Christ Episcopal Church

Riverton, New Jersey







  • Our Rector



The Rev Richard Charles Wrede was called by the Wardens and Vestry to be the 14th Rector of Christ Church in Riverton in April 2005 and began his ministry in May of that year. He was formally installed in that office by the Rt. Revd George Edward Councell, XI Bishop of New Jersey that October.


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. The Rev 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.


Prior to his ministry in Lakewood, Fr. Wrede served two parishes in the Diocese of Newark (St. Peterís Rochelle Park & All Saintsí Millington). 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 department chaplain, library board president, and a number of other church and civic activities.


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, England), and throughout the eastern US and Canada. He and his family also enjoy hiking (especially with their retired greyhound racer Sampson) and camping.