In our communities, chaplains provide compassionate care for residents and associates and honor persons’ daily faith observances.
Meet Our Chaplains
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 four 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 United Methodist Pastor, Rev. Robert Wecht. The couple 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. Kim also enjoys reading and taking leisurely walks in nature.