget Committee and as Treasurer of the Anti-Racism Commission. Martha was Dean of the Burlington Convocation and was on Diocesan Council. Martha has been in our Diocese for seventeen years and was sponsored by Church of the Holy Spirit in Lebanon. Prior to her ordination; she worked in environmental management for twenty years in both the public and private sectors, and as a licensed nursing home administrator in New Jersey. She and husband, Jim Olander, live in East Windsor.


Mrs. Daryl Albury
Daryl Albury has been a lifelong Episcopalian in the Diocese of New Jersey. On the parish level, her services have included Delegate to Diocesan Convention and Burlington Convocation; Warden, Vestry member; Search Committee Chair; Church School Superintendent; Eucharistic Minister/Lector. On the diocesan level, her activities have included Anti-Racism team member/trainer; memberships on the Cathedral Chapter (Trenton) and the South Jersey Chapter of the National Cathedral Association (Washington, D.C.); the Planning Committee for Bishop Councell's Consecration.

Daryl earned a B.A. from the College of New Jersey, her M.A. from Rowan University and taught high school for 20 years.

The Reverend Jayne J. Oasin
The Rev. Jayne Oasin was the Program Officer for Anti-Racism and Gender Equality at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. In this position she was responsible for the implementation of the Church's commitment to anti-racism, and the equality of opportunity for women in society and the church. Her principal focus has been the development of the national anti-racism training program for more than 80 dioceses and eight of the nine provinces in compliance with General Convention resolutions dating from 1991. To this end using more than twenty anti-racism training consultants, she continues to offer anti-racism training events for others who wish to participate in this crucial anti-oppression ministry and for those who are required to attend training as part of the ordination process.

Rev. Oasin has received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech Pathology, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management, and a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.

Prior to being at the Church Center she held a number of positions in the not-far-profit and public sectors including the YWCA, Planned Parenthood, New York City Department of Juvenile Justice and headed her own management consulting firm. She was also adjunct professor of Non-Profit Management at Eastern College, St. David's, PA, and The Executive MPA Program at Baruch College, New York City.

As a life-long Episcopalian Rev. Oasin has been active in her parish, in her home Diocese of New Jersey and in the national church. She has been a member of the vestry, parish search committee and evangelism committee; on the Diocesan Council, the Urban Ministry Committee, a consultant for the Economic Justice Committee, was the trainer for the Sexual Boundaries Training and a facilitator for the National Sexuality Dialogues. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Urban Caucus. She was previously the co-chairperson of the Alumni Executive Committee at the Episcopal Divinity School.

She has been an Associate Priest at St. Peter's Church in Medford, NJ, St. Augustine's Church in Camden, NJ, and St. Stephen's Church in Beverly, NJ. ln addition, she has preached in pulpits around the country. She is a contributor to two books, Women's Uncommon Prayers, and Race and Prayer.

Rev. Oasin currently resides in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and is the mother of two adult daughters, Joya, a translator and teacher and Alexandra, an attorney.


Mr. Virgil M. Johnson, Ed.D.
Dr. Johnson is a semi-retired educator who currently works part-time for Delaware Valley College. He has had his own educational consulting firm, and worked for the NJ School Boards Association.

During the past 25 years he has taught undergraduate education courses and graduate education courses (Rutgers, Rowan, and Delaware Valley) in curriculum development.

He has over 44 years experience in public and higher education in the state of New Jersey where he has served in both administrative and teaching positions.

Dr. Johnson holds a Bachelor's Degree from Western Carolina University, a Masters Degree from Temple University, and a Doctorate from Rutgers University.

The Reverend Dr. Jeffrey M. Kirk
I have served twenty-one years in the diocese as Rector of St. Mary's, Haddon Heights; Atonement, Laurel Springs; and since April 2010, Grace Church, Merchantville. Previously, I served in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, Maine, and Rochester, where in 1983 I Chaired the Screening Subcommittee of the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee.

My education includes a B.s. in Civil Engineering, and M.B.A. in Management, and M.Div., and a D. Min. I have been married thirty years to Betsey Watson Kirk. We have two grown children, Mollie and Andrew.

I nominated my seminary classmate, George Councell, to be our Bishop.


The Reverend Deacon Gail L. Bennett
Gail is a life-long Episcopalian in the Diocese of New Jersey. Before her ordination in 1985 to the Vocational Diaconate, Gail was an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for Central Jersey Bank and Trust Co. now Bank of America.

Gail has served the diocese as a member of the Evangelism Committee, the Auditing Committee, the Committee to the Disabled and is currently serving a 4th term as a member of the Finance and Budget Committee. She was an Alternate Deputy to General Convention in 2006, 2009 and now in 2012. Gail served on the Episcopal Election Committee for Bishop Councell.

