Church Profile

PREFACE

"How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10:14-15a

Upon the resignation of the Senior Pastor position, the Board of Deacons is mandated by the Church Constitution to immediately establish a Pulpit Search Committee. This group is responsible for implementing initiatives that will lead to the identification of that person God has already ordained to become the next Senior Pastor of the St. Paul's Baptist Church.

The creation of this document has been done with love for our church and its people. God continues to bless us as we take this “journey of joy”! Looking at our past and more importantly, providing a “snapshot” of the church today is helping us plan for the future. So as St. Paul’s Baptist Church begins its search for the new Senior Pastor, it is clear that a candidate will want to understand as much about an organization that he or she could before making a decision to apply for their top leadership position. The Pulpit Search Committee trusts that you will appreciate the task of this endeavor.

To God be given the glory!

PURPOSE

MISSION STATEMENT
As called people of God, united in Christ's love, that have chosen to align with His will, it is the mission of St. Paul's Baptist Church to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ by word and deed.

We shall minister to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ, to those in the community, and shall work together to spread the gospel throughout the world.

VISION FOR THE FUTURE

Under the theme “Every Member in Study and Ministry” it is our aim to assist individual growth in Christ and to become better equipped to practice and share the teachings and principles of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

DOCTRINE AND CORE BELIEFS

The Holy Bible: St. Paul’s Baptist Church accepts the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired record of God's revelatory actions in human history and as the authoritative basis for its doctrine and practice. It is the church belief that the Holy Bible is the one document of faith and it was written by men divinely inspired without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16)

The Holy Trinity: St. Paul’s embraces’ the Holy Trinity in which God, his son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit exist as the three distinct entities in one essential holy being. (Romans 8:11 and Matthew 28:19)

The Fall of Man: The Church further believe that man, though created as a perfect being by God, was tempted by Satan to disobey God’s commands and fell out of a state of perfection and into an eternal condition of sin. (Genesis 3: 1-24)

Salvation: St. Paul’s Baptist Church believes in the redemptive nature of Christ’s death and the resurrection. Specifically, Man’s salvation from the permanent bondage of sin has been attained through God’s grace and the redeeming death of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. The church believes that Jesus Christ was crucified to absolve Man of his sinful nature. Further, that Christ arose from the dead and ascended into heaven after the third day of the crucifixion. Moreover, that man can have eternal life in heaven with Christ if he repents his sins and accepts Jesus Christ as his personal savior. (Romans 1:16-18)

Baptism: The Church believes that the act of immersing the body in water is a sign of religious purification and consecration. Religious immersion signifies the forgiveness and cleansing from sin that comes through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 1:33 and Mark 1:4).

The Lord’s Supper: St. Paul’s observes Holy Communion as the Lord decreed to His disciples at the Last Supper to remember His sacrifice by communing together and symbolically drinking His blood and eating His body. (Luke 22:18, John 6:25-59and 1Corinthians 11:23-34)

The Second Coming of Christ: The Church accepts that Christ will return to earth once again to take his believers to Heaven. Those who believe in Christ will ascend to Heaven at the second coming to reside with the Holy Trinity. Believers that have passed on will likewise be raised from the dead and reborn with perfect new bodies in Heaven. Those who do not believe in Christ will be relegated to a place of endless punishment. (Mark 16:16 and Luke 23:43)

Evangelism: Man does not know the time of judgment; therefore it is the duty of all believers to live in anticipation of the second coming. It is our mission and duty to spread the “good news” about the redeeming story of Christ to everyone on earth. (Acts 21:8, Ephesians 4:11, and 2 Timothy 4:5)

CHURCH COVENANT

The Church has adopted the following Covenant as a promise by its membership to accept the lordship of Jesus Christ in their spiritual and daily life affairs:

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior; and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us towards its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the Church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.

We further engage to watch over, to pray for to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other's reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each other's joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another's burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to given or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Savior in the eighteenth Chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, and evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.

