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

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

Walt Healy is presently serving as Apostolic Overseer of the Church of Grace and Peace, head of FaithNet USA, and as member of the Apostolic Council of Christ Covenant Coalition, the Executive Leadership Council of the United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders, and as Police Chaplain for the Toms River NJ Police Department.
Walt also serves on the Boards of the Church of Grace and Peace, Community Compass, FaithNet USA, Promised Land Equipping Center, End-Time Ministries, The Hope Center, Christ Covenant Coalition, Melva Lea Ministries, the United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders, Shore Community Land Trust, and the Toms River Housing and Homeless Coalition.
Walt and his wife, Maureen, have seven children and twenty-nine grandchildren. He and his family reside at the Jersey Shore where they have been since 1968.

Maureen Healy – Co-Founding Pastor

Maureen Healy is a wife, mother, grandmother and pastor.  She is mother of seven children and grandmother of twenty-five!  She was born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1973.  Since then she has been involved in different ministries such as prayer meetings, Women’s Aglow, tape lending library and retreats.  Maureen co-founded The Church of Grace and Peace with her husband, Walter, in 1985.  Presently she travels with her husband in connection with the International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders and FaithNet USA.

Ralph Freda – Senior Associate Pastor

Ralph Freda joined the staff of The Church of Grace and Peace in 1987 and was one of the founding trustees of the church. He is currently the Senior Associate Pastor and a pastoral Elder. Ralph oversees all Christian Education here at The Church of Grace and Peace which includes discipleship, formal education and periodic informal education. As a Pastoral Overseer he helps coordinates pastoral care, church membership, water baptism, and baby/child dedications. Ralph was saved in June 1979. Prior to becoming a pastor he taught guitar and 5-string banjo. He was also a production coordinator at a military manufacturing plant. In 2009 he received his Doctorate Diploma in Practical Ministry from the Wagner Leadership Institute. Presently Ralph also serves as Dean of the Wagner Leadership Institute-Toms River. Ralph and his wife, Rosemary, have one adult son John. To Ralph, his greatest experiences with God are being able to hear His voice and to know His mercies are new every morning. Contact Ralph

James Wheeler – Worship Pastor

James Wheeler came to The Church of Grace and Peace in January, 2011. He serves as Worship Pastor over the worship, graphic arts, and multi-media ministries. God’s call has unfolded as a life journey for James that has given him a diverse array of ministry opportunities. He received his under-graduate degree in Trombone performance and a Master of Arts in Worship Studies from Oral Roberts University. James has performed live as a trombonist on television and in professional symphonies and pops orchestras. With music missions teams he has ministered in the U.S. as well as abroad in Finland, Estonia, Scotland and Japan. He has extensive experience as a studio-recording musician, staff arranger, creative director, songwriter and producer.  He and his wife Christine have one child, their miracle baby Allegra. Contact James

Tom Kluender – Counseling Pastor

Tom joined the pastoral staff of The Church of Grace and Peace in 2010 as Counseling Pastor. Tom oversees the men’s counseling department and oversees leadership development. Tom regularly teaches at GAP’s Institute of Biblical Studies (IBS), Institute of Biblical Counsel (IBC) and has taught at Wagner Leadership Institute (WLI). Tom also serves as Pastor of Redeemed City Ministries, an addiction recovery aftercare program. Tom’s ministry passion is to see men’s lives changed and when men’s lives are changed families are changed which changes communities. Tom is married to his wonderful wife Josette and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Contact Tom

Tom Hoffman – Pastor


Tom has been married to Sandra for 28 years and has two sons. The oldest son, Joe, was married in 2014 and is now living in California. Their youngest son, Brian, is currently engaged to be married and living in Toms River. 

His Bible-based background includes the following: graduate of The Grace and Peace Institute of Biblical Studies and The Grace and Peace School of Ministry. In addition, Tom is a licensed/staff pastor, itinerate minister at various churches in the areas of Pastoral Care Counseling for individuals, groups, couples, families and bereavement issues. His academic degrees include the following: AAS in Business/Paralegal, BA in Natural Science/Mathematics, Masters in Counseling and Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Tom was also a High School teacher in Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics, Pre-engineering instructor and Robotics. He holds numerous patents, invention disclosures and related documents in various areas of Chemistry. Tom is the author and producer of “Healing Scriptures CD.” Contact Tom

Bob Oettinger – Discipleship Pastor

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Bob Oettinger joined the staff at The Church of Grace and Peace in April 1999 and oversees our Life in the Vine Discipleship. His ministry passion is to see others come to a place of maturity in Christ, bearing fruit for Him, and expanding His kingdom through their gifts and talents. Bob and his wife Debbie have two children. He enjoys his grandbabies and would like to travel to Alaska, Israel and the mid-west.  Contact Bob

Lisa Martin – Children’s Pastor

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Lisa Martin came to the Church of Grace and Peace in 1990 and began serving in children and youth ministry. In 1993 she pioneered the mid-week children ministries, Rangers and Missionettes. In 1995 she became licensed as a Minister and has since become a Pastor and Elder. Lisa grew up in Toms River. After graduating high school she completed the Discipleship Training School at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and served in local and foreign missions. She has a wonderful family, her husband Steve of over 25 years, a daughter and two sons. Contact Lisa

Gabrielle Huber – Co-Youth Pastor

Nate and Gabrielle Huber have been the youth pastors at Grace and Peace since 2013. Both Nate and Gabrielle grew up at Grace and Peace and consider it an honor to be pastoring in the youth ministry they once attended as teenagers. They have been serving as leaders in youth ministry for over 11 years. They both completed a 3 year ministry training and internship program before becoming pastors. Their mission is to equip students to live out their faith in Jesus and to live counter-culturally to what the world is throwing at them. They desire for the students to live out their God-given purpose. In their spare time, they love to write, read, run, and travel whenever possible.