Senior Pastor: Reverend Mark Hardy
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Pastor Mark came to know the Lord as a young man and grew up in the Wareham Church of the Nazarene. He graduated from Wareham High School and went on to attend Eastern Nazarene College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Religion. While at Eastern Nazarene College he met his wife Amy. Pastor Mark and Amy were married March 1991 and have three children Abigail, Heather and Hannah, and one grandchild, Aleigha.
Pastor Mark is an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene and has been in ministry for 30 plus years. He has served throughout Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Pastor Mark has worn many hats as senior pastor, youth pastor and associate pastor.
Pastor Mark has also served as the Philadelphia District Work and Witness Coordinator since 2006 and has participated on more than 20 mission trips. He is the Philadelphia District Disaster Coordinator and has been trained by NDR and FEMA in disaster response. Pastor Mark has a heart for missions and the church.
Pastor Mark has also been involved with the Cape May Holiness Association (Erma Camp) and served as Youth Pastor for many years. Currently he serves on the Board as 1st Vice President. Mark loves to cook and most evenings during camp you will find him in the kitchen.
Pastor of Youth and Worship: Reverend Matthew Brown
Matt is originally from New York City where he found his love for mentoring students and music. He is very high energy and loves games, acting, sports, music (and a wide number of other things!) and spending time with teens and people; learning about life and swapping stories. Laughter and joy is a constant aspect of his life, especially when it comes through fellowship with people. Matt believes that in the presence of the Lord, we can have joy and laughter and peace in the midst of the storm and trial. If we trust in Him, we can smile knowing that He is always with us.
Matt is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College with a degree in Elementary Education. He taught for a very short time, but found his calling is to aid students in making decisions for the Lord. While at ENC, he was actively involved in youth ministries on the New England District and actively involved in ENC’s Summer Ministries across the Northeastern USA. Afterwards, he served with a ministry internship in Urban Philadelphia and then was a youth intern at Petersburg Church of the Nazarene in Western PA. After that, he became a youth pastor on the Philadelphia district in 2011.
His promise verse comes from Psalm 27:1: The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?
Office Administrator: Debbi Fricker
I am originally from the other end of the state in Bergen County. I was brought up in a small town named Glen Rock and growing up always attended church with my family. My husband Bill and I have been married for 36 years this year (2015) and have one son together. We came to Cape May County for many years on vacation before re-locating here in 1995.
When we arrived we went church searching and within months found a wonderful home here at Seashore Community Church of the Nazarene. The people here have become our family and have made us feel loved and at home since we walked in the door in August of 1996.
I have served the Lord here in many capacities at various times; on the Church Board, Women’s Ministry, Adult Bible Study teacher and the Youth department. I have been truly blessed and humbled with the opportunities in which I have been allowed to serve. I am grateful for the continued chance to serve God’s church, my church family and all those who come through our doors in search of something. I am excited that I have the opportunity to serve in the office and I look forward to what God will do in my life and in the lives of others every day.
I also look forward to seeing the smiling faces of the children in our daycare each day, drying their tears and giving hugs when needed. Imagine how loved one feels to get 50 hugs every day with no expectation of anything in return, just love freely given, its like getting 50 hugs from Jesus every day.
I am blessed in every way.
Almond Weech – Compassionate Care Coordinator
My name is Almond Weech and it is an honor and absolute privilege to be considered among those to assist in the work of Lord. It is truly a humbling experience. Furthermore, I am elated to be associated with such an outstanding organization as the International Church of the Nazarene, Philadelphia district particularly. Over the years I have acquired a wealth of knowledge in the areas of Community and youth development/ organization, public relation, customer service and the like. My experience is diverse, both in the private sector and the local church of the Nazarene.
I find pleasure in interacting with people of all walks of life and culture unique to my own, also, the young and the “young at heart”. My passion
is the development and further education of our young, less fortunate, disenfranchised etc. It brings me great joy working alongside likeminded people, coming together to achieve a common goal. Interestingly, I also enjoy cooking and bringing a smile to the face of one with an empty tummy.
I hale from a necklace of islands nestled some thirty five (35) miles off the coast of Florida. Here, you’ll find the Island of Grand Bahama, the third largest Island in archipelago of the Bahamas. A daily walk along crisp white sandy beaches and resting periodically beneath tall coconut palms, shading from the brisk warm sun is the place I call home.