A Brief History Of 

       Tabernacle United Methodist Church

Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Erma, NJ is believed to be the oldest Methodist charge in Cape May County. Tabernacle celebrated their 200th Anniversary on Sept. 21, 2003 which was an event of historical significance. The year 2017 will mark Tabernacle’s 214th Anniversary.

The following highlights of Tabernacle’s history are taken from a series of articles written by Karl A. Dickinson, former curator of the Cape May County Museum:

In 1778, Benjamin Abbott, a circuit rider, preached at the home of Abram Woolson in Fishing Creek (near the present Lower Township Recreation Center). Woolson was the first convert to Methodism in this vicinity. 

Two years later, the first class was organized and held in Woolson’s home. By 1789, the class was called Tabernacle Church and area families were becoming members.

In 1803, the first Tabernacle Church edifice was built. Memucan Hughes, a descendant of the pilgrim, John Howland, gave the land upon which it was built.  The church traditionally recognizes this first church building as the beginning of the charge known as Tabernacle, Erma. 

The incorporation of Tabernacle Church is recorded in the Cape May County Clerk’s office, dated March 22, 1823.

In 1862, Tabernacle Church became a station, and the Rev. Edward Hicks Durell was
assigned here as the pastor.

 In the time of Tabernacle’s existence, the church has been housed in five different buildings.  As of  2017, 48 pastors have served the congregation at Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

 Our Mission & Purpose

Tabernacle United Methodist Church is dedicated to developing fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ by changing lives, transforming the community, and renewing the Church.


                                           Our Church Staff

       The Pastor's Welcome

 Pastor Glenn Scheyhing  
Senior Pastor

I am a simple guy with a simple message - "To drive you to Jesus because Jesus drives me."  I hope and pray that all I say and do honors this statement of purpose.  Rather than offer a detailed bio here, just drop me a note at gscheyhing@gmail.com or call/text at (609) 600-7331 and let's start a conversation.  Also, visit the Pastor's Page for more insight into yours truly as well as re-recorded messages from weekly worship.
You are awesome because God made you awesome!  How much permission you give God to "be making" you depends upon your response.

   Pastor Jennifer Bolton 
       Associate Pastor & Youth Director

We are happy to have Jennifer Bolton as part of our Pastoral Team at Tabernacle UMC!   She has been married to her husband, Steve for over 20 years.  They have three teenage daughters, Sophia, Angelina, and Marguerite. She loves to cook, garden, and crochet. She loves history, but above all she loves the Lord, and loves to study His Word.  For extra fun she also likes to read biographies and historical nonfiction.  Pastor Jen preaches one Sunday each month and also runs our Youth "EPIC" program at the church.  Please visit our Youth Group page to explore the exciting things that the Youth are doing at Tabernacle.

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, 

he will not 

depart from it."   -Proverbs 22:6 

       The Front Office
Margie Katity
Church Secretary & Treasurer
Margie was raised in Lower Township, NJ and returned to her hometown with her family in 1997 after her husband retired from the Navy.  She has over 30 yrs of secretarial experience, many of which were worked in Christian Schools in West Virginia and New Jersey.  
Her favorite verses are, "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (I Thes 5:18) and ...  "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. 17:22a).

She resides with her family in Swainton, NJ and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, knitting, working at Tabernacle UMC, and taking care of her chickens!  
      Music Department

        Mr. Charles Flud

 Music Director

We are very blessed to have "Chaz" as our Music Director at Tabernacle UMC.  He directs the Tabernacle Praise Team which leads worship Sunday morning's with well-known contemporary praise and worship music.   Chaz also directs our church choir…  “The Tabernacle Singers”, we are blessed by their ministry as they sing the old favorite hymns acapella.
God created us to be instruments with the ability to sing and make music.  Music is an important part of worship and praise to God.  
"Come let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation" -Psalm 95:1.  
         Custodial Department

   Church Custodian
   Mr. Dave Harrison

Keeping everything clean, neat and tidy around "the Tabernacle" is an important job and Dave takes it very seriously (but with great joy, too).  We thank Dave for his dedication.  
"His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.   
You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.   
Enter into the joy of your master."      
-Matthew 25:21

   How to Contact Us:
Tabernacle United Methodist Church ("Erma Tabernacle")

702 Seashore Road - Erma,   
Cape May, NJ  08204 *
PHONE:   (609) 884-3574      FAX: (609) 884-2838
* In Erma, Lower Township NJ, but with a Cape May ZIP Code
Our Sanctuary is Handicap Accessible
from the south side of the church.