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The Staff

Nathan Didlake

Senior Pastor

"Since moving to the Jersey Shore in 2011, Manahawkin Baptist Church has been a beautiful home for our family. Filled with loving people, we Didlakes have enjoyed planting our roots here. And even when we weren't sure what God was doing, we have loved worshiping alongside the saints of God here. I am honored to call MBC my church home - and to be its senior pastor. May Christ make his name famous in our community here! May we be a light shining in darkness!"


Biblical Exegesis, M.A.: Wheaton College (2011)

English Language and Literature, B.A.: LeTourneau University (2017)

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Also, Nathan serves as a Chaplain with the Stafford Township PD.

Bill Shoemaker

Community Life Pastor

I came to faith in Jesus as a young man here at Manahawkin Baptist Church. Now, it is truly a privilege to serve as Community Life Pastor. My focus is on caring for our newest worshippers, overseeing our Life Groups ministry and facilitating pathways for Christians to grow to maturity in Christ. Please let me know how I can serve you.


Masters of Divinity, MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, 1992

Biblical Literature, BA, Northeastern Bible College, Essex Fells, NJ, 1987

To contact Bill via email or call the church office at (609) 597-7586.

Jim Goganzer

Youth Director

Longstanding member at MBC and former teacher at LCA's elementary school, Jim is known as someone who loves Jesus, understands people, and cares for the future of MBC. We are grateful to have him leading MBC Kids!

To contact Jim via email or call the church office at (609) 597-7586.

Wes Brown

Worship Director

"I started serving on the worship team when I was 16, as I began learning bass guitar. The Lord has led me to become the worship leader here at Manahawkin Baptist Church, where I strive to encourage the congregation to sing their praises and feel a deeper connection to God. Psalm 95:1-2 says, 'Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!'"


BM Music Education, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University

Contact Wes via email or call the church office at (609) 597-7586.

The focus and motivation of the women's ministry at MBC is found in 2 Peter 3:18: " grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

I've been called into women's ministry to serve and coordinate opportunities for women to have solid worship, a strong community for Bible studies, and an understanding of the mission God has called us to in the Great Commission. As we study together and have fun together, we grow in spiritual maturity through our horizontal relationships with one another and in our vertical relationship with our Lord.


B.A. Education, University of Michigan

Contact Kathleen via email or call the church office at (609) 597-7586.

John Signorelli

Facilities Director

“God has abundantly blessed me with a loving wife and children. His love has also surrounded me with co-workers and a church family that reminds me to keep my focus on Him and not on daily distractions.

The church and its facilities are tended to by myself and a core group of volunteers. I am the Deacon chair and am constantly comforted by His word and His guidance in leading a group of men to help those who may need it. I pray that God may guide you and love you as he has for me."

Contact John via email or call the church office at (609) 597-7586.

Maggie Hutton

Office Administrator

"Serving God in practical ways is what God has called me to do at the MBC office. I am grateful for the privilege to help meet unique needs and to assist in ministering to His Church for His Glory. Colossians 3:17 says, "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Contact Maggie via email or call the church office at (609) 597-7586.

Rachel Didlake

Children's Ministry Director

Trained in the schools of Motherhood and Theology, Rachel seeks to combine her passions to create a joy-filled and theologically rich children's ministry. With three kiddos of her own, Rachel enjoys engaging kids with God's love as they grow from the crib to college. Her other passions include coffee, gardening, DIYing, and more coffee. Originally from a small town in Michigan she is raising her beach babies to enjoy ocean, getting dirty in the garden and explore the world with wonder.

Contact Rachel via email

Christa Markey

Children's Ministry Director

Contact Christa via email

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