When we remove from this place, we will engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

CHURCH INFORMATION

Just as a body though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body –whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. I Corinthians 12:12-14

St. Paul’s is located in a suburban neighborhood, with 40% of the members traveling 2-10 miles, 40% traveling more than 10 miles and 20% traveling 2-5 miles to the church.

St. Paul’s is an old established church, with a long history of ministry. It has helped establish at least one church. After moving to our present location, St. Paul’s added “Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza” to its street address.

The approximate racial/ethnic mix of our congregation is approximately 98% African-American, 1% Caucasian and 1% other (Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American).

Pursuant to the church roster, the gender makeup of our congregation is l48 Adult men, 302 adult women, and 150 children.

The vocational composition is diverse. Members are employed as professionals, Para professionals, skilled craftsmen, unskilled laborers, clerical and domestic workers in fields including but not limited to: health care, legal, education, bio technical, science, engineering

The congregation participates in the convention and congress of the National Baptist Convention, with approximately eight to ten members in attendance. It has also been affiliated with the Progressive Baptist Conference and the American Baptist.

Organizational Chart of St. Paul’s formal structure includes Spiritual and Financial leaders: the Senior Pastor, Deacons, Trustees, Deacons and several Ministries:
· Department of General Ministries
· Department of Worship & Music Ministries
· Department of Missions & Evangelism
· Department of Specialized Ministries
· Department of Youth Ministries
· Department Institutional Development, Finance & Property Ministries

CHURCH CHARACTERISTICS

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4: 11 – 13

· We support our Pastor as leader, assisted by the Deacon Board.
· We expect sound biblical teaching.
· Members share gifts within worship.
· We welcome visitors and new members.
· We are influenced by history and tradition but capable of change when and where appropriate.
· We are involved in community affairs.
· We are governed by a board that presents to the larger body.
· We are growing in a spirit of unity.
· We care about and seek to help all for our brothers and sisters.

DEMOGRAPHICS

The community demographics that impact St. Paul’s Baptist Church of West Chester, Pennsylvania have changed over the last thirty (30) years. Initially, when the church was located in the borough of West Chester, St. Paul’s primarily served the African-American population living in that area. When the church relocated to West Goshen Township, however, the service area and ethnic populace expanded. St. Paul’s location offers tremendous outreach opportunities. The church now serves a community that is more diverse and includes people of various ethnic backgrounds including Caucasian, Hispanic and Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Native American families. As St. Paul’s has grown and changed, so too has Chester County. Chester County has grown from a rural county to a cosmopolitan suburban center. As one of the most prosperous counties in Pennsylvania, Chester County is now ranked as one of the best places in America to raise a family when considering population, education, medical centers, law enforcement, employment, housing, transportation and thoroughfares and culture.

Population
Two of the primary zip codes in the church service area are 19380 and 19382. There are approximately 18,000 persons residing in these zip codes. The racial breakdown in these zip codes includes 72% White, 17% Black or African American, 9% Hispanic and Latino, 1% Asian and Pacific Islanders, and 1% Native American. These zip codes include the Borough of West Chester, East Bradford Township, East Goshen Township, West Goshen Township, West Whiteland Township, Westtown Township, Thornbury Township (Delaware County). The church demographics also expand throughout Chester County. This diverse multi-ethnic spiritual center draws families from a 75 square mile area that extends as far north as King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, as far south as six (6) zip codes in Delaware, as far east as Lindenwold, New Jersey, and as far west as Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

Education
The primary school system is the West Chester Area School District. There are ten (10) Elementary, three (3) Middle, and three (3) High schools that service about 12,000 young people. There are also a sundry of Charter and private schools available in the area. In addition, there are fifteen (15) College and Universities in the general area that include West Chester, Cheyney, Lincoln, Widener, and Immaculata (all very close to the church). Other area universities include Villanova, Penn State, Temple, Drexel, St. Joseph, La Salle, and Penn.

Medical Centers
Medical professionals abound the area and have many hospital units to connect with patients. They include Chester County Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Memorial Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Brandywine Medical Center. The area is also rich with many Assisted Living centers and Nursing Homes to cater to the elderly community. There are also Senior Centers in the area that provide creative activities and additional networking programs for this community.

