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 is a member of our diocesan Commission on Recovery. 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.
Mrs. Lisa Halpin is our parish administrator and comes to us from Manahawkin, New Jersey. Lisa is active in the Beach Haven Community and also works at the Surflight Theatre. She handles our schedule, arrangements for Memorial Garden niches, and much much more. She is full of hospitality and helpfulness!
Mr. William Kehr, “Bill”, is again a Warden of the Church. He and his wife, Ellen, retired to LBI in late 2009 and reside in the Beach Haven Inlet section of Holgate on the southern end of the Island. Bill and Ellen have 3 sons, 4 grand-daughters and a grandson. Bill has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University and retired as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after 36 years of clinical practice and administrative work. While living in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, he served several terms as Warden, Vestry member and Search Committee member for Christ Episcopal Church, Coudersport, Pa as well as a Licensed Lay Chalicist, Lector, and usher. Upon official letter of transfer to Holy Innocents’ in 2010, Bill continued his service as a Licensed Lay Chalicist, Lector and usher. In 2012 and 2017 he was elected to the Vestry as well as serving as Warden in 2015--2016. He served as Search /Discernment Chairperson in 2018-2019 culminating in the Call of Mother Caroline in May 2019.
Rev. Dr. Caroline Carson, aka "Parson Carson", originally from Charleston, SC, comes to us from the Sewanee School of Theology at The University of the South by way of her most recent home, New Orleans and the Diocese of Louisiana. She formerly taught at The University of New Orleans and was Director of Music at St. Paul's Episcopal, state ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) president, and assistant with the New Orleans Civic Symphony. Mother Caroline is a missioner interested in global partnerships, peacemaking, interfaith relationships, pastoral care, the environment, and Anglican ecumenism. She is an active member of the Episcopal Communicators and is a NASA Solar System Ambassador. She has high energy and enthusiasm for life and is dedicated to intentional discipleship, learning, pastoral sensitivity, missional engagement, and recognizing the movement of the Holy Spirit in all levels of the world today. Rev Dr. Carson loves people, coffee, space, travel, photography, and her mischievous cat Bluebell.
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.
Kay Regan-DeCicco lives in an active adult community in Waretown and has been an active communicant at Holy Innocents for 14 years. She grew up in the Bay Area of Northern California and moved to the east coast where she worked in public transportation for over 30 years. She served two terms on the Vestry and led our parish participation in Way of St. Paul, an innovative Diocesan initiative designed to help churches grow in discipleship, strength, effectiveness and numbers. She has served as Junior Warden since January of 2019.
Our Music Director
Ellen J. Dondero serves as Minister of Music and Organist at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church. Ministries include playing for Sunday services, as well as other special services throughout the year as well as directing Innocents’ Choir. In addition, she is coordinator for the Spring Concert Series and the annual Messiah Sing. Ellen grew up in a large household and is one of eight children raised by two musician parents. Music has always been a very important part of her life. She received her college education at Westminster Choir College, in Princeton New Jersey, earning a Bachelor’s in Music Education. In addition to her position at Holy Innocents, Ellen manages two retail stores in Beach Haven; How to Live and How to Live Bayside, and serves as Associate Conductor for Capital Singers of Trenton. She is married to John P. Dondero, and together they have three adult children, all performing musicians.
Class of 2021
Ms. Melissa Wall
Class of 2022
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' in Beach Haven is blessed with a committed, active leadership through faithful service. Each of the warden and Vestry has unique gifts and strengths, and together they collaborate well to lead the membership.
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.