General Baptist Convention

of  New Jersey, Inc.


Reverend Dr. George A. Blackwell, III   - Convention President                     


Rev. Dr. Blackwell, a Viet Nam veteran, is a native of Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in and was educated in the Newark school system. Dr. Blackwell is happily married to the lovely and former B. Helena Monk, and he is the proud father of three daughters, Rashida, Lisa, and Denyzha ("Nay-Nay"), Godfather to Blair, and the grandfather of two grandsons, Isaiah and Douglas, IV.


At his home church Tabernacle Baptist Church of Newark, New Jersey, Dr. Blackwell served as a Trustee, a Deacon and finally became Assistant to the Pastor, the late Rev. Dr. William Irving.  During his time at Tabernacle, Dr. Blackwell began studies at Northeastern Bible College earning an Associate Degree in Religious Arts.  Going on to Philadelphia College of the Bible (PCB), he earned a Bachelor 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 May 1994.


 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 has been "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."  In 1996 he earned the designation of Board-Certified chaplain through the College of Chaplains a.k.a.  Association of Professional Chaplains.


 In the fall of 1997 Dr. Blackwell returned to seminary (NYTS) to earn a Doctor of Ministry Degree awarded in May 2000. On March 23, 2006, the College of Pastoral Supervision of Psychotherapy (CPSP), rewarded Dr. Blackwell the supervisory designation of “Diplomat” of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).


Dr. Blackwell has served as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at the Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick, NJ; Director of Pastoral Care and Education at University Hospital in Newark, NJ; and Manager of Family Support for the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network.


In addition Dr. Blackwell served as Moderator of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Association from 2008 to 2012, and is currently serving as President of the General Baptist Convention of New Jersey, Inc.