Reverend Dr. George Blackwell, III - Pastor
Rev. Dr. Blackwell, a native of New Jersey, grew up in Newark and was educated in the Newark school system. Dr. Blackwell is happily married to the lovely and former Helena Monk, and he is the proud father of three daughters, Rasheeda, Lisa, and Denyzha ("Nay-Nay") and the grandfather of one grandson, Isaiah Edward Frazier.
At Tabernacle Baptist Church Dr. Blackwell served as a Trustee, a Deacon and finally became an Assistant Pastor under the pastoral leadership of the late Rev. Dr. William Irving. During his time at Tabernacle, Dr. Blackwell began his ministerial studies at Northeastern Bible College and earned an Associates Degree in Religious Arts.
Going on to Philadelphia College of the Bible (PCB), he earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Bible. In the fall of 1991, Dr. Blackwell was accepted into New York Theological Seminary where he would distinguish himself by being elected President of the student government before graduating with a Master of Divinity Degree.
On the first Sunday in November of 1994, Dr. Blackwell came to Good Neighbor. After a short trial period in March of 1995, he was elected Pastor and installed on Sunday, May 7, 1995. One of Pastor Blackwell's objectives is "To be guided by the Holy Spirit in reaffirming in the hearts and minds of the members of the church and the community that the Church is the primary source and focal point for guidance and direction in times of Triumph, Trial and Tribulation." Since that time the Gospel has been preached, weapons (The Bible) have been shown, our membership has grown, ministries have been revitalized, servants have been called and ordained into service.
Dr. Blackwell's pastoral tour of duty is filled with accomplishments. These are just a few of them:
*Became a Board certified Chaplin by the Association of Professional Chaplains
*Served as Chaplin for a local Hospice organization
*Returned to Seminary School to earn a Doctor of Ministry Degree
*Joined the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network and their Family Support Coordinator for Trauma and Bereavement
*Contributed a chapter in the book entitled "Care Giving and Loss: Family Needs, Professional Response" published by the Hospice Foundation of America
*Invited by the government of Barbados to participate in a National End-Of-Life Awareness Program .
*Served as a Field Education Supervisor for Princeton Theological Seminary
*Served as a panel speaker for the Annual Hospice Foundation of America's Bereavement teleconference, which was hosted by over 2,000 individual sites with over 100,000 participating viewers
*Serves as a Clinical Pastoral Supervisor at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
*Presently is the Moderator of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Association.
On March 23, 2006, Dr. Blackwell was named "Diplomat" of Clinical Pastoral Education by the College of Pastoral Supervision of Psychotherapy (CPSP), a nationally recognized authority on clinical pastoral education. The title of "Diplomat" is the highest designation in clinical pastoral education. Dr. Blackwell is the only African American male in the nation to receive this designation.
Dr. Blackwell has been very busy but never to busy for the loves of his life: The Lord, his wife, his children, his family, and Good Neighbor Baptist Church. Dr. Blackwell says "It is humbling to find himself in God's service on so many different battlefields." No one but the Lord could have kept him. And the Lord is not done blessing him yet.
Rev. Louise Scott-Rountree - Associate Minister
Louise Scott-Rountree is the daughter of the late Mrs. Louise Scott-Rountree and the Rev. Malachi D. Rountree. She was born and raised in Newark, NJ. She was introduced to God at a very young age. At the age of-four; Louise was opening up graduation ceremonies for the Scott's, College of Beauty Culture, Newark, NJ by singing the "Lord's Prayer." Louise's parents instilled the importance of her understanding of not just attending church, but why it was so important to believe and trust in God. Little did they know, the Lord was preparing Louise for this journey she is about to embark upon.
Louise Scott-Rountree attended Quitman Elementary School in Newark, N J. She went on to attend Star of the Sea Academy in Long Branch, NJ and continued to further her education by attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. She attended the Newark School of Theology in Newark, NJ. However, above all of the schools she has attended, her ultimate plan is to attend LFC (Living For Christ) University for the rest of her life.
Louise has served in many capacities in the community. Working for many years as a Senior Citizen Advocate and a-community Activist, she has numerous citations and awards for her service in the community. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Senior Extravaganza (City of Newark). She is employed by the City of Newark working in the office of Mayor Cory A Booker. At her home church, GNBC, she is an Associate Minister, Director of Church Wide Affairs, Assistant Director of The Youth Department, Assistant Director of Vacation Bible School, Assistant Director of Visions of Faith Dance Ministry, and is a Youth Choir Advisor. She is also Reverend Blackwell's Administrative Assistant for the New Hope Missionary Baptist Association.
Louise Scott-Rountree has the compassion for assisting and loving others. She states that this is what God requires of us. But first and foremost she is living to please God. Aristotle put it this way "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work". So therefore, she will not be weary in well doing because she believes she will reap if she faints not. - Galatians 6:9
Rev. Marcus Johnson – Associate Minister
Minister Marcus Johnson was born on Nov. 7, 1990 in Newark, NJ to Jacqueline Johnson and Terry Whitely. Minister Johnson was educated in the Irvington public school system and in June of 2008 graduated from Irvington High school with a 3.2 GPA. In August of 2008, Minister Johnson began his freshman year of college at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ where his major is in Theology. He is a recipient of the Keys Award which is a scholarship for four years at St. Peters in recognition of his high school achievement. Marcus states “I am not going to college just for myself, but I am going to college to make a strong impact on the world. I believe education is very important and will knock down the negative stereotypes an statistics about African American people. I must get an education and show what African Americans are capable of achieving”. In October of 2008 Minster Johnson was installed as the President of the New Hope Association’s Yes Aim Department. Minister Johnson has served on the Trustee Board for three (3) years, has been a part of the Men’s Ministry for almost five (5) years and has been a Children’s Church and Teen Bible Study teacher for four (4) years. Brother Johnson has been a dedicated member of Good Neighbor Baptist church and plans to uplift and inspire the members of this church as a minister.
He preached is Trial Sermon on Sunday November 9, 2008 and was licensed by Good Neighbor Baptist Church