Sunday Worship in the Great Auditorium

10:30 am and 7:00 pm

 

Traditional Worship (TW) - Includes Gospel hymns accompanied by pipe organ and the Auditorium Choir.

Cross Generational Worship (CW) - A blend of hymns, praise songs and familiar contemporary worship music.

 

2018 Summer Schedule

June 3

Liquid Church Sunday

Don't miss Liquid Church's return to the Great Auditorium in 2018!

Visit here for details.

June 10

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)
Message: Route 316

David Ireland

Rev. Dr. David Ireland is founder and senior pastor of Christ Church, an 8,500-member multisite congregation in north Jersey of over 60 nationalities. Diversity consultant to the National Basketball Association, Dr. Ireland leads chapel services for the New York Giants, New York Jets, and at the U.S. Pentagon. Author of approximately 20 books including Raising a Child Who Prays, Ireland has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Dr. Phil Show, The CBS Evening News, and The 700 Club. Through his community development corporation, he offers a home for victims of domestic violence.

The Rev. Ireland holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering (Fairleigh Dickinson University), a graduate degree in civil engineering (Stevens Institute of Technology), a master’s degree in theology (Alliance Theological Seminary). He has an earned Ph.D. in organizational leadership (Regent University) and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ireland was recently appointed as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Faith-Based Initiatives. He also serves on the boards of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary and was an adjunct professor at Drew University. He and his wife, Marlinda, have been married since 1984 and have two adult daughters and a son-in-law.

June 17

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)
Message: The Shrewd Manager


Joseph Castleberry

Dr. Joseph Castleberry is President of Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, a rigorously Christian university founded in 1934 that offers over 70 academic programs at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels in residence and online. He came to Northwest University in 2007 after serving as Academic Dean at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

In addition to President Castleberry's work in higher education, he has been an ordained minister for over 30 years. He began his career as a chaplain at Princeton University, and for twenty years, served as a missionary in Latin America, where he planted and pastored several churches, taught in universities and seminaries, and led a community development project in an unreached people group.

President Castleberry is a graduate of Evangel University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Columbia University, where he completed a Doctor of Education degree in International Educational Development. He is the author of several popular books and a frequent speaker at conferences and churches around the world. His latest book, The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants are Renewing America's Faith and Values addresses one of America's most pressing spiritual, social, and political issues.

Married to his wife Kathleen since 1983, Castleberry's family includes three daughters, two sons-in-law, and a grandson. He enjoys golf, running marathons, visiting America's National Parks with his wife, and watching Northwest University sports.

June 24

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)
Message: Spirits to Avoid

Evening Worship at 7 PM (CW)
Message: Prayer in the Mountains


Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey is an American Christian author. Fourteen million copies of his books have been sold worldwide, making him one of the best-selling evangelical Christian authors. Two of his books have won the ECPA's Christian Book of the Year Award: The Jesus I Never Knew in 1996, and What's So Amazing About Grace? in 1998.

Yancey was born in Atlanta and grew up in nearby suburbs. After high school he attended college in South Carolina, where he met his wife, Janet. His two graduate degrees in Communications and English were earned from Wheaton College Graduate School and the University of Chicago.

Yancey was for many years an editor for Christianity Today, and also wrote articles for publications including Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, Publishers Weekly, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Eternity, Moody Monthly, and National Wildlife. He now lives in Colorado, working as an editor-at-large for Christianity Today. He was a member of the editorial board of Books & Culture, another magazine affiliated with Christianity Today, and travels around the world for speaking engagements.

July 1

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)
Message: While We Were Still Sinners

Evening Worship at 7 PM (CW)
Message: Have Mercy


Erick Sorensen

Pastor Erick Sorensen was born and raised in Southern California. He is married to Melissa and they have three boys, Jude, Jonathan, and Lincoln.

He has degrees from Lutheran Brethren Bible College (Certificate of Biblical Studies), Biola University (Bachelors in Organizational Leadership) and Lutheran Brethren Seminary (Master of Divinity). Before moving into Manhattan to plant Epiphany, Erick served as Senior Pastor at Victoria Community Church in Fontana, California, and Bethany Lutheran Brethren Church in Staten Island, New York.

