WE are part
of The Diocese of New Jersey

The Diocese of New Jersey was founded in 1785 and elected its first bishop in 1815, the Right Reverend John Croes, who had been rector of Christ Church in New Brunswick.


The Diocese of New Jersey is the second oldest diocese in the Episcopal Church, after the Diocese of Connecticut.


New Jersey ranks sixth out of 100 domestic dioceses in the Episcopal Church in the USA, in the number of parishes. The diocese is tenth in number of baptized persons. The diocese originally covered the entire state; due to the growth of the church in the mid-1800s, the northern third was split off in 1874 to become the Diocese of Northern New Jersey, known today as the Diocese of Newark. The dividing line is the border between Essex and Union Counties, between Morris and Somerset Counties, and between Warren and Hunterdon Counties. The exception is the City of Summit, which was assigned to the Diocese of Newark, allegedly because of 19th-century train routes.


There are 146 congregations in this diocese, including seasonal, collegiate and institutional chapels. The oldest congregation in the diocese is Saint Peter’s Church in Perth Amboy, where services began in 1685. There are more than 15 colonial-era parishes in this diocese of which Christ Church Middletown is one. 

The Rt. rev. William H.
(chip) stokes is our bishop

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes is the twelfth Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey. Elected on May 4, 2013, he was Consecrated on November 2, 2013 and succeeded The Right Reverend George Councell.


Prior to becoming the Bishop of New Jersey, he served as the Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Florida, a position he held from January 1999 through July of 2013. From 1995 to 1998, he was the Associate for Christian Education at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to this, he served as the School Chaplain and Curate to Grace Episcopal Church and Day School in Massapequa, Long Island, serving there from 1990 to 1994. Bishop Stokes earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1990 and a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattan College in 1987; he was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary.


He is a recognized preacher and Christian educator. He has been active in the area of anti-racism, is a certified trainer in multi-culturalism and anti-racism and was a member of the Committee on Anti-Racism for the Episcopal Church. He has served at many levels of governance in the Episcopal Church. While in Florida, he served as Chairman of the Board of Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida. He was an active leader in his community in Delray Beach serving on several Boards and Committees and working actively to see that St. Paul’s was actively engaged in the life of the city. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of General Theological Seminary.

He and his wife Susan have been married for 38 years and live in Trenton. They have four grown children, one granddaughter and a grandson.


Read Bishop Stokes’ thoughts on his blog.