Clergy and Staff

Clergy and Staff

Fr. Bruce Gowe


“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; look, new things have come into being! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation;   that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God For our sake God made the one who knew no sin to be sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

(2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NRSVUE)

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Christine Nelson


The senior warden is usually the primary elected lay leader of the congregation and serves as a principal liaison between the parish and the rector. The senior warden typically presides at vestry meetings in the absence of the rector. In case of clerical vacancy, the senior warden may be the ecclesiastical authority of the parish for certain purposes.

In some parishes, the senior warden is known as the “priest’s warden,” and the junior warden is known as the “people’s warden.” Historically, in the Church of England, one warden was named by the priest and the other chosen by the congregation.

Joyce Onsted


Joyce recently joined our team here at CEC. We are excited to have here working with us. She worked in IT doing database design and IT management before designing her home and moving full time to the Poconos about 20 years ago.  She serves on the Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services Board and the Coolbaugh Township Environmental Advisory Council.  Joyce lives with her cat Cleocatra in an eclectic home right on the Lehigh River in Pocono Lake.  She is excited to begin this new chapter with Christ Episcopal Church! Currently she can be reached through the general church office email:



The position of organist/choir director is currently open.

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