Gail is a hospice chaplain and has served as assistant for pastoral care at St James, Bradley Beach and now at Trinity, Asbury Park. She has 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and in her spare time loves to garden and read.

Mr. Edgar K. Byham
Kim Byham and his partner of 27 years, Scott Helsel, have been active at Trinity, Asbury Park for ten years.

Kim has served as a deputy to General Convention and represented this Province on the Executive Council. He is currently chair of the Episcopal Church's Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility and is Coordinator-Designate of The Consultation (the consortium of progressive national organizations in the Episcopal Church). He served as National President of Integrity, the LGBT organization of the Church. He was President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Newark. Kim is now retired as an attorney.


The Reverend Gregory A. Bezilla
I'm the Chaplain of the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Rutgers in New Brunswick. I serve on the committees on Lifelong Christian Formation and the Priesthood. I'm Network Coordinator for Higher Education Ministries in

Province II and a priest associate of Christ Church-New Brunswick. I have ministered as a spiritual director at youth and young adult events, and I've been employed as a parish priest at St. George's-by-the-River (Rumson). the chaplain of the Mercer hospital of Capital Health System (Trenton). and as Interim Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center (New York).

Ms. Carole Forsythe
I have been a member of Christ Church, New Brunswick, since 1986 and have served in many capacities including Treasurer, Finance Chair, Property Chair, and Rector's Warden. Currently, I sing in the Parish Choir and work in the Food Pantry.

At the Diocesan Level, I have served on the Cathedral Chapter and the Diocesan Finance and Budget Committee; currently I am a member of the Diocesan Audit Committee. I work part time as a compliance consultant for the securities industry, although I may retire this year.


Mr Steven Isham
Steven Isham is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, where he served on the Vestry from 2006 to 2008. He currently chairs Trinity’s Parish Committee on Ministry and serves as co-mentor in the Education for Ministry (EfM) program. He is an Associate of the Order of Holy Cross in West Park, NY. Steve is a member of the board of trustees for the Trenton Cathedral Academy. He attended The General Theological Seminary in New York from 1999 through 2003 working on a MA degree in Christian Spirituality. His interests include ascetical theology, Benedictine spirituality, non-violence and social justice.

Mr. Isham is a Director, Data Analysis and Computational Research in the Research and Development Division at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ.  He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Lyndon State College in 1981 and a master's degree in statistics from the University of South Carolina in 1983.

The Reverend Arthur P. Powell
Fr. Powell was born in Camden in 1957 and was raised in Medford. He has an AA degree from Burlington County College. He is a graduate of Rutgers, Camden College of Arts and Sciences, with a degree in sociology, with a focus in psychological anthropology. In 1983 he graduated from The General Theological Seminary.

He was ordained deacon and priest in 1983. He has served as vicar of St. Martin in the Fields, Lumberton 1983-1986; curate of St. Andrew's, Mount Holly 1983-1986; rector of Church of the Holy Communion, Fair Haven 1986-1990; and as rector of St. James, Trenton (later Yardville) 1990 to present. Beginning in January 2012, he will serve as rector of Holy Apostles Team Ministry, serving the congregations of St. James' Yardville and St. Matthias', Hamilton.

In 1985 he married his wife, Lyn. They have one child who attends Northeastern University in Boston.


The Reverend Ronald N. Pollock
My name is Father Ronald Neal Pollock and by the grace of God I am humbled to continue to serve in my 14th year as Rector of St. John's in Somerville. I grew up in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. I am a life-long Episcopalian and my home parish was Christ Church in Riverton, NJ. I went to Elon University in North Carolina for my BA degree in Human Services and Psychology. I worked for 4 years in a group home for emotionally disturbed youth.

I graduated from The General Theological Seminary in NYC and was ordained deacon in May, 1994 and priest in December 1994, by Bishop Mellick Belshaw. I served as curate at St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville for four years before coming to St. John's in Somerville. I have been humbled to serve on the Episcopal Election Committee in the calling of Bishop George Edward Councell; the Search Committee for a new Dean, The Very Rev. Rene John, at Trinity Cathedral; The Committee on Priesthood, and director of the summer internship program; Diocesan Council; an alternate to General Convention, 2009; Dean of the Watchung Convocation, and other committees within and beyond the diocese. You can count on my prayers in the calling of a Bishop to the Episcopal Church serving here in our great diocese!

Mr. Richard Somerset-Ward
Mr. Somerset-Ward is Chair of the Worship Committee, confirmation teacher, and a former vestry member at St. Luke's, Gladstone. He was brought up in the Church of England where his father was a cathedral canon.