In his spare time Erick enjoys hanging out with his wife, wrestling with his boys, reading good books and watching just about every show on AMC. He is a frequent contributor to www.christholdfast.org and you can catch up with him on Facebook or on Twitter @pastorerick.

July 8

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)
Message: Keep Up Your Courage


Tim Lucas

Pastor Tim Lucas is the founder & Lead Pastor of Liquid Church, recognized as one of America’s Top 100 Fastest-Growing Churches by Outreach magazine.

Pastor Tim started Liquid with a dozen 20-somethings meeting in the basement of a 150-year old church. Since launching in 2007, Liquid has grown to 6 campuses with over 4,000 people in Sunday attendance! In 2017, Liquid opened a state-of-the-art Broadcast Campus in Parsippany, NJ with the ability to broadcast live Bible teaching and realize the church’s vision to “Saturate the State with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

A dynamic communicator, Tim is known for connecting God’s Word to modern life with passion, humor, & creativity! Liquid’s innovative style of ministry has been spotlighted on CNN, FOX News, and The Today Show. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Tim & his wife Colleen raise their two children in Madison, NJ.

In the Evening at 7 PM

64th Annual Choir Festival

July 15

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)
Message: The Virtue of Friendship

Evening Worship at 7 PM (CW)
Message: The Virtue of Love


Christian Andrews

Pastor Christian Andrews grew up in Middletown, New Jersey, where he spent summers at the Jersey Shore. He was a skater and a surfer, and though he loved youth group, he never dreamed he would become a pastor some day. In college, he studied physics, but before going off to graduate school he served as a ministry intern in Philadelphia for one year. Working as a teacher’s aid, he was pushed into the position of Bible teacher for the 8th grade students. The experience was a first step toward God’s call for him. He became a youth pastor the following year, and went off to Princeton Theological Seminary to become prepared for a new path. Christian currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Renaissance Church, in Summit NJ, where he lives with his wife Michelle, and their kids, Nate and Lily.

July 22

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)
Message: It's Time to Move On

Evening Worship at 7 PM (CW)
Message: When You Move, Leave a Blessing Behind


Kenneth Levingston

 

Over the past 33 years, Rev. Kenneth Levingston has pastored fruitful congregations in rural, urban, suburban, and multicultural settings. He believes, teaches and preaches the word of God in a manner that requires the hearer to come face to face with the heart of God. He is passionate about “following Jesus and doing what Jesus did,” love, serve, reach, teach and pray. Pastor Levingston’s life reflects his belief that living a “Higher Way” means submitting one’s self in love and service to others.

Pastor Levingston was appointed to Jones Memorial United Methodist Church on September 1, 2008. The church membership has increased from a little more than 600 to over 1700. Worship attendance has increased from less than 300 hundred to 650. Jones Memorial provides ministries that meet the vital need of its mission field to come to know the redeeming life transforming love of Jesus.

July 29

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)
Message: De-Caffeinated Christianity

Evening Worship at 7 PM (CW)
Message: If the Apostle Paul Worked for Goldman Sachs


Tom Tewell

Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell has been an ordained pastor for 40 years and has served congregations in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and New Providence, New Jersey, and well as the 5,100 member Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas and the 3,500 member Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. Each of the congregations Tom has served as experienced significant spiritual and numerical growth and has become deeply involved in ministry to the local community. The Memorial Drive Church in Houston is a Dollar for Dollar Church who gives one dollar to the needs of the world for every dollar they spend on themselves. Under Tom's leadership, the Fifth Avenue Church developed a significant ministry to the homeless in New York City.

Tom has been invited to speak at conferences and in congregations all over America and has taught seminars on preaching and leadership at numerous Theological Seminaries including Princeton, Pittsburgh, Columbia, San Francisco and Fuller. He has been honored to preach and lead seminars at conference centers including Chautauqua, NY, Montreat, NC, Mo Ranch, TX, Ocean Grove and Ocean City, NJ, and Epworth Heights, MI. Tom served as a Trustee of his alma mater, Princeton Theological Seminary, for 15 years.

