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!

Our Rector

Parish Administrator

Mr. Rob Meyer has been a member of Holy Innocents’ for the past 25 years. During his tenure he has served as Acolyte Master, Usher Coordinator, Chalice Bearer, Reader, and Vestry member. His term as a Church Warden ends in the upcoming year and we thank him for his dutiful service. Rob resides in Cedar Run with his wife Ellen, daughter Libby and 4-legged kids Gracie and Oliver.

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.

Our Deacon

The Vestry


Class of 2019


Mr. William Kehr
Mr. Fran Kleber
Ms. Karen Vaughan


Class of 2020

Ms. Margaret Aftanis
Mr. Richard Cashel
Ms. Judith Hamilton


Class of 2021
Ms. Melissa Wall

Robert Weidmann

​Diane Carter


Senior Warden


Junior Warden

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 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


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.