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The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar, Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar is a graduate of Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions in Columbia, SC. He has served churches as pastor since 1985, originally preparing for overseas mission service. Pastor Phil is sometimes known as "Pastor Gadget" or "Tech Pastor" because of his interest in and use of technology in teaching and preaching. Since 1992 he has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, teaching courses in Communication Studies (PhD Temple University, 1997, Rhetoric and Communication).

"Our focus as a church is to live out a missional theology that celebrates the work of Jesus in his death, resurrection and ascension as the inbreaking of the kingdom of God in a lost and broken world so loved by God. We hope to be a sign, instrument and foretaste of the kingdom, bringing God's restoration into the life of our local community and world."