Tom is the recipient of numerous awards for his preaching and social ministry. He is the recipient of the Inter Faith Service Award for starting a ministry to persons with A.I.D.S. in Houston, Texas and the Social Ministry Award from the Council of Churches of the City of New York for ministry with the homeless. His sermons have been published in Christian Century, Christianity Today and numerous clergy journals, and he has taught seminars on preaching at Princeton, San Francisco, and Fuller Seminaries. Toms is a graduate of Muskingum University in Ohio, Princeton Seminary and earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew Theological School in New Jersey. In addition, he has been awarded tow honorary doctoral degrees: one from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and the other from his alma mater, Muskingum University.

Currently, Tom is the Founder and Executive Director of Macedonian Ministry, a position he has held since 2008. Macedonian Ministry is currently touching the lives of over 400 pastors and congregations all over America and Scotland by offering them the opportunity to participate in a three-year, peer learning cohort that provides support and creative new ideas for ministry. This ministry gives Tom the privilege of serving as a pastor to pastors. Tom and his wife Suzanne have been married for over 40 years and they have two married sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law and six grandchildren who are the joy of their lives! The Tewells live in Atlanta, Georgia.

August 5

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)


Peter Weaver

Bishop Peter D. Weaver was born into a parsonage family in Greenville, Pa. Following education at W. Va. Wesleyan (BA), Drew University (MDiv) and Boston University (ThD) he served United Methodist churches in Pittsburgh, Pa. for twenty-five years focusing on “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ” through ministries with youth, young adults, older adults, the homeless, industrial workers and executives and with weekly radio broadcasts. He was a founder of “Bethlehem Haven” for homeless women and “One Voice Against Racism.”

In 1996 he was elected a Bishop and served the Philadelphia Area (1996-2004) and Boston Area (2004-2012). During this time he served a term as President of the global Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church and served on many community, church and ecumenical boards. He has been engaged in mission and preaching on five continents and taught in four Seminaries. From 2012-16 Bishop Weaver served in Washington, DC as Executive Secretary of the UM Council of Bishops and now serves as Bishop-in-Residence at Drew University Theological School.

Pete (as he prefers to be called) and his spouse Linda now live in Williamsburg, VA and have eight grown daughters and twelve grandchildren. Along with enjoying family, Pete plays the trombone, does woodworking, water sports, and helping with ministry with persons who are homeless.

His “life verse” is: “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation!” (II Cor. 5:17)

August 12

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)
Message: The Presence of God

Evening Worship at 7 PM (CW)
Message: Popular in Heaven, Famous in Hell


R. T. Kendall

Rev. Dr. R.T. Kendall is a Christian writer, speaker, and teacher who pastored Westminster Chapel for 25 years. He is the author of more than 50 books, including Total Forgiveness

Kendall was born in Ashland, Kentucky and named after R. T. Williams who was a General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene. With his wife, Louise, he has a son and a daughter, Robert Tillman II and Melissa Louise, and three grandchildren. He received degrees at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and the University of Louisville before earning a Doctor of Philosophy at Regent's Park College, a hall of the University of Oxford. He later received a Doctor of Divinity from Trevecca Nazarene University.

From 1977 to 2002 he was the Minister at Westminster Chapel in London.

Kendall is now in retirement in Hendersonville, Tennessee, from where he continues his work as an author and guest speaker at Christian conferences. He appears on Christian TV programmes and is a regular contributor to Christian publications. He is also the President of R.T. Kendall Ministries.

August 19

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)

Evening Worship at 7 PM (CW)


Duffy Robbins

Dr. Duffy Robbins is Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, is a respected youth ministry veteran with over forty years of experience in the field. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. Duffy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Faithbridge Church, Spring Texas.

Duffy graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts and completed his Doctor of Ministry in Youth and Family Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.

