Joint Methodist Congregation Welcomes New Pastor

Jul 19, 2017
Rev. Dawn Corlew

On July 1, the Rev. Dawn Corlew took over as pastor of Waretown United Methodist Church/Barnegat Anew, two combined congregations that hold worship service at 27 Bryant Rd. in Waretown. An ordained minister for 20 years, she spent the last five years as pastor of Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church in Upper Saddle River in Bergen County. She earned a master of divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and holds an MBA from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., concentrating in microfinance.

The Minnesota native grew up in the Assembly of God denomination but became a Methodist during her college years.

“I went on various mission trips, some in the United States and others in Argentina, Chile and Jamaica,” she said. “Those trips inspired me to go into the ministry, and to be able to reach out and help people.”

Corlew was invited by the Barnegat Township Committee to give the invocation prior to its July 11 meeting.

“It was nice to see people coming out who care about their community,” she said.

Corlew said the church holds two services on Sunday morning.

“The service at 9 is more traditional,” she said. “Our service at 11 is contemporary, featuring live bands.”

Barnegat Anew grew out of the old Barnegat United Methodist Church, which ended services at its East Bay Avenue sanctuary in 2007. The church is now home to St. Mary and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church. 

“We have about 185 members at the Waretown church,” said Corlew. “When the old Barnegat church closed, their members went on to join other congregations. We have about 20 to 30 former Barnegat members here.”

At one point the Barnegat church was looking to erect a new home on Barnegat Boulevard North.

“But that never came about,” said Corlew. “So in a sense, that church continues as being part of us.”

Corlew said she hopes to establish various community-oriented projects.

“Right now, I’m getting to know the people and familiarize myself with the area,” she said. “I believe strongly in a church giving back to the community, to find out what the needs are and try to meet them.”

For more information, call the church at 609-693-3134.

— Eric Englund

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