Ocean, NJ - On Thursday, May 22 at 3 pm, Bishop John Schol and the leaders of the United Methodist Church in Greater New Jersey will break ground on a new conference center on Jumping Brook Road in Neptune. 

There are more than 580 United Methodist Churches and 50,000 worshippers in the Greater New Jersey region. The conference center will house the administrative offices of Bishop Schol and approximately 30 staff members who help operations of the church. 

In addition, the conference center will serve as the administrative headquarters for A Future with Hope, the nonprofit organization started by the United Methodist Church to help people in the region recover from Superstorm Sandy.  A Future with Hope has become a leader in Sandy recovery around the state and to date has rebuilt 42 homes with an additional 62 under construction. 

 “United Methodists continue to show their leadership in the region by providing vital service programs in their local communities, around the world, and through A Future with Hope which has provided safe and secure homes for hundreds of people who had nowhere else to turn,” said Bishop Schol, “We are a growing church and the new conference center reflects our need to support our local churches to continue to engage their communities in new and necessary ways.”

The 19,200 square feet building was designed by Shore Point Architecture, PA in Ocean Grove and is being built by Jack Green Construction also in Ocean Grove.  The first floor of the conference center will include an area that will accommodate worship services and meetings for area leaders, a media center and library, and a video production studio. 

Public officials from the area have been invited and are expected to attend the ceremony which will include a service led by Bishop Schol.  In addition to public officials, the ground will be broken by: conference leaders, building personnel and conference staff representative.

The service will begin rain or shine at 3 pm. 
205 Jumping Brook Road
Neptune, NJ