BEDMINSTER, NJ - Long-time Bedminster resident and community activist John Graf passed away suddenly over the weekend. He was 57. Known to many as "The Ministerman" because he was an ordained non-denominational minister who took joy in performing weddings, Graf served Bedminster and Somerset County in many roles.
Graf's 25-year career in public relations garnered him many awards, including the 2002 Somerst County Business Partnership "Citizen of the Year." He has served as the Somerset Treatment Services Board President. Somerset Treatment Services provides treatment and prevention services to all persons suffering from or at risk of suffering from the physical, emotional, or psychological consequences of substance abuse or HIV-related illnesses. He has served as the Executive Director for the Resource Center for the Protection of Women.
In March of 2000, Reverend Graf established the Claire & John Graf Family Foundation in memory his mother. With funds that he earned from his ministerial duties, more than $200,000 was donated to numerous state-wide community-based charities. For the past ten years, Reverend Graf performed non-denominational weddings, baptisms, funerals and memorial services as the "Ministerman".
Funeral arrangements for Reverend Graf are still being finalized.