He has bachelors and masters degrees from Cambridge University, and for 21 years he was on the staff of the BBC - mainly on the foreign staff, latterly as Head of Music and Arts. He has lived in the United States for over 30 years and is an American citizen. He specializes in public media and served for many years as Senior Fellow of the Benton Foundation.


Ms. Donna Freidel
Ms. Freidel is a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Glassboro, where she co-teaches junior and senior high school with her husband of 27 years, Talbot Kramer, Jr. Tal and Donna also share a law practice and have three wonderful children, Talbot III, Mary, and Robert.

Donna has been honored to be on the MDGs Task Force since 2010. She is a long-time supporter of Family Promise of Gloucester County and was recently elected President of its Board of Trustees. She also served on the Board of Trustees for the Gloucester County Children's Choir.

The Reverend Edmund W. Zelley
I was born and raised in the Diocese. My father was the Rector of St. Luke's Metuchen. As a teen I served on Diocesan Youth Council. I have a BA in History from Grinnell College and an MDiv from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge MA. I was ordained by Bishop Belshaw to the Diaconate in June of 1993 and to the Priesthood in January of 1994 by Bishop Doss. I have served as the Curate at Grace Haddonfield from July1993 to December 1995, when I was called to be the Vicar of Holy Trinity Wenonah. I am now the Rector of that parish having seen them to parish status. I have just begun my 17th year here.

In the diocese I headed the Youth Ministry Commission, leading to the hiring of Kep Short. I have also served on Diocesan Council, Cathedral Chapter, and Insurance Committee and currently serve on the Committee on the Priesthood. I also was the chair of the Convention Planning Committee for several years.

I am married with two teenage sons.


Mrs. Rosa Peña-Brown
I was born in the Dominican Republic. My father died when I was three years old. I was raised by my mother and my older brothers. At the age of 13 years, I came to New York City, attended Junior High School and High School in Manhattan. I made my first communion in the Roman Catholic Church.

I am married to Emanuel Brown and have two children, Felix, 34, and Rosanna, 27, and have five grandchildren.

My last job was with Compassionate Care hospice. I hurt my back and now I'm out on permanent disability.

I have been a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Camden since 1999. Shortly aiter, I was elected to the vestry. I'm the treasurer, Eucharist Minster, in charge of the food pantry, assist in the office, member of the ECW, and the Hispanic Commission.

Ms. Annette Buchanan
Annette is a member of the Standing Committee, convener for the Urban Ministry Committee and has chaired the Right Onward Visioning Committee. She served on Diocesan Council, Finance & Budget Committee and the Anti-Racism Commission. At St. Augustine's, Asbury Park, she coordinates the first Sunday Soup Kitchen and has served as Junior Warden, Chair of Fundraising, Stewardship, and Building & Grounds Committees. She also served on two search committees. Annette is the President for the Earl B. Scott Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, was the past UBE National Secretary and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director.

Mr. Marcus Gales
I am a member of Christ the King in Willingboro where I serve on the vestry. I am also an usher and a member of the Men’s Group. I served as a deputy to the Diocesan Convention for the last five years. I was elected as an alternate delegate to the General Convention. I also attended the Diocese’s Anti-Racism Workshop. I am retired from the United States Air Force having served in the reserves and on active duty assignments. I have been married for 34 years and have three adult children over the age of twenty-five. I recently became a grandfather to a granddaughter.

The Reverend Margaret Hodgkins
Peggy Hodgkins serves at St. Elizabeth's Church, a lively urban parish in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She is the former rector of St. Andrew's Church and School in New Providence, NJ. Ordained from the Diocese of Newark in 1996, she has ministered in the Diocese of New Jersey since 2001. Presently she is co-chair of the Planned Giving Committee and scribe for the Committee on Priesthood. After studying Russian in college, she worked at NBC News, and once traveled the trans-Siberian railroad with her husband. She practices iconography at the Prosopon School.

The Reverend Jennifer L. Replogle
The Reverend Jenny Replogle was ordained as a priest in December 2011 and serves as the curate at Trinity Church, Princeton, where she works with youth, senior adults, and outreach. She grew up in Louisiana and attended Mississippi College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2005. She completed a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2010 followed by a year of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. She loves to be outdoors skiing, hiking, cycling, or running, and reading, writing, and long meals with good friends.

The Reverend Deacon Sharon L. Sutton
The Rev. Sharon Sutton was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in June 2007 by the Rt. Rev. George Councell. In July 2007, she became the first vocational deacon in the 126-year history of St. Stephen's Church (Riverside). Deacon Sharon is passionate about diaconal ministry, which" ... calls us to view the world and the Church with a discerning eye." She has served on Deacons' Council. She is currently a member of the Committee on the Sudan and the Urban Ministry Committee. In addition to being certified yoga teacher, she is a graduate of Rutgers University (B.A., Computer Science).

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