Our Chaplains

Rev. Salvatore Seirmarco, M.Div.The Rev. Salvatore Seirmarco is the Director of Mission and Pastoral Care at United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen in Newton, NJ. He is an ordained minister in the Newton Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA with over nine years of ministry experience as a youth pastor, and more recently, as a staff chaplain for New York Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City as well as Bristol Glen. He holds a B.A. degree in History from William Paterson University, a M.Div. degree from Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and has completed four units or 1600 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education.

His passion in ministry is found in, “giving a voice to the unheard, forgotten and lost of our communities through active listening, advocating and preaching. “ His hobbies include martial arts, earning a 3rd Degree Black Belt; hiking; history; collecting; and theater.

The Rev. Dr. Richard Leaver is the Director of Mission and Pastoral Care at United Methodist Communities at Collingswood in Collingswood, NJ. He prefers to be called Rich or Richard. Rich graduated from the Community College of Philadelphia with an A.A.S. degree in Business Administration, from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a B.S. in Business Administration, a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, PA (now Palmer Seminary), and a Doctor of Divinity from The Theological School at Drew University in Madison, NJ.

He is celebrating over 30 years’ ministry experience as an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey (and its SNJ predecessor) after 20 years in the distribution and trucking industry. He pastored churches in Gloucester City, National Park, Riverside, Thorofare, Merchantville, and Beverly, NJ, is a past chairperson of the SNJC and GNJC Commission on Christian Unity and Inter-religious Concerns and a member of the New Jersey Council of Churches. He is a Certified Spiritual Director through the Tree of Life Institute, a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, Grief Care Certified and a Certified Gerontology Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of the International Society of Pastoral Counselors and the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Rich especially enjoys speaking and counseling residents and staff, leading Bible studies and preaching. He also enjoys old movies and old Rock ‘n’ Roll, and as an amateur DJ, loves spinning music from the 20s until today. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Gloucester City, NJ. They love to travel, especially to the mountains.

Rev. Kim Wecht The Rev. Kim Wecht is the Director of Mission and Pastoral Care at United Methodist Communities at Pitman in Pitman, NJ. Kim is an ordained United Methodist Elder in The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. She has served in Pastoral Ministry for 19 years, including working as a hospital Chaplain at St. Peter’s University Hospital in 2014, and has been with Pitman since January, 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Norwich University, Northfield, VT; a Master of Divinity degree from Palmer Seminary in Valley Forge, PA; and has completed 4 units (1,600 hours) of Clinical Pastoral Education at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, NJ. She is endorsed by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency as a Chaplain in a retirement community.

Speaking about her passion for ministry, Kim notes, “The Lord has gifted and called me to serve our older population and so it is a blessing to be able to minister with the residents and associates of Pitman. It is a privilege to serve these great generations who have such wisdom and life to share. I find such joy to be able to walk with our residents on this part of their spiritual and life journeys. Each grace-filled moment where God’s love and presence is experienced in the encounters with the residents is a fulfilling and life-giving blessing for me.”

She further states, “The beauty and majesty of the ocean and beach is sacred space for me and I love going there with my family.” She is married to a United Methodist Pastor, Rev. Robert Wecht. She has five children: two step-daughters, Elena (and her husband, Kevin) and Sarah, and three children, Hannah, Joshua and Josiah. Time spent with them is one of her favorite activities. She also enjoys reading and taking leisurely walks in nature.

Rev. Beth Mallozzi The Rev. Beth Mallozzi is the Director of Mission and Pastoral Care at United Methodist Communities at The Shores in Ocean City, NJ. Beth is an ordained United Methodist Minister (Elder) in the Peninsula Delaware Conference of The United Methodist Church, is endorsed for Chaplaincy in a Retirement Community by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, and is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. Beth graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA and has been serving in the UMC as a church pastor since 1994. In 2011, Beth completed a hospital residency as a chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV. She worked as a chaplain in the J.J. Jordan Geriatric Home in  Louisa, Kentucky. She has been the Director of Mission and Pastoral Care at The Shores since July 2013.

Born and raised in Japan, as the daughter of United Methodist missionaries, Beth has been in the embrace of the global Methodist Church all of her life. Married to Tony Mallozzi, a New York native and retired pharmacist, she has two adult children, Peter and Sandra. She spends her free time making music, exercising, reading, in spiritual direction, and watching movies.

Rev. John D. Callanan, M.Div.The Rev. John D. Callanan is the Corporate Director of Mission and Pastoral Care for United Methodist Communities.  He graduated from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, with a B.A. degree in History in 1984 and from The Theological School at Drew University in Madison, NJ, with a M.Div. degree in 1990. He is an ordained United Methodist minister (Elder) in The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey, is endorsed for Chaplaincy in a Retirement Community Setting by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, Board Certified as a Chaplain through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc., and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

John has over 30 years’ ministry experience providing care for older adults in multiple settings. He has served as pastor in three United Methodist churches, a hospice, hospital and port chaplain, and as a pastoral educator in two acute care hospitals. He served as the chaplain at Bristol Glen, in Newton, NJ, before assuming his current role leading mission and pastoral care initiatives for all nine United Methodist Communities’ sites. In his present position, he has created and implemented a multi-dimensional program of mission celebration and education, helping United Methodist Communities re-energize its system identity as a Wesleyan ministry.

He states, “It’s a tremendous privilege to serve our residents and to work with great colleagues in a ministry which places such a high value on spiritual care and mission. We do what we do, not because we are offering a ‘product,’ but because we are called by God to make a difference in the lives of others. We provide compassionate service in community not so that our residents can merely exist, or that we can just bring home a paycheck, but so that we can all thrive and experience the fullness in life which Jesus affirmed is God’s intention for us. “

John is also the Conference Historian for The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey, Chairperson of the Conference Commission on Archives and History, a member of the GNJC Historical Society and a member of the Skylands District Committee on Ministry. He brings a passion for Methodist history and Wesleyan mission to his role of shaping and interpreting the mission, vision and values of UMC.

He and his wife Ellen live in Rockaway, NJ, with their cat, Mara, who has them well-trained. His other interests include gardening, drawing, history, railroads and trains-large and small!