Denville Community Church announces the appointment of Rev. Heather Valosin as its new pastor. She succeeds the Rev. Ed Carll, who retired in June after 38 years of active ministry. In her new role, Pastor Heather will lead the longest-standing church in the Township (est. 1785) and one of the most active Methodist congregations in the Garden State, drawing members from across Morris County.

Rev. Valosin is a third generation ordained Methodist minister. Before being appointed full-time to Denville, she served as pastor for congregations in Towaco, Randolph and Warren townships, and as a youth leader for congregations in Summit and Madison. She also spent five summers at Jumonville Camp and Retreat Center in Hopwood, PA as their song leader, a camp counselor and the Dean of HOPE Camp, a ministry for children affected by the criminal justice and foster care systems. Rev. Valosin holds a Bachelors in Theatre and Psychology, and a Masters of Divinity, both from Drew University.

In her new role, Pastor Heather will oversee the Church’s worship services and pastoral care, as well as their extensive offerings of pre-school and Christian education; youth programs; various choirs; outreach ministries that serve: local poor and homeless, community food banks, Appalachia home repair, Giving Trees, Vacation Bible School, school supply & clothing drives, and orphanages & schools in Uganda; and a variety of “small groups” including prayer shawl, book club, quilters, gardening, UM Women, UM Men, Bible study, and morning meditation.

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Pastor Heather strives to foster vibrant faith communities that “recognize the grace of God and respond by putting their faith into action through compassion and service,” she stated. “ I am thrilled to join the ministry here at The Church of the Open Door,” she affirmed. “If you're craving something intangible, a sense of peace, presence or purpose, I invite you to come on a Sunday morning and settle into a pew at 9:30am. You're welcome to laugh and cry as you anticipate God speaking into your life situation. You might have a life-changing epiphany while listening to the superb music, praying, reading Scripture or reflecting upon the sermon. Or maybe someone sitting near you will join you in a supportive conversation. Or someone may brighten your day with a  smile. You can come on a weekday to join a small group even if you aren’t a member. I trust that God is at work through our faith community on Sundays and throughout the week as we gather for interest groups, Bible studies and service projects.”

Pastor Heather is no stranger to the lake communities that dot our surrounding towns, growing up in the Lake Erie region. She is married to artist Eric Valosin and has two young sons who will be attending Denville’s schools. Together they enjoy hiking, playing board games, and making harmonies. They take up residence at the Church’s historic parsonage on the Church campus at 190 Diamond Spring Road.