St John's United Methodist Chr
2000 Florence Ave
Hazlet, NJ 07730
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Reverend Wayne H. Ackerman

Little Egg Harbor - 63, passed peacefully at his home on December 18, 2017.

He is survived by his beloved wife Judy of 42 years, their sons, Jesse A. Ackerman, San Diego, California, Christian M. Ackerman, Little Egg Harbor, NJ, and, Daniel W. Ackerman and his fiance Elizabeth McCleary, Galloway, NJ, daughters Claudine Stover, Camden, Deleware, Lynette Arnold and her husband Brian, Roebling, N.J. His 7 grandchildren were the light and joy of his life.

Pre-Deceased by Harry M. Ackerman and Norma Jean Ackerman, and his brother Todd Ackerman. He is also survived by Hal and Debbie Ackerman, Brook and Gerard Palumbo, Shawn and Jerry Hettrick, Wendy and Louis Gonzalez, Karalyce Ackerman, Cheryl and Bill Garabrant. He was a beloved uncle to many neices and nephews.

Reverend Ackerman won the prestigious Hefgee scholarship from Kansas Wesleyan University to attend the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. He continued his studies in France and then he and his wife traveled the world extensively. He received his undergraduate degree from Montclair State University, and his Masters of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He was ordained an elder of the United Methodist Church where he served many churches for over thirty years.

We are comforted by the numerous amount of people who have reached out about how his ministry has affected their lives. We will never forget him singing Elvis, his larger than life laugh, twinkle in his eye, and his enormous smile. He had a love for the ocean, the NY Giants, his friends and family and especially Christmas. "Have you heard, Jesus is Born!"

Services will be held on January 6th, 2018 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2000 Florence Ave, Hazlet, NJ 07730. Condolences to the family may be made at 10:00 AM with a memorial service following at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to the Pinelands Center at Mt. Misery, 801 Mt. Misery Road, Browns Mills, NJ, 08015. Rev. Wayne spent many years as a volunteer director for camping ministries and found Pinelands Center to be a truly sacred place.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 29, 2017
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