Our congregation is supported by Father Andrew Miller; Father Drew spent most of his years in North Jersey and came to the Toms River area almost 3 years ago. Father Drew is a family and marriage therapist and has served in those areas for over 23 years in private practice.
Born and raised in Essex County, NJ, Father Andrew Miller (he prefers "Father Drew") had a positive and wonderful childhood and adolescence surrounded by a loving family, nuns and priests. He was inspired in his High School years by the Search Program and was educated at Seton Hall University feeling a yearning for studies of spirituality and psychology while continuing working for his family's printing company.
He entered the Seminary and thoroughly enjoyed his studies, retreats, and encountering God through prayer, silence, and in the vibrancy of life itself. Ordained a Diocesan Priest, he served in Bayonne and truly enjoyed being a priest while also struggling with the Roman Church's requirement of celibacy. Taking a Leave of Absence, Fr. Drew completed more studies to become a Marriage and Family Therapist and has served in that capacity for over 23 years of private practice.
He feels that God calls him to be an instrument in building the Kingdom in the individual lives and marriages of his clients. He is married to Lorna and has a Daughter. He truly experiences the Divine in the midst of people who are in crisis or in their frustration with organized religion. Priestly Ministry is a great joy for him and he feels inspired by the welcoming atmosphere of the American National Catholic Church. Being an Associate Priest at Good Shepherd truly resonates with him and he has proven to be a wonderful asset to all that he ministers to.