The hands and feet behind the ministry at our church is the laity. But our staff provides the guidance, knowledge, and the special skills and experience that are needed in order for our ministries to be effective and Spirit Led.

Our church is blessed to have the resources of staff who is talented, resourceful, and (above all) deeply loves the Lord and strongly desires to serve Him.


Rev. Jim Bolton

Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. James H. Bolton, Jr.

The senior pastor of a church provides the Spiritual leading and guidance that is necessary for the church to be successful in its mission. We are blessed to know Pastor Jim as our senior pastor.  His love and enthusiasm for people and for God’s Word are truly inspiring.

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Before joining PUMC as our pastor in July of 2014, Pastor Jim served the Franklinville UMC for 15 years. When he was first appointed to Franklinville, the church was part of a two point charge with Zion UMC in Porchtown. Under his leadership, the Franklinville UMC became a single charge, added a service, developed a Praise Band, purchased a new parsonage, and participated in numerous areas of community involvement.

Pastor Jim has a BS in both Bible and Theology, an M.Div., and in 2013 received his Doctor of Divinity. Before coming to Pitman, he served in East Pennsauken, Delair, and Marshall Memorial (Woodlynne), and Franklinville. He has also served as chairperson of the Delaware Bay District Committee on Ordained Ministry, on the Church Building & Location Committee, and was chairperson of the former Education Society.  Jim and his wife, Judy, have two daughters Rebecca and Lindsey.

In the July issue of Steeple Notes (our church newsletter), Pastor Jim introduced himself with the following letter…


It is with great joy and anticipation that Judy, Rebecca, Lindsey, and I come to the Pitman United Methodist Church. We truly praise God for the opportunity to join you in ministry. We look forward to greeting each of you and joining you in the wonderful ministry at Pitman.

Just a brief word about me. I am an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and have served churches in the following locations: East Pennsauken, Delair, Woodlynne, Porchtown, and Franklinville. My current appointment is coming to end following 15 years.

One of my favorite verses of the Bible comes from Joshua 1:9, which says in part,

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Isn’t it great to know that even as “change” comes into our lives, our God remains consistent and faithful? Together as we begin a new season of our lives and ministry, we need not fear. For the One who has “called us by His grace” (Romans 8:29), has promised to be in our midst wherever we are! That is exciting!!!

The Bolton family is looking forward to meeting you and being with you. Let us be in prayer for each other as God brings this new and exciting change into our lives.

Peace, Pastor Jim


nancy walters

Nancy Walters

Nancy Walters, Office Administrator

When you call our church, it is usually Nancy who answers the phone. If you need to use the building, it is Nancy who fills your needs. When you read a bulletin on Sunday or Steeple Notes in your home, it wouldn’t happen without her dedication and expertise.

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Nancy Walters began working as Office Manager in 2007 having retired from a Girl Scout professional staff position. Among her responsibilities during her 29 years, were event planner, international program coordinator and outdoor program administrator.

Volunteering in her community, she served on the Board of Directors for both CONTACT and the American Camp Association. As a member of First United Methodist Church, Glassboro, Nancy sings in the choir and plays hand bells. She and her husband, have two children.

Sue Crispin

Sue Crispin

Susan L. Crispin, Organist & Musical Director

Music is a gift from God that leads our hearts to prayer and worship. At Pitman United Methodist Church we are blessed by the creativity, talents, and Spiritual leadership of Sue Crispin. She selects the music for our services, directs the choirs and praise teams, and plays the organ and piano.

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Our organist/director of music is a life-long member of our church. Mrs. Crispin was born and raised in Pitman, and being a part of the church’s music program began in our Junior Choir. She was a student of organ under long-time choir director/organist, Mr. Charles S. Ware. Through his direction and teaching, Mrs Crispin served as an accompanist for various choirs within the church. At the age of 16, she was called upon to be the choir director-organist of the Clayton Presbyterian Church, where she served for two years.

Mrs Crispin entered Glassboro State College, pursuing a degree in Music Education, with a concentration in vocal music and organ. She was a student of organ under Dr. Hoyle Carpenter and Dr. Keith Chapman. While attending Glassboro State College, (now Rowan University), she was called to the position of organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Pitman, serving under choir director, Clarence Miller. Upon graduation in 1978, she began her teaching career, and also returned “home” to serve as the organist/music director of the Pitman United Methodist Church. For the past thirty plus years, Mrs Crispin has led our choirs and congregation in the worship of God through music. Continuing to lead us in all styles of music from the classics to the contemporary, she shares her love of the Lord and uses His gift of music to His glory!

Mrs Crispin also teaches general and vocal music at the Pitman Middle School. On a personal note, she is wife to Steve, mother of 4, and grandmother to 7.

Bruce Pote

Bruce Pote, Facilities Manager

We have a tremendous building with a lot of capabilities, and we share it with our community. Our facility is almost always in use, either by our church or by outside community organizations.  Our Facilities Manager directs maintenance of our building’s critical systems so that we can continue our level of ministry to the community.

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Bruce has over 35 years experience in design, construction and maintenance of industrial and commercial facilities. This includes piping, HVAC, electrical, civil/structural and just about anything else related to a large “commercial type” facility such as ours. 

Bruce also has over 20 years of Project Management experience managing the procurement, construction, estimating, scheduling and cost control of large programs and projects.


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  1. Judy & Harry Prince

    To Pastor Jim and Larry Bakely

    Thank you Larry for your tips on getting clarity for this beautiful Palm Sunday service. Very much appreciated. And, Jim, the Palm Sunday service was beautiful and uplifting. Give our love to your family.

    Judy & Harry Prince

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