The ELCA is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world.  Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made know to us in Jesus Christ.  Through worship, service and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God's grace in our lives.  The organization is made We are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  up of nearly 10,500 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands with nearly five million members. 
The New Jersey Synod is a geographical grouping of congregations of the ELCA.  It is one of 65 ELCA synods which share the mission and ministry of the Church in New Jersey.  It is composed of approximately 190 congregations with 80,000 baptized members. 
     Church Staff
     Pastor:  Rev. Jeffrey H. Rickards
     Music Director:  Scott J. Breiner
     Church Secretary:  Diana McArdle
     Custodian:  Carlos Torres


    Officers and Church Council
       President: Jim Forman* (2019)
       Vice President: Joyce Bianco (2019)
       Secretary:  Jill Welfield* (2020)
       Treasurer:  Heidi Toth
       Financial Secretaries:  Ruth Bowden, Sandy Piskun, and
                                                      Jill Welfield
                                            *Also council members
     Remaining Council Members     
Charles Bowden (2020)
      Jim Cordery (2018)
      Linda Rihl  (2019)
      Brenda Traa (2019)
      Steve Gring (2020)  (Year denotes end of Council Term)

Ministries, Teams, and Organizations 

Team Leader(s) and Council Liaison (L) (where appropriate)
Call (609) 927-3082 for additional information

 Senior Choir - Scott Breiner 
 Junior Choir -  Shirley Blankenship
 Confirmation - Pr. Rickards, John Carlson
 Support Team - Charles Bowden, Pr. Rickards
 Worship Team -  Scott Breiner, Pr. Rickards,  Diana McArdle
 Wedding Coordinator -  Roberta Blumenthal
 Education - Cheryl Rusiecki
 Children's Ministry - Cheryl Rusiecki
 Head Usher -  John Staples  
 Facilities Team - Karl Suckiel,  Anders Johnson  
 Building Use -  Jill Welfield, Diana McArdle, Jane Thompson
 Synod Council Representative - Shirley Blankenship

 Ecumenical Food Pantry - Jim Cordery, George McNally
 Outreach - Jill Welfield, Pr. Rickards, Dr. Bob Hughes
 The Messenger  (newsletter) - Linda Rothermel, Diana McArdle
 Tape Ministry -   Jim Foreman (L), Larry Rusiecki
 Website - John Staples
 Fellowship - Mary Goodman
 Altar Guild - Brenda Traa (L)
 WELCA (Lutheran
 Church Women) - Bettie Cross
 Grace Stitchers (Knitters) -  Bettie Cross
 Peace Quilters -  Shirley  Blankenship 
 Pastoral Care - Joyce Bianco, Jane Thompson, Pr. Jeff Rickards



Grace Lutheran Church
11 E. Dawes Ave
(on Shore Road between Meyran
 and Dawes Aves)
Somers Point, New Jersey 08244
(609) 927-3082

Office Hours:
Mon - Thur 09:00am - noon