Rev. Joseph B. Andrews

Associate Minister

Joseph Byron Andrews, born in St. George’s, Grenada, West Indies, alongside his beloved wife, Adrienne, are devoted servants of God.

Responding fervently to God's call in 1996, he committed boldly and faithfully to the Lord's service.  Licensed to preach on May 22, 1996, at St. Paul, he pursued extensive education, earning degrees in Biblical Studies, Bible with a minor in Christian Leadership, Bible Science, and a Master of Divinity from Cairn University in Langhorne Manor, PA.

Dedicated to mission work, he has undertaken numerous overseas trips, aiding the poor, the sick, and the marginalized.  His service extends to various ministries within St. Paul and the wider community.

Rev. Dr. Gina Jacobs-Strain

Associate Minister

Reverend Dr. Gina C. Jacobs-Strain committed her life to Christ when she was 7 years old.  She serves as General Secretary for American Baptist Churches USA. Previously, she led American Baptist Women’s Ministries and ministers in Christian Education at St. Paul.

Previously, Dr. Jacobs-Strain served as Transitional Pastor for First Baptist Church of New Market, Interim Pastor at St. Paul Baptist Church of Atlantic Highlands, and Associate Regional Pastor for Women in Ministry for American Baptist Churches New Jersey.

Dr. Jacobs-Strain graduated with a  BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Duke University.  She is married to Clifton Strain and they have three sons.

Dr. Gwen Parker Ames

Associate Minister

Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, licensed as a Minister at St. Paul Baptist Church in 2007, is a servant leader fostering collaborations in her community and beyond.  Guided by 2 Corinthians 2:15, she inspires others to embody Christ's essence.

With a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Ames serves as an educator, playwright, and filmmaker.  She previously served as the Dean of Student Success at Nyack College and is a Board-Certified Chaplain.

She is passionate about addressing educational disparities and mentors children failed by the school system.

She is married to Donald Ames and they have one son.

David Anderson

Associate Minister

Minister David Anderson, blessed with a wife, Aida, and five children, joined St. Paul Baptist Church of Montclair, N.J. in 1998.  Initially serving as an usher, he transitioned to the Deacon Board in 2004.  Licensed to preach on April 6, 2006, he is currently pursuing spiritual growth at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

As the founder of the SENT ministry (“Save, Enlighten, Nurture, and Teach”), Minister Anderson is dedicated to serving men in local shelters, guiding them to Jesus and reuniting them with their families.  Alongside believers from various churches, he has facilitated the installation of six wells in Ghana, Africa, providing clean drinking water to villages.  His career as a Process Automation Engineer in the pharmaceutical industry has taken him worldwide, where he shares his testimony of overcoming cancer—Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma—twice, attributing all glory to God.
Minister Anderson's unwavering faith in Christ sustains him through all circumstances, whether in times of joy or hardship.

Andrew Johnson

Associate Minister

Minister Andrew Johnson serves as the Youth and Young Adult Minister at St. Paul Baptist Church.  He has been a member of the ministerial staff since 2012. Throughout his time of service, he has been dedicated to ensuring the youth and young adults of the church tap into the greatness that lies within them through the power of Jesus Christ.  Minister Johnson serves as a mentor for the Children United Stand Higher (C.U.S.H) ministry, facilitator of the weekly Young Adult Bible Study and has managed opportunities for the churches youth to participate in community service.  Furthermore, he’s a member the Operation Seed Life Ministry which focuses on garnering opportunities for those who don’t know Jesus to get to know Him and accept Him as Savior and Lord!

Minister Johnson is a 2005 graduate of Montclair High School.  In 2009, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a proud member of the New York Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.  He also earned the rank of Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts Of America USA) in 2005.  He currently works for The Walt Disney Company in New York City as an Account Executive in commercial advertising sales.

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