Vestry & Staff

The Rev'd Michael D. Moyer OGS - Rector

Fr. Michael Moyer has been Rector of St. Paul’s since June of 1999.  He was born and raised in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.  He began the ordination process in the United Church of Christ (UCC), and while at Bangor Seminary (a UCC Seminary) was confirmed into the Episcopal Church.  He was later “Anglicanized” at Nashotah House Seminary.

He has an Associates Degree from Montgomery County Community College, in Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Maine, a Master of Divinity from Bangor Seminary, and a Master of Sacred Theology from Nashotah House Seminary.

He was ordained a Deacon in June of 1997 Priest in December of that same year.   He served as a Parochial Assistant at All  Saints’ in Fort Worth, also teaching fourth grade religion classes at All Saints’ Episcopal School.

In July of 2003, he adopted a six year old son from Ukraine.  He is a single adoptive parent.

Fr. Moyer is a member of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd -- a religious order in the Anglican Communion. He is a member of many of the Devotional Societies of the Episcopal Church.  He has also been a member of the Board of Director’s of Diakonia Homeless Shelter in West Ocean City since 2000, and is currently the Chaplain of Camp Agape, a camp run by the Diocese of Easton for children who have at least one parent in prison.
Susan Wellman - Secretary/Treasurer

 Susan was born in Berlin and graduated from Worcester Country School in 1984. She graduated from Salisbury University in 1988, majoring in Accounting. She has been the Secretary and treasurer of St. Paul's Episcopal Church since January 2002. She has been married to Wade since 1994 and they have twin daughters, Brooke & Brittany who are 5th generation members of St. Paul's. She has served on the Vestry and Finance Committee, taught Sunday School, and is currently the Treasurer of the Women of St. Paul's.
The Rev'd Norman R. (Dick) Bunting, Deacon

Phyllis Ashley

Phyllis Ashley joined the Vestry in 2017. She worked for many years as an executive secretary for high level military personnel of the United States Marine Corps. She was skilled at running an office of 15-20 military personnel. Phyllis has an associate’s degree in Business Administration.

Phyllis came from a large family: she is one of five siblings. She is the mother of two children. In the Berlin community, she volunteers at the Church Mouse and participates in Breast Cancer walks.

A long-time Episcopalian, Phyllis has wonderful memories of Sunday worship at St. Paul’s and of various activities initiated by Fr. Moyer and the Deacons. She looks forward to seeing growth in the parish membership.

Ray Coates, Jr., Junior Warden

I am a lifelong member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church since 1949.  I served as an acolyte in my teenage years.  I am presently serving my fourth term on the Vestry and previously served two terms as Senior Warden.  I am married to Leslie and we have two daughters, Lindsey and Lauren.  I have been an attorney in the Berlin/Ocean City area since 1974 with the law firm Coates, Coates, & Coates, P.A.  I was also in the State's Attorney's office for Worcester County for 17 years (1977-1994) and attorney for the Town of Berlin for 17 years (1989-2006).
 
I am a graduate of Mercersburg Academy (1967), Washington and Lee University (1971) and the University of Baltimore Law School (1974).  I was on the Board of Directors of the Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark for 21 years and President for 18 years.  I am a past director of the Ocean Pines Association and I coached boys' pony league and high school baseball (Worcester Prep) and girls softball in the Ocean Pines area for 10 years.
Jerry Freeman

 Gerald T. (Jerry) Freeman is a new Vestry member to St. Paul's.  After retiring from his career in the U.S. Navy after 24 years of service, he moved to Maryland permanently in 2014.  Jerry met his wife Karen while on shore duty at Wallops Island in 2008.  After deciding to settle on the Eastern Shore they actively visited many area churches until the Sunday they visited St. Paul's and knew they had found their church "home".  Both were confirmed members of the church in May 2016.  Jerry is currently employed as an Electronics Technician at NASA in Virginia and recently earned an Associate's Degree in Applied Science from Wor-Wic.  Originally from upstate New York, Jerry enjoys the more temperate weather of Berlin and enjoys golf and fishing.  he is a dedicated man who will serve the vestry with both his faith and integrity.
Debbie Ritz

I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana September 1, 1957. I spent the first two years of my life in Bloomington, Indiana while my father earned his MBA from Indiana University. I grew up in Indianapolis and later Northeastern Ohio (in the Akron and Cleveland area). Our family church was a Methodist Church in Indianapolis. I graduated from Revere High School in Bath, Ohio in 1975. I graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (marketing major) in 1979. Ron and I married in 1979 and have two adult children, Alexandra and Nicholas. Our grandchildren, Matthew and Olivia, were both

baptized at St. Paul's. 1 attended Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio where I earned a Masters in Education, specializing in reading.  I have taught in Medina, Ohio, Sussex County Delaware, Delmar and Snow Hill since my graduation in 1989. I have organized Meals on Wheels in Medina, Ohio, served on various parent support committees in our children's schools, curriculum committees, was Snow Hill Middle School's Teacher of the Year, have been the president, treasurer, vice president and representative in our neighborhood's homeowner's association.  We have called St. Paul's our church home for about two years, and were confirmed in the spring of 2012. We are dedicated to our children, our community and St. Paul's.

Gail Whaley

 
My Jarvis great grandparents, grandparents, and both my parents were members of St. Paul's.  I was baptized at St. Paul's and married John Staton Whaley at St. Paul's. We have one son, John Staton Whaley III, and two grandchildren, Kendall and Staton.
 
I was born Juana Gail Jarvis in Buenos Aires, and went to schools in Argentina and Venezuela until coming to the U.S. for four years of boarding school at Baldwin in Bryn Mawr, Pa.  I graduated with a BA from Vassar College and with a BFA from the University of North Texas.
 
I'm a member of ASID, The Atlantic General Hospital Foundation, and a past Trustee of Salisbury School.


Bob Abel, Junior Warden