Susan Brown – Trustee

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The Church of Grace and Peace and has been involved in various ministries since 1997 including but not limited to; teaching Sunday School, Small Group Leader, serving in Seaside, the Food Pantry and is also currently serving on the Finance Team/Stewardship Team. In addition, Susan co-formed SIS (Single Moms in Sisterhood) a ministry for single moms here at The Church of Grace and Peace. Her heart is for equipping the single moms in and around our community and their children to be all that God created them to be. Susan is an accountant at a highly respected and well known local Accounting Firm. She also has a small tax practice of her own. She graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelors Degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting and has been working in the accounting field for over 20 years.

Fred Cordisco – Trustee

Cordisco_Fred CasualFred Cordisco joined the Board in January 2014. Fred is a First Vice President of Investments with UBS Financial Services.  Prior to joining UBS, he was a First Vice President Financial Advisor and Resident Director with Merrill Lynch. He was the former Resident Director of the Year Recipient as manager for 11 years in Toms River. He and wife Cathy live in Toms River, and have five children.

Jim Wehrer – Senior Pastor – Trustee/ Board Vice President


Jim grew up in Northern Jersey and gave his heart to Christ at the age of 19. Soon after he felt God was leading him to begin training for ministry. He spent 6 years as a youth pastor before joining the staff of The Church of Grace and Peace in 2001. Jim was GAP’s youth pastor for 10 years until becoming an Associate Pastor in July of 2011. In August of 2013 Jim was installed as Grace and Peace’s Lead Pastor as a part of the transition process to receive the leadership baton from our Founding Pastor Walter Healy.  On November 20, 2016, the transition was completed and Jim was installed as Senior Pastor. Jim has a Bachelor of Theology Degree from International Seminary in Florida and is a founding partner with the John Maxwell Team as a certified leadership growth and development coach, speaker and trainer. Jim carries a passion for the local church as well as leadership development and strong healthy marriages and families.  Contact Jim

Bob Guempel – Trustee

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He worked for Wakefern Food / Shop-Rite Supermarkets in both retail and corporate program development. Currently employed byEii, Inc., a family electrical
contracting business. Bob has served local churches as a trustee, small group leader and a pastoral advisor. He marvels at God’s order and creation as an outdoorsman. Bob lives in Toms River with his sweet wife, Karen and
children Greg and Laura Sue.

Walt Healy – Apostolic Overseer / Founding Pastor / Trustee Board President

Walt Healy is presently serving as apostolic overseer of The Church of Grace and Peace, as head of FaithNet USA, as Chancellor of Wagner Leadership Institute, Toms River, as overseer of the Apostolic Council of Christ Covenant Coalition, as a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders, and as Dover Township Police Chaplain.

Walt also serves on the Boards of The Church of Grace and Peace, Community Compass, Faith Net USA, Promised Land Equipping Network, End-Time Ministries, The Hope Center, Christ Covenant Coalition, Melva Lea Ministries, The United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders, and Shore Community Land Trust. He has seven children and twenty-seven grandchildren, all who currently reside in the Toms River area where they have been since 1968. 

Patti Magan – Trustee

Patti Magan serves on the boards of The Church of Grace & Peace and Community Compass. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, and her life scripture is 1Thes 5:11: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” She has been involved with many ministries at Grace & Peace including the Lakewood Outreach, Christians United for Israel, Life Groups, and SIS (Single Moms in Sisterhood). She is also actively involved in the Drama Ministry and greatly enjoys any opportunity to show the love of Jesus through the arts.

Frank Pell – Trustee/ Board Secretary

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Frank Pell and wife Patti are blessed with seven children and 21 grandchildren, who bring great joy to their lives. Frank has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, with over 30 years experience in the banking industry, working in information technology, and in office support environments. While employed by Sovereign Bank, he was honored by peers and managers, receiving nine “Red Carpet Champion” awards for service and the “Sovereign Pride Award” for “…demonstrating Red Carpet Service and exemplifying an outstanding combination of qualities including responsibility, integrity, dependability and work excellence.” Frank is currently employed as the Office Administrator for Kennedy Plumbing Heating Mechanical, LLC. Frank serves at Grace and Peace as a member of the Board of Trustees, Corporate Secretary and Head Usher.


Lou Scheidt – Trustee


Lou Scheidt, PE, PP has served as Innovative’s President and Chief Executive Officer since founding the firm in 1977 and is responsible for the direction and management of the firm’s overall operations. Innovative was recently acquired by Stantec and Lou has become one of their directors. Mr. Scheidt has over 35 years of engineering, planning, construction and management experience in the civil, energy and telecommunications engineering industries. Mr. Scheidt plays an active role during the execution of the firm’s engineering and planning projects, development of proposals and client relations. He is a leader on the energy and renewables team which encompasses Stantec’s solar, wind, power, utility and alternative energy projects. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Scheidt has been actively involved in the management, fund-raising and expansion of numerous community service organizations throughout New Jersey including the Monmouth/Ocean Food Bank, Toms River Kiwanis Club, Homes For All, Literacy Volunteers of Ocean County, Will Graham Celebrations, Community Compass, Grace Initiatives and the International Christian Wealth Builders Foundation. His lovely wife Yvonne is the Chairperson of The Church of Grace and Peace Mission Board and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Neil Lavender – Trustee


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Neil J Lavender, PhD.

Dr. Lavender is a lover of Jesus Christ who gave his heart to the Lord late in life at age 49. He has been married to the same wonderful woman since 1972. They share three children and nine grandchildren. He is a full-time psychologist, college professor and author presently spending his career researching, writing and studying God’s plan for Christian marriages.