Law Enforcement
The area is meshed with a strong legal community that includes various police units, a solid court system, and an array of practicing attorneys’ at-law to assist and protect the populace.

Transportation
The area has enhanced its public transportation systems to include bus units throughout Chester County. The Amtrak Railroad offers rail commuting throughout the state. In addition, the Philadelphia International Airport handles the major flying population. There are also smaller airports nearby in Reading and Allentown, Pa. to offer alternative connecting points. The area also supports a thriving rental car, cab and limousine service to assist the community.

Thoroughfares
The area has many highways to expedite commuting in and out of neighborhoods. They include routes 1, 3, 30, 52, 100, and 202 for neighborhood connecting and PA 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) for state travel. Route 95 handles inter-state travel for the area. These connecting systems all work to provide a wonderful quality of life for those living in Chester County and to the church community.

Culture
There is something to satisfy almost every interest in Chester County. Longwood Gardens is nationally famous for its numerous varieties of flower and plants. Chester County has several prominent museums including the Brandywine River Museum (housing a large collection of Andrew Wyeth paintings) and the Wharton Esherick Museum. Historic Yellow Springs is also a favorite of art lovers. Area theaters such as The people's Light and Theater Company, Footlighter’s Theatre and Hedgerow Theater produce original plays throughout the year.

Some popular activities in the county are seasonal events, like the Kimberton Fair, displaying arts, crafts and home-making skills. The Devon Horse Show and County Fair held in May are big crowd pleasers. Hayrides abound from May to October (including haunted ones) and pick-your-own pumpkin patches and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms are plentiful.

Dance patrons also have several options for seeing live ballet performances from top-notch companies like the Chester County Ballet/Harrison Dance Studios, Crance Performing Arts School, West Chester Ballet Theatre, the Brandywine Ballet and the world-famous Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia and the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware in Wilmington.

Festivals galore! Annual special events run all year through. Starting with the West Chester Festival of the Arts, the Chester County Hospital May Fest and Brandywine hospitals Strawberry Festival in the Spring; summers schedule includes the Delco Scottish Games, Yellow Springs Craft Show, the Kimberton Community Fair, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival; Chadds Ford Days in early September begins the busy fall schedule which features the Chester County Restaurant Festival and Longwood gardens Mum Festival; the varied, and quite extensive list of Christmas holiday events include Christmas at Longwood, Candlelight Christmas in Chadds Ford and Old Fashioned Christmas in West Chester.

Equestrian events also rank high on the entertainment popularity scale in the area with such premier events as the Radnor Hunt Races, the Devon Horse Show and the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Other Special events around the Delaware Valley which are perennially top draws are the Philadelphia International Auto Show, the Irish Music Festival, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Mellon Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Boat Show, Welcome America!, the Philadelphia Home Show, American Indian Pow-Wow, the Philadelphia Craft Show and the Philadelphia Art Show.

CHURCH HISTORY

And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing ye shall receive. Matthew: 21:22

Prayer has been the rock, which has sustained St. Paul’s for over 124 years.
1887 – 2010

St. Paul's Baptist Church was organized under the power and guide of the Holy Spirit by five visionary, independent Christian believers who were convinced that the Almighty in the spirit of Christ wanted them to have their own place of worship, study, and divine encounter. So it happened that on January 29, 1887, the first meeting of the Baptist Colored Mission in West Chester was held at 307 East Market Street led by Reverend H. B. Price. The church evolved through a number of name changes and institutional progressions to become the St. Paul's Baptist Church of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

St. Paul's is the oldest Baptist Church of African American heritage in the area and is affiliated with the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention and the American Baptist Churches, USA.

From 1887 to today...Over One Hundred and Twenty four Years, St. Paul's Baptist Church has emerged from that first worship service in January 1887 under the banner of "Baptist Colored Mission" to "The Angel Visit Baptist Mission" to St. Paul's Baptist Church.

