A special welcome goes out to Rev Ray Schmeling, our new pastor; his wife Joanne; and their son Matthew, and a Jack Russell Terrier named, Jacques. They live in the Villages, here in Freehold. They also have a married daughter, Melanie, son-in-law Ryan, and two teenage grandchildren, Taylor and Noah who live in Folsom, NJ. Ray Schmeling has a passion about sharing Jesus with others, teaching the Word of God, and reaching out to the less fortunate. He is a second career pastor, yet, he is now in his 27th year serving in that role. He is both a lifelong Methodist and lifelong resident of NJ. He has served as the Chairperson of the Local Pastors’ Fellowship, where he met and became good friends of Jerseyville's Pastor Emeritus, Bev, and her husband, Ray Jones. Pastor Ray has also served on the executive committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry. He is a graduate of Wesley Seminary’s Course of Study School.
A Church in the Community, for the Community: Jerseyville
With its tall, white spire reaching towards the heavens, Jerseyville United Methodist Church serves as a beacon of God’s light in the surrounding community. The church is just off Route 33, on Howell Road, its spire visible from quite a distance and well known to locals.