Meet Our Staff

  • Nathan Didlake

    Senior Pastor

    "Since moving to the Jersey Shore in 2011, Manahawkin Baptist Church has been a beautiful home for our family. Filled with loving people, we Didlakes have enjoyed planting our roots here. And even when we weren't sure what God was doing, we have loved worshiping alongside the saints of God here. I am honored to call MBC my church home - and to be its senior pastor. May Christ make his name famous in our community here! May we be a light shining in darkness!"

    M.A., Biblical Exegesis, Wheaton College (2011)

    B.A., English Language and Literature, LeTourneau University (2007)

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    Also, Nathan serves as a Chaplain with the Stafford Township PD.

  • Wes Brown

    Worship Director

    "I started serving on the worship team when I was 16, as I began learning bass guitar. The Lord has led me to become the worship leader here at Manahawkin Baptist Church, where I strive to encourage the congregation to sing their praises and feel a deeper connection to God. Psalm 95:1-2 says, 'Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!'"


    B.M., Music Education, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (2015)

    Contact Wes via email here or call the church office at (609) 597-7586.

  • Rachel Didlake

    Children's Ministry Director

    Trained in the schools of Motherhood and Theology, Rachel seeks to combine her passions to create a joy-filled and theologically rich children's ministry. With three kiddos of her own, Rachel enjoys engaging kids with God's love as they grow from the crib to college. Her other passions include coffee, gardening, DIYing, and more coffee. Originally from a small town in Michigan she is raising her beach babies to enjoy the ocean, getting dirty in the garden, and explore the world with wonder.


    M.A., Systematic & Historical Theology, Wheaton College (2011)

    B.A., Biblical Literature, Oral Roberts University (2009)

    Contact Rachel via email

  • Kathleen Thulin

    Women's Ministry Director

    The focus and motivation of the women's ministry at MBC is found in 2 Peter 3:18: " grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I've been called into women's ministry to serve and coordinate opportunities for women to have solid worship, a strong community for Bible studies, and an understanding of the mission God has called us to in the Great Commission. As we study and have fun together, we grow in spiritual maturity through our horizontal relationships with one another and in our vertical relationship with our Lord.


    B.A., Education, University of Michigan

    Contact Kathleen via email or call the church office at (609) 597-7586.

  • Susy Racioppi

    Office Administrator

    Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."  I am so thankful God has directed my path to this church family.  I feel blessed to be part of what the Lord is doing.


    B.S. Education and Science, Northern Arizona University

    Contact Susy via email or call the church office at (609) 597-7586.

  • John Signorelli

    Building & Grounds Director

    "God has abundantly blessed me with a loving wife and children. His love has also surrounded me with co-workers and a church family that reminds me to keep my focus on Him and not on daily distractions.  The church facilities are tended to by myself and a core group of volunteers. As a Deacon also, I am constantly comforted by His word and His guidance in serving with a group of men who help those who may need it. I pray that God may guide you and love you as he has me."

    Contact John via email or call the church office at (609) 597-7586.

  • Caroline Unger

    Youth Coordinator

    I am blessed to serve with an amazing Youth Group Team, who love Jesus AND having fun. I learned through our oldest child and her friends how challenging the world has become during the Middle & High School years. Being able to point young people to Jesus through the Word of God is so rewarding and I know it is a game changer for life. Our Team strives to build relationships and to make Jesus real to the next generation.


    M.S., Physical Therapy, University of Miami (1991) 

    B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University (1989)

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