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. Nicholas A. Johnson - Associate Minister
The Reverend Nicholas A. Johnson was born on January 13, 1988 in Newark, New Jersey to Jacqueline Johnson and Terrence Whitley. He is the oldest of four sons. At an early age, Nicholas was excited about his relationship with God and heavily involved in church. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at seven years old and distinguished himself in his church by singing in the choir and working in various ministries. He preached his first sermon when he was twelve, at which point he knew what God wanted him to do. Sure of his calling to the ministry, Nicholas was licensed to preach the Gospel on July 13, 2003 at fifteen years old, becoming the youngest person to be licensed as a minister at Good Neighbor Baptist Church (Newark, NJ) and becoming one of the youngest ministers in the country. Since then, he has traveled extensively proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people. In May 2011, Nicholas was set apart for the work of ordained ministry by Good Neighbor Baptist Church and the New Hope Missionary Baptist Association of New Jersey.
A life-long learner, Nicholas takes education very seriously. In 2006, he graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School (West Orange, NJ) where he was an honor student and school leader. While in high school, he took up additional studies at the Newark School of Theology (NJ), taking courses in biblical studies, church history, and theology. A 2010 college graduate, Nicholas received Bachelor of Arts degrees with honors in history and religious studies from the University of Chicago (IL). While in college, he was extremely active on campus as president of the Organization of Black Students, a member of the University’s gospel choir, and an active participant in various community service organizations. In April 2008, Nicholas was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a very prestigious program at select colleges that is geared toward preparing minority students for doctoral studies in academic areas where they are underrepresented in order to diversify higher education. In April 2009, he was named an Undergraduate Fellow by the Fund for Theological Education (FTE). Also, he was named a Congregational Fellow by FTE in 2010. This esteemed national fellowship was established to help students finance their educations in ministry and the study of religion.
In May 2013, Nicholas received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (NJ) where he was awarded the E.L. Wailes Memorial Award in New Testament, the Raymond Lindquist Fellowship in the Parish Ministry, and the Matthew Anderson, Jonathan C. Gibbs, and John B. Reeve Award. Beginning fall 2014, Nicholas will pursue a PhD in New Testament and early Christianity at Drew University (Madison, NJ). Although Nicholas is deeply engaged academically, he is still devoted to his relationship and work with the church. From November 2007 to June 2010, he served as the youth minister at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church (Chicago, IL) under the Rev. Stephen J. Thurston, president of the National Baptist Convention of America. He currently serves as an associate minister and pastoral assistant at Good Neighbor Baptist Church under the Rev. Dr. George A. Blackwell, III and remains active in myriad areas there.
Despite his busy schedule and many aspirations, Nicholas is a young man who loves excitement and enjoys all that life has to offer. He values the time he spends with family and friends and is always ready to have fun. Nicholas longs to be an example for young people by showing that one is able to be a Christian in the world without compromising his/her faith, while having fun at the same time. He also aspires to be a model for underprivileged young people by showing that one’s circumstances do not have to determine one’s future. Coming from an inner-city, single-parent household, Nicholas has overcome many adversities and wants to be an inspiration to many like him. Nicholas has accomplished much in his life thus far, and he owes all of his success to God. He recognizes, however, that he is still a “work in progress” and that God has greater things in store for him. Because of this, Nicholas is fully committed to spreading the Gospel to all who might hear him and to helping people come to faith in God.
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
Minister Scott M. Gold - Associate Minister
Scott M. Gold was born on March 21 in Brooklyn NY to the late Ann Hall-Gold and the late Mr. Paul M. Gold. He graduated from Boys and Girls High School Brooklyn, NY in 1990 . He is also a graduated of Drake Business School, NYC in 1996, where he earned a Executive Business Certificate.
Bro. Gold accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at early age while attending the Union Baptist Church Brooklyn, New York under the late Rev. A.A. Woods and the Assistant Pastor Rev. J.D. Gamble. Bro. Gold was called to preach on July 27, 1989 and was licensed by Rev. James D. Gamble Jr. and the Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY on August 20, 1989. Minister Gold served as the Youth Minister of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Virginia Beach from 1990-1991. Under Rev. J Ross, Minister Gold has preached as far as Florida. Min. Gold went to the Newark School of Theology of Newark, NJ. Minister Gold is happily married to Sis. Michele Gold, and the stepfather of Cerece Griggs. Minister Gold loves to give his all and his best to God. Minister Gold’s family joined the Good Neighbor Baptist Church, Newark NJ, September, 1997 under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. George A. Blackwell III, Pastor. While being there Minister Gold served as Associate Minister of the Good Neighbor Baptist Church from 1997 to 2003. In October, 2003, Min. Gold was lead by the Lord to go to the Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Irvington, NJ and to join on February 8, 2004 under the leadership of Pastor J. B. Alston. Under Pastor Alston’s leadership Elder Gold worked with the CCF (Christian Children Fellowship) of Mt. Zion.
On September, 2004, Min. Gold earned his Certificate in Christian Studies from the Newark School of Theology. On Sunday, September 18, 2006. Minister Gold was ordained by the Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church and was appointed Assistant Pastor of Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church. Elder Gold was happy to have Pastor Blackwell preach his ordination. In July 2009, Elder Gold returned to Good Neighbor Baptist Church.
Minister Gold is not ashamed to tell people that God blessed him in spite of.
His motto is “I Will Bless The Lord At Times”.
Rev. Dorlena Stinson – Associate Minister
She was educated in the Birmingham school system and after graduating from high school; she attended Lawson State College for one year and transferred to the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), School of Humanities where she earned her Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Sociology.
Dorlena worked as a substitute teacher before relocating to Newark in 1983. Soon after, she attended the Newark Vocations School receiving a certificate in printmaking and graphic design, She began her career with N] Transit in the scheduling department. In 1985, she transferred to Bus Operator at Big Tree Garage} she was later promoted to Bus Operations Instructor in 1993.
This specialized field includes lectures, classroom presentations (power point), testing, and field training. Learning has always been her passion, she enjoys teaching, art, reading, music, and helping others. Drawn back to the church by God, she began attending Good Neighbor Baptist Church in 1992 where she joined the adult choir. Currently she enjoys singing in two choirs, the Young Adult Choir and the Adult Choir.
She is the mother of two beautiful chil¬dren, Anitra D. Hatcher and Ethan M. Hatcher. She is presently enrolled at the Eastern Bible Institute in Irvington, N]. Dorlena's motto is "a smile a day keeps the stress away!"
One of her favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Dorlena Stinson is the daughter of Helen Stinson and Willie E. Stinson. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. At a very early age she was introduced to God. Her grandparents Deacon]im Cobbin and Deaconess Estella Richburg, along with a small group of believers, were founders of the Community Baptist Church, where Dorlena received early Christian training, participated in Sunday school, the usher board} and was a member of the choir. Later} she also traveled and sang with a gospel group known as the Heavenly Voices.