Duffy is the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers (co-authored with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Enjoy the Silence (co-authored with the lovely Maggie Robbins), There's a Teenager in My House (ed. Wayne Rice), Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples and NINTH, co-authored with Reggie Joiner and Kristin Ivy as part of Orange's Phase Project.

Duffy lives in Valley Forge, PA with his wife and best friend, Maggie. They have two grown daughters, Erin and Katie.

August 26

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)


Donald Hilliard

Bishop Donald Hilliard Jr. serves as the senior pastor of Cathedral International — The Historic Second Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, NJ. Dr. Hilliard’s willingness to “Say Yes!” to the Lord has fostered his ability to provide leadership in the exponential growth of the church over the last 31 years. Now, “One Church in Three Locations,” Cathedral International has expanded its ministry to serve the specific needs of three different locations in New Jersey: Cathedral International in Perth Amboy, Cathedral International in Asbury Park, and Cathedral International in Plainfield. Cathedral International reaches the lives of many people with over fifty ministries operating on its’ three campuses. Through the facilitation of the gospel via Streamingfaith.com Cathedral International now reaches millions of homes across the globe.

Ordained into the Gospel ministry by the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. in 1978 and consecrated a Bishop under the hand of Bishop John R. Bryant in 1995, Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr. is the Presiding Prelate and founder of the Covenant Ecumenical Fellowship and Cathedral Assemblies (CEFCA). He also currently serves as the Founder and President of the Pastor’s Leadership Alliance Network.

Dr. Hilliard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern College (now Eastern University), St. David’s, Pennsylvania, the Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, and an earned Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, as a Dr. Samuel D. Proctor Fellow.

“What you see over the last 31 years has been a divine leap of faith,” said Hilliard, who partners in ministry with his wife, the Rev. Phyllis Thompson-Hilliard. They are the proud parents of three wonderful daughters and a son-in-law, and are the newly ecstatic grandparents to their first grandson.

In the Evening at 7 PM

Sacred Concert

September 2

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)


Barry Black

On June 27, 2003, Rear Admiral Barry C. Black (Ret.) was elected the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate. He began working in the Senate on July 7, 2003. Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, Chaplain Black served in the U.S. Navy for over twenty-seven years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains.

Chaplain Black is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and an alumnus of Oakwood College, Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Salve Regina University, and United States International University. In addition to earning Master of Arts degrees in Divinity, Counseling, and Management, he has received a Doctorate degree in Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology.

Chaplain Black has been selected for many outstanding achievements. Of particular note, he was chosen from 127 nominees for the 1995 NAACP Renowned Service Award for his contribution to equal opportunity and civil rights. He also received the 2002 Benjamin Elijah Mays Distinguished Leadership Award from The Morehouse School of Religion. In 2004, the Old Dominion University chapter of the NAACP conferred on him the Image Award, "Reaffirming the Dream -- Realizing the Vision" for military excellence.

Chaplain Barry C. Black is married to the former Brenda Pearsall of St. Petersburg, Florida. They have three sons: Barry II, Brendan, and Bradford.

September 9

Morning Worship at 10:30 AM (TW)


Salvation Army Sunday
William A. Bamford

Commissioner William A. Bamford was born in Philadelphia, PA to Salvation Army officer parents. In 1980 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and worked for seven years as a pharmacist in Massachusetts, where he and his wife Lorraine lived. In 2000 Bill earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College.

While on vacation at Old Orchard Beach, the Bamfords were called by God to leave the field of pharmacy and teaching and entered The Salvation Army School for Officer Training in order to pursue ordination and commissioning as Salvation Army officers. In the US, they have served in appointments in the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division, Western Pennsylvania, Southern New England, Northeast Ohio. God’s leading then took the Bamfords to South America, where they served for almost four years as Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the South America West Territory. This Territory encompasses the countries of Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. They presently serve as Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries, respectively, of the USA Eastern Territory of the Salvation Army.

Commissioners Bamford are blessed with three children and several grandchildren.

The Bamfords enjoy walking, running (at least one of them does) and being with family. And they love serving as Salvation Army officers.