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Meet our Staff

Rev. Dr. Vicki Miller Brendler, Lead Pastor 

vmbrendler@bridgewaterumc.org

(908) 526-1414 ext. 3
Vicki  joined the staff of BUMC in July of 2004 after serving as the Raritan Valley District Superintendent.  She previously served congregations in Belvidere, Fairmount/Gladstone, Union Village, Irvington, and Buttzville/Free Union. She and her husband, Larry W. Brendler, have four daughters:  Sarah married to Kurt Kinzel , Rebecca married to Ryan Bleck, Rachel married to Bill Melick, and Jessica married to Howard Naulty. Vicki takes great joy in being the Grammy of Elijah and Nathan Kinzel and Alyssa and Kristie Naulty and looking forward to the arrival of Beth Ann Bleck.  She has a BA degree from Montclair State University, Masters of Divinity from Drew Theological School, and Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She was ordained in 1975--one of the earliest women in the UMC in New Jersey.  Her hobbies include organic gardening, reading, swimming, and people.

Rev. June Lee Tamburro, Associate Pastor of Discipleship

jtamburro@bridgewaterumc.org

(908) 526-1414 ext. 8
Pastor June was commissioned as a deacon at Annual Conference. In addition to serving as an associate pastor at Bridgewater UMC, focusing on the development of small groups, confirmation training, pastoral care, and Christian education for children. She is a native of N.J. and received her BS in Economics from Rutgers and her Masters of Theology from Drew Theological School in 2010. She is a provisional Deacon and at present is participating in Clinical Pastoral Education at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick.  She also has a passion for social justice, and has worked within the N.J. prison system. She loves to use her gift of teaching to help others grow in their walk of discipleship.  Pastor June is married to Gerry who works in financial management.  They have two young adult children:  Kristin and Johnnny.

Rev. Benjamin J. Lee, Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation

blee@bridgewaterumc.org

(908) 526-1414 ext. 6
Pastor Ben has been serving as and associate pastor here since July of 2015 while he completes his Master of Divinity at Drew Theological School.  Pastor Ben works with our youth, the men's group, and is part of the preaching and sacramental ministry of the church.  Prior to coming to Bridgewater, he served Summerfield UMC and Oxford Colonial UMC. Before that, he served in the Air Force and then the National Park Service, experiences which taught him that people from different backgrounds can unite around common hopes. He hopes his ministry can encourage connections between people and God and one another through creative worship, trusting relationships, and life-changing service.  He enjoys music, cooking, and a good story. Pastor Ben is married to Melissa who is a Registered Nurse.  They have four young children:  Owen, Finnegan, Colin, and Clementine.

Evan Currie, Director of Traditional Music/Organist

ecurrie@bridgewaterumc.org

(908) 526-1414 ext. 7

 

 

Mary Beth Gruber , Treasurer/Financial Manager

mgruber@bridgewaterumc.org

(908) 526-1414 ext. 4

Mary Beth joined the staff in August of 2016.  She brings with her many years of work both as an accountant and as an educator. Mary Beth is married to Jim and they have 2 young adult children: Allyson and Ricky.

Nick Jankucic, Property Manager

office@bridgewaterumc.org

(908) 526-1414 ext 0 (leave a message)

Nick joined the staff in August of 2009 and brings a wide variety of experience to help us care for our buildings!     He is married to Audrey and they enjoy their dogs and cooking together!

Janet Ledbetter, Administrative Assistant

jledbetter@bridgewaterumc.org

(908) 526-1414 ext. 9

Janet joined the staff in April of 2007 and brings both secretarial and financial administrative skills.  She is not fond of the cold weather and loves having time at their place in Florida!  She is married to Bill and has two daughters: Jessica and Allyson.

Diana Ryan Berenter, Child-Care Coordinator

office@bridgewaterumc.org

(908) 526-1414 ext.0 (leave a message)

Diana joined the staff in 2004 and has been working with our young children and their families and care-takers ever since.  We are thankful for her deep commitment to our youngest disciples!

 

 


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