The Reverend Valerie T. Redpath, Rector
Mother Val earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University, South Orange. She worked as a staff nurse and taught as an OB/Gyn nursing instructor. Val was raised as a Roman Catholic and received into the Episcopal Church in 1994. While at her home parish, Christ Church in Toms River, she served on vestry, organized the hospitality ministries, food pantry and flower ministry; she also sang in the choir, served as a lay Eucharistic minister and lector. She served as a host for Interfaith Hospitality Network and coordinated blood drives for the Red Cross.
After graduation from The General Theological Seminary she was ordained a priest in the diocese of New Jersey in January 2005. Since ordination she has served as hospice chaplain, certified interim and, for the last eleven years, as the conference chaplain for a group of iconographers at Kanuga Conference Center, NC. She was Vice President of the Greater Long Branch Ministerium. She served on the diocesan Liturgical Commission and was elected Dean of Monmouth Convocation. She currently is a member of the Committee on the Diaconate and Anti-Racism Commission. For over seven years, she was the Rector at St James’ Church in Long Branch.
Val enjoys weekly lectionary study with clergy colleagues, retreats at Holy Cross Monastery, painting sacred icons, gardening, boating, baking, traveling, and date nights with her husband, Mike Redpath, who leads retreats and quiet days and is actively involved in the diocese. Mike and Val have two grown sons and one grandson.