St Pauls Episcopal Church 3 Church St Berlin, MD 21811 US

(410) 641-4066

Staff & Vestry

The Rev'd Michael D. Moyer OGS - Rector

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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 Directors 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.

THE REV'D NORMAN R. (DICK) BUNTING, DEACON

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Rev’d  Dick Bunting was born and raised in the Selbyville, Delaware area.  Graduated from Selbyville High School in June of 1963  receiving  an Associate Degree in Applied Science, majoring in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Delaware in June 1965.  Raised in The Methodist Church Tradition until meeting his wife to be Ellen Hudson, an Episcopalian, in Ocean City the Summer of 1965. In 1966 he was confirmed in the Episcopal Church  at St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City. Dick began his journey towards Ordination the fall of 2002.  Prior to and after his Ordination as a Vocational Deacon on May 4, 2013,  Dick followed his calling as a Hospital  Chaplain, retiring from Atlantic General  Hospital in March of 2015. In addition to his Diaconal Duties at St Paul’s is active in The Diocese of Easton currently serving as a member of the Commission on Ministry.  Dick & Ellen have two grown children, Kathy Bunting-Howarth and Rick Bunting and four grand children.

Susan Wellman - Secretary/Treasurer

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 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.

JEANETTE ANDERSON- MUSIC DIRECTOR

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Jenny Anderson was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania, where she participated in the band, orchestra, and choral programs at York Suburban High School. She took private piano lessons, along with her 5 siblings, and played recorder as well. She attended Towson State University where she studied voice with Shirley Thompson, and graduated with a B.S. in Music Education. She taught vocal music in Baltimore and Harford Counties at the middle and high school level, and retired in 2011. During her teaching tenure,she directed Honors Choirs in Baltimore and Cecil counties. She has served as accompanist for several choral groups, including All-County choruses in Harford County, Cor Rehoboth, and the Bel Air Community Chorus. She has taught piano and voice privately in studios in Harford County and in her home studio. She recently moved to Dagsboro, DE, with her husband and two daughters. 

Phyllis Ashley

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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

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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

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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.

Deb Ritz

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 Born in Indianapolis, Indiana September 1, 1957. Deb spent the first two years of her life in Bloomington, Indiana while her father earned his MBA from Indiana University. She grew up in Indianapolis and later Northeastern Ohio (in the Akron and Cleveland area). Her family church home was a Methodist Church in Indianapolis. She graduated from Revere High School in Bath, Ohio in 1975. Then, graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (marketing major) in 1979. She married Ron in 1979 and have two adult children, Alexandra and Nicholas. Their grandchildren, Matthew and Olivia, were both baptized at St. Paul’s. She attended Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio where she earned a Masters in Education, specializing in reading. Deb has taught in Medina, Ohio, Sussex County Delaware, Delmar and Snow Hill since her graduation in 1989. She had organized Meals on Wheels in Medina, Ohio, served on various parent support committees in their 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 neighborhood’s homeowner’s association.  

Deb has called St. Paul’s their church home for years, and were confirmed in the spring of 2012. We are dedicated to our children, our community and St. Paul’s. It is an honor to serve St. Paul’s.

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sandy pacella

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Sandy grew up in Prince George's County just outside of D.C. She went to undergraduate school in Pennsylvania at Dickinson, and then when returned to D.C. and went to graduate school at George Washington University. She has been living on the shore since 1983 with her husband, Roger. They raised two children in St. Paul’s – Michael and Rachael. She started out her career working for the National Park Service (moved here to work at Assateague), then worked for the Navy at Wallops Island for a few years before taking time off to stay at home with her young children. When she went back to work she became a grant writer, and have been successfully doing that since 1994. She now works at the Board of Education of Worcester County, and have been there for 19 years. Her husband and herself enjoy spending time with family, taking walks, going to the beach, and vacationing in the mountains of western Maryland. She loves to read quite a bit and also enjoy watching British murder mysteries on television.

sarah hooper

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A lifelong member of St Paul’s, Sarah was born in Berlin, graduated from Stuart Hall School in Staunton Virginia, and from Hood College Frederick Maryland where she received a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Community Counseling.  Her career in the field of behavioral health has included mental health and addictions work as a direct service provider as well as administrator in both corrections and community settings. She is currently President of the Hope4Recovery Board of Directors, a nonprofit created to establish a certified recovery home in Worcester County. Sarah has served on the Altar Guild since 1999 and this is her 2nd term as a Vestry member. Sarah and her husband Mike each have two children and 4 grandchildren with a 5th expected soon.