Faith and grace has brought St. Paul's from a congregation of five dedicated souls to a membership today that exceeds six hundred. Sacrifice and God's favor has brought St. Paul's from a $500.00 building to a multi-million dollar complex on Hagerty Boulevard. To the Glory of God!

St. Paul's has stood as a living testimony to God's faithfulness to His children and the teachings of Christ. St. Paul's has served as an anchor for many souls in times of social injustice, human need, economic depression, warfare, uncertainty, and perplexity.

Today, St. Paul's is actively engaged in seeking to develop and implement a program and plan of action for the church in the 21stcentury. Under the theme "Every Member In Study and Ministry", it is our aim to assist individuals to grow in Christ and to become better equipped to practice and share the teachings and principles of Jesus.

Our aim is to become an efficient and effective teaching church as we equip our members and ministries to do the work of Christ in a spirit of humility and Christian fellowship -Build Disciples!

Pastors of St. Paul's
1887 - 1891
Reverend Asbury Smallwood
1892- 1893
Reverend James Sumber (Interim)
1893 - 1916
Reverend John C. King
1916 - 1931
Reverend Daniel B. Howard
1932 - 1963
Reverend James C. Clark
1966 - 1970
Reverend Amos C. Brown
1970 - 1977
Reverend Charles E. Booth
1978 - 1982
Reverend Harvey L. Kelly
1982 - 1983
Reverend William Robinson (Interim)
1983 - 1994
Reverend Earl D. Trent Jr.
1995 - 1996
Reverend Vernon M. Herron (Interim)
1996 -2010
Reverend Robert Scott Jones

A survey of church senior citizens reveals a few Milestones of St. Paul’s Baptist Church:

A.What have been the three most important events in this history of the church?
1. January 29, 1887: The first meeting of the Baptist Colored Mission in West Chester led by Reverend H.B. Price. The church evolved through a number of name changes and institutional progressions to become St. Paul’s Baptist church of West Chester, Pa.
2. May 16, 1986: The Church purchased seven and one half acres of land along with existing structures in the North Hills section of West Chester, Pa. (across the street from Chester County Hospital) for $350,000. A dedication ceremony was later held in June of that year. This property was subsequently sold and it led to the acquisition at One Hagerty Boulevard.
3. Year2000: The Dedication of the multimillion-dollar complex located at One Hagerty Boulevard; West Chester, Pa. Phase I was completed in 2000 that included the sanctuary only. Phase II and III were started and completed 2002-2007 and that led to naming the property MLK Plaza.

B.What in the last three years has been the most interesting and challenging event in the life of the church?
Implementing “Every Member in Study and Ministry” has been the most interesting event in the life of the church in the past 3 years. In addition, the most challenging endeavor has been to remind members to be diligent in the study and use of their God given talent, while encouraging others to become active in ministry.

LEADERSHIP

“The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” 1 Corinthians 12:7.

Every member has a vital role in the ministry of the church. St. Paul’s recognizes that some members are set apart for certain tasks of leadership based on their spiritual gifts, abilities and calling.

Ultimately, the leadership of the Church is vested in the Senior Pastor and the Deacons. There is a team, however, of spiritual, financial, executive, administrative, and other lay ministry persons who share leadership responsibility as follows:

The Senior Pastor – This individual is responsible for the spiritual oversight of the church as a preacher, teacher, manager and evangelist. The pastor facilitates the ministry of each member of the “leadership” team by developing future ministers, encouraging and supporting the work of the Deacon Board and enhancing and managing the financial viability of the church through its financial team, inclusive of the Financial Officers and Trustee Board.

The Deacon Board – This ministry is a significant component of the Spiritual Life Team that is charged with assisting the Senior Pastor in the spiritual welfare if the church. The duties include facilitating the worship service, considering applicants for church membership, providing the pulpit supply, administering the Lord’s Supper, promoting Christian Instruction and ministry to the membership.

The Ministerial Staff – This is another component of the Spiritual Life Team that serves at the behest of the Senior Pastor in carrying out the duties of the spiritual welfare of the church. Any Associate, Assistant, or Youth Minister may be called to assist in exercising the ministry of Word, Gospel, Sacrament or Pastoral Care.

