Christ Episcopal Church

Riverton, New Jersey







  • Our Rector



The Rev Canon Richard Charles Wrede was called by the Wardens and Vestry to be the 14th Rector of Christ Church in Riverton in April 2005. Father Wrede came to Christ Church from All Saints' Episcopal Church in Lakewood, NJ. He is married to the Rev Anne McRae Wrede and has one daughter, Katie and a rescued greyhound, Malcolm. The Revd Mrs. Wrede serves as Priest-in-charge of the Associated Parishes of St. Stephenís in Riverside and Beverly, NJ.


Fr. Wrede earned his BA degree in History (summa cum laude) from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and an MS in Library Service from Columbia University in New York City, before receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. He has completed his classwork for the Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 6, 1990 by the Rt. Revd John Shelby Spong, DD.


Prior to his ministry in Lakewood, Fr. Wrede served two parishes in the Diocese of Newark (St. Peterís Rochelle Park & All Saintsí Millington) and was a member of the Diocesan Council. He received the Bishops' Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Service for his work as Screening Chair & Treasurer of the Commission on Ministry.


He has been active in outreach and community affairs. This includes ministry to the homeless, establishing bible studies in nursing homes, re-organizing and serving as president of Lakewood's interfaith clergy association, as a fire and police department chaplain, library board president, and a number of other church and civic activities. He was appointed Rivertonís first certified police chaplain by the Mayor and Council on May 8, 2017.


Fr. Wredeís Diocesan roles have included Chair of the Nominating Committee and Intake Officer. Presently he is the Archivist and Historiographer of the Diocese and a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. He has served as the Dean of the Burlington Convocation since 2013, and is a faculty member of the School for Deacons. He was installed as a Canon of the Diocese of New Jersey by the Rt Revd William H. Stokes, DD on May 20th 2017.


Fr. Wrede's other interests include an amateur interest in music (he plays organ, piano, clarinet, saxophone and recorder and plays oboe in the Moorestown Community Band). He is interested in local history, genealogy, and bird watching. He has traveled in Western Europe (including a five month stint as Rector-on-exchange at All Hallows Church in Gedling, Nottinghamshire Engl and), and throughout the eastern US and Canada. He and his family also enjoy hiking and camping.