Rev. Dr. Blackwell, III, First Vice President of the General Baptist Convention of New Jersey, Inc., is a native of Newark and was educated in the Newark school system. He is happily married to the lovely B. Helena Monk Blackwell, and he is the proud father of three daughters, and the grandfather of two grandsons. He has served as the Senior Pastor of the Good Neighbor Baptist Church, Newark, since May 7, 1995. He has earned an Associates Degree in Religious Arts from the Northeastern Bible College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bible from the Philadelphia College of the Bible (1991), and a Doctorate in Ministry Degree from the New York Theological Seminary (2000). He is the former Moderator of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Association.