The Church Treasurer – A Financial Officer and key member of the Financial Team, the Treasurer is a bonded member of the church, who has custody of all Church funds, securities, investments, title papers, and other valuable financial documents and maintains such in a secure church file, or safe deposit box at the chosen financial institution. The duties also include but are not limited to: presenting an itemized report of the receipts and disbursements, showing the actual financial condition of the Church at each annual meeting, and securing an outside audited report of the Finance Committee.

The Trustee Board – This ministry is a component of the Financial Team that is responsible for the financial viability of the church and all property of the church. Trustee duties include but are not limited to: transacting all legal matters on behalf of the Church, supervising and disbursing funds for the support of the Church as deemed appropriate, determining the use and suitable charges of the church building, education center and fellowship hall by outside groups.

The Joint Board – This group is a component of the Executive Team that is empowered by the congregation to deliberate, consider and recommend courses of action for Church business. Comprised of the Board of Deacons, the Board of Trustees, and the Church Treasurer and moderated by The Senior Pastor, the Joint Board establishes and appoints sub-committees to work under its supervision and/or according to its specific instructions.

The Unified Council – This group is another component of the Executive Team that includes appointed members. It is charged with coordinating the departmental activities of the Church as well as developing programs for the Church. The Unified Council is chaired by the Senior Pastor or Board of Deacons Chairperson (in the absence of the Senior Pastor) and consists of the Joint Board, Church Clerk, and appointed Departmental Chairpersons, and Church School Superintendent to better enable the church to fulfill its ministry and mission.

SUPERINTENDENT OF THE CHURCH SCHOOL – This individual is another member of the Executive Team that has sole authority to direct the activities of the Church School.

The Church Clerk – This individual is a key member of the Administrative Team who is charged with maintaining accurate books, records, notices and minutes of all Church Meetings, Church Membership, Resolutions, Baptisms, Weddings, Deaths, and other Communications and Reports.

The Organization Flow Chart below shows a snap shot of St. Paul’s Leadership Structure:

BUILDING AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Description of Building and Property:

St. Paul’s Baptist Church has an aesthetic all-purpose three-story building located at One Hagerty Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19382. The property owned by St. Paul’s consists of approximately 6 acres of land, and a 37,000 square feet building.

The building houses over 500 seats for a worship facility. It also houses a fellowship hall, with a fully equipped kitchen, that was completed in 2006. The fellowship hall has a seating capacity for more than 400 persons.

The multi-level building also includes several classrooms, offices, conference rooms, additional kitchen facilities, a computer lab, and a nursery.

St. Paul’s does not own a parsonage, and no new building programs are planned.

St. Paul’s also owns a passenger van and a mini bus. The parking lot has approximately 170 parking spaces in the front and rear of the building, and potentially room for more if needed.

The building and property owned by St. Paul’s Baptist Church are in satisfactory operating condition and are adequate for its use.

Financial Information:

Operations Overview:
The 2010 operating budget of St. Paul’s Baptist Church is $831,000. This compares with the 2009 budget of $775,000, an increase of 7%. Actual 2010 revenues to-date is lower than the budget due to the adverse economic effects the U. S. recession is having on giving by the congregation. However, St. Paul’s is meeting its financial obligations through a combination of revenues generated, cost reductions, and use of available cash.

St. Paul’s has an active Missions and Evangelism ministry. Annual giving to this ministry has averaged $35,000 for the past 5 years.

In compensating our pastor, St. Paul’s provides a competitive cash salary, attractive benefits, and ministry-related expense reimbursement.

Financial Position Overview:
At September 30, 2010, St. Paul’s Baptist Church had total assets of approximately $4.0 million, long-term debt obligations and other liabilities of approximately $2.9 million, and unrestricted church equity of approximately $1.1 million.

