Rev. Vivian L. Rodeffer originally from Sadsburyville, PA near Lancaster County, has been a resident of New Jersey for the past forty plus years. The things she loves best about ministry are the people and the changing challenges. Both of course involve bringing the love of God to bear on our human condition. Pastor Viv always and truly believes “the best is yet to come.”
A graduate of Temple University and Princeton Theological Seminary, her pastorates have included Wenonah UMC (7 years); Haddonfield UMC (4 years) where she produced a weekly TV series “On the King’s Highway” and during this time was elected Chairperson of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry; Manahawkin UMC (8 years); seven years working with the bishop of New Jersey as District Superintendent Gateway South District with 66 churches under her care; interim senior pastor of the Medford UMC [350 in worship at three Sunday services] ; and then in July 2013 joyfully assumed pastoral duties at the Caldwell United Methodist Church where she has been for the past nine years. In addition, she continues in her mentoring and teaching roles as a Circuit Elder, and clergy mentor. She is Co-Convener of the West Essex Ministerium Association and Chaplain of the West Essex First Aid Squad.
She and her husband Robb McCombe have two daughters, Robin (40) and Susan (31). Their 12 year old grandson Johnny Fisher brings them great joy. Robb and Viv love gardening, summers in Maine, and their cat Tubz and golden doodle Popi. Robb, retired as a systems analyst from Gartner Group (formerly McGraw Hill), is an amateur botanist, accomplished guitarist and photographer.