The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents 


Judith Krom is our Deacon-Almoner. She is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Krom retired after many years in higher education administration. She resides in Brick, New Jersey and is a widow of Dr. Bernard Braen. Dr. Krom is an alumna of Gordon College, Syracuse University, The State University of New York at Buffalo, and our diocesan School for Deacons. Her principal vocation is as a nursing home chaplain; she offers this ministry at Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation Unit in Brick, New Jersey. As Almoner of our Parish, Dr. Krom keeps the discretionary purse for use in distributing alms for the relief of the needy. She Co-chairs our diocesan Commission on Recovery, and is on the Deacon's Council. Dr. Krom participates in the Liturgy, offers adult education opportunities in the Parish, and is one of the organizers and leaders of the Parish's 2012 pilgrimage to Israel. She also participates with the team from Holy Innocents' serving in the Family Promise Shelter in Manahawkin. Dr. Krom has four children and seven grandchildren.

The Diocese of New Jersey covers the southern two-thirds of the State of New Jersey- roughly those counties south of Interstate-78. Our See City (that place where our Cathedral Church is located) is Trenton, the state capital. Our Diocese is one of the oldest in The Episcopal Church, and one of the largest in numbers of Parishes and Missions, and Communicant strength.

Frank Crumbaugh is the fourth Rector of the Parish. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He was educated at Memphis University School, Centre College, and The General Theological Seminary. He has undertaken additional studies at The College of Preachers in Washington, DC. He is an alumnus of Trinity/Wall Street's Clergy Leadership Project and has participated in CREDO. 

Father Crumbaugh presently serves our Diocese on The Committee on the Priesthood, and on the Convention Committee on Deceased Members. 

He was diocesan Chairperson of the 2012 Nets-for-Life Campaign, which sought to raise awareness of the dangers of malaria, particularly among children. The Campaign exceeded its $120,000 goal, raising $127,000 to purchase over 10,000 mosquito nets for use in preventing malaria among children in sub-Saharan Africa.  Father Crumbaugh also has served our Diocese on the Standing Committee, the Standing Committee on Constitution and Canons, the Task Force on Restructure, the Trial Court, as Intake Officer, as a member of the Loan & Grant Committee, and the planning committee for Clergy Days. 

Father Crumbaugh is married to The Rev'd Gretchen D. Zimmerman. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Our Deacon-Almoner

Our Rector

Our Associate Priest

Father Charles Arlin is currently the Associate Priest at Holy Innocents. He is a graduate of Hobart College and the General Theological Seminary. Father Arlin is married to the former Jane Carolyn McDonough. Together they have four children and ten grandchildren. He has served parishes in the dioceses of Central New York, and Newark, New Jersey. Father Arlin was also the Headmaster of two schools and is a retired Army Chaplain (LTC). He retired in 2010, then served as interim in two parishes.

Mr. William Kehr, “Bill”, is warden of Holy Innocents. He and his wife, Ellen, retired to LBI in late 2009 and reside in Beach Haven Inlet . Bill and Ellen have 3 sons and 4 grand-daughters. Bill has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. He retired as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after 36 years of clinical practice and administrative work. He served several terms as Warden, Vestry member and Search Committee member in his prior Episcopal Church in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, where he was also a Licensed Lay Chalicist and Lector. Bill continued his service as a Chalicist and Lector upon joining Holy Innocents Beach Haven and in 2012 he was elected as a Vestry member.


The Vestry


Class of 2018

Ms. Margaret Aftanis
Mr. Richard Cashel
Ms. Kay DeCicco


Class of 2019

Mr. Allen Lee
Ms. Kim Sparks
Ms. Melissa Wall



Class of 2020


Ms. Judy Hamilton
Mr. Fran Kleber
Ms. Karen Vaughan



Mr. Rob Meyer




Mr. William Kehr



Church Wardens

Our Church Wardens and Vestry

The Wardens and Vestry are a group consisting of  "adult, Confirmed communicants in good standing," elected by the Annual Meeting of the Parish, serving together with a Priest or Bishop called by the Vestry. The Episcopal Church of The Holy Innocents, Beach Haven is blessed with committed, active leadership. Each of them has unique gifts and strengths, and together they collaborate well to lead the membership.

Our Bishop


Our Bishop is the Twelfth Bishop of New Jersey,

The Right Reverend William "Chip" H. Stokes. Bishop Stokes earned a Master of Divinity Degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York in 1990 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattan College in 1987. He was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary. He and Susan Stokes have been married for 38 years, and have four children and two grandchildren.