Committee Members
The Search Committee, comprised of the following 11 members, has professional expertise and spiritual leadership to assist in the selection of an Interim and Senior Pastor:

Nathaniel Crook – Former Human Resource Manager General Electric and Director of Human Resources Lincoln University (retired), has served as Coordinator Media Relations of the National Baptist Convention and as Chairperson of St. Paul’s Deacon Board, Director of the Department of Educational Ministry and Sunday school teacher. He serves as Chairperson of the current Search committee and has previously served in this capacity in a previous undertaking for a Senior Pastor.

Judith Harris – Relationship Manager with Graystone Wealth Management and former Vice President with First National Bank of Chester County, has served as a Trustee, Church Treasurer, Usher, and Chairperson of the Deacon Board. She continues in her service as a member of the Deacon Board.

Avis James – A former decorated Elementary School Teacher with forty years experience teaching and participating in administrative hiring (retired), currently facilitates workshops for the national STEP (systematic, training for effective parenting) program teaching organizational skills and time management. She serves as Secretary of the Trustee Board and is active in the Women’s Fellowship and the Visitors and Greeters Ministry.

Joye McDonald-Hamer - An attorney for 30 years, has served on the Housing Commission of the National Baptist Convention and has served as Chairperson of the St. Paul’s Women’s Fellowship, the Youth Ministry and the Young Adult Ministry (YAM). She has also been active in the Visitors and Greeters and the St. Paul’s Music Ministries as a member of the Inspirational Choir and former member of the Joyful Praise Dance Ministry.

Doris McGillan – Former International Representative for AFLCIO Chemical Workers (retired), has served on Global Missions as Coordinator for Economic Development projects with The Missions Department of the Progressive Baptist Convention and the American Baptist Convention. She has also served as President of St. Paul’s Mission Ministry for ten years and founded the St. Paul’s Baptist Church Tree of Life Legacy Program.

Isaac Smalls – Former Vice President of Financial Reporting for Ametek, Inc. (retired) and a member of Financial Executives International. He served as a financial manager for the “Nehemiah” Project during phase II of St. Paul’s building expansion and as a member of MLK Community Development Corporation. He currently serves as Treasurer of the St. Paul’s Men’s Fellowship, an active member of the Tree of Life Legacy Program and the Study & Design Team ad hoc committee.

Marvin Stewart – Former District Manager of Human Resources for the United Parcel Service (retired) has served on the Laymen’s Committee of the National Baptist Convention and as Chairperson of St. Paul’s Deacon Board. He also served as the Chairperson of the previous Pulpit Search Committee. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Deacon Board and an active member of the Inspirational eHeChoir.

Milton Stith – Former President and CEO of Ace Signs Incorporated and Manufacturing Manager at Westinghouse Electric Corporation (retired). He is also the past president of the Chamber of Commerce in Downingtown, Pa. He has served as member of Registration Committee for the National Baptist Convention and the Pennsylvania State Baptist Convention and seven years as Chairperson of the St. Paul’s Trustee Board and co-founder and Consultant for MLK, Inc. He has also served as Project Manager for Phase II and III of the St. Paul’s Renovation Program. He currently is active as an Emeritus member of the Trustee Board and Men’s Fellowship. He is also the Assistant Treasurer of the Eastern Region Laymen Movement (a ministry of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention).

Akita Woodford – An Independent Residential Designer and is active in the Deaconess Ministry, Women’s Fellowship and an active member of the Joyful Praise Dance Ministry. She currently serves as Chairperson for the Youth Department and a Church School Teacher. She is active in the National Baptist Congress.

Jamila Young – An Executive Recruiting Manager for GlaxoSmith Kline Pharmaceutical Company, has served homeless women in the St. Paul’s Ministry of Christian Compassion and has participated in the Women’s Day Choir. She is an active member of the Young Adult Journey to Wisdom Church School Class.

Joseph Younge – Has been a Business Account and Regional Field Sales Manager with Verizon Wireless and Pitney Bowes. He is the former President and CEO of Reading Railcar, Inc. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Trustee Board and member of the Men’s Choir. A member of the Study & Design Team ad hoc committee, he is currently Chairman of St. Paul’s Men’s Fellowship ministry.