Board of Trustees

John Bishop, Retired Business Executive
Class of 2022, third term | Palisades District, North Region

Mr. Bishop, a retired senior accounting and general management executive, served for 16 years as President of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey Council on Finance and Administration.

Dr. Dale Caldwell, CEO, Strategic Influence
Class of 2022, third term | Capital Region, Central District

Dr. Caldwell is CEO of the management consulting firm, Strategic Influence, and served as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and Executive Director of the Newark Alliance.

Hon. Michael Chagares, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
Class of 2023, third term | Palisades District, North Region

Judge Chagares has served as judge for the 3rd Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, headquartered in Newark, since his 2006 appointment by President George W. Bush.

Rev. Chris Heckert, Senior Pastor, Haddonfield United Methodist Church
Class of 2023, third term | Gateway South District, South Region

Rev. Heckert is Senior Pastor at Haddonfield United Methodist Church, after previously serving as an executive of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Senior Pastor at Morrow United Methodist Church in Maplewood.

Michael Hertl, Architect, Li-Saltzman Architects
Class of 2022, first term | Gateway North District, North Region

Mr. Hertl has more than five years of professional experience in architecture, including new construction, renovation, and restoration work for commercial, institutional, and residential properties in New Jersey and New York.

Niurca Louis, Social Services Executive
Class of 2021, second term | Capital District, Central Region

Ms. Louis served as Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Family and Community Partnerships of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, as part of her 20-plus-year career in managing social services.

Dr. Wilbert Mitchell, Executive Director, Respond, Inc.
Class of 2021, third term | Gateway South, South Region

Dr. Mitchell founded Respond Inc. in 1967 to enhance and promote the economic independence and general welfare of those residing in Camden City and County, a not-for-profit corporation of community residents; Respond Inc. delivers services in job training, child care, elder care, affordable housing, and assistance to homeless persons.

Dr. Patricia Morton, Director, Planning and Development, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborate Neuroscience Rutgers University

Class of 2021, third term | Capital District, Central Region

Dr. Morton is Director of Planning and Development at the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience and a Professor at Rutgers University, and has worked with the Communities of Shalom National Committee and on international development projects.

Rev. Enger Muteteke, Pastor, Good Shepherd UMC and Lifegate UMC
Class of 2022, first term | Cape Atlantic District, South Region

Rev. Muteteke, pastor of two United Methodist Churches in South Jersey, also serves as a consultant in strategic planning and workshop and retreat facilitation.

Bishop John Schol, United Methodists of Greater New Jersey
Class of 2021, third term

Bishop Schol oversees more than 530 churches in the State of New Jersey and portions of New York and Pennsylvania. He formerly served as United Methodist Bishop of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and executive for housing and community development.

Marion Zajac, Retired Executive
Class of 2023, first term | Capital District, Central Region

Ms. Zajac, retired Entrepreneurship and Small Business Director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, serves as an adviser on social entrepreneurship.

Robert Zuckerman, Treasurer, United Methodists of Greater New Jersey
Class of 2023, first term | Northern Shore District, Central Region

Mr. Zuckerman was appointed Treasurer of the United Methodists of Greater New Jersey in 2020 after an executive finance career in the global retail industry.


Sanford Brown, Esq., Attorney

Phone: 732-517-0722
257 Monmouth Road #103
Oakhurst NJ 07755

Mr. Brown, Co-chancellor of the United Methodists of Greater New Jersey, established his own firm in 2002 after having practiced in the Monmouth County area for almost 24 years.


President: Rev. Chris Heckert
Vice President: Niurca Louis
Treasurer: Robert Zuckerman
Secretary: Sanford Brown, Esq.

A Future With Hope Staff

Andrea Wren-Hardin, Hope Center Developer

Affiliated GNJ Staff

Anne Marie Ruvelas, Senior Accountant