General Baptist Convention
of New Jersey, Inc.
Rev. Dr. Blackwell, a native of New Jersey, grew up in Newark and was educated in the Newark school system. Dr. Blackwell is happily married to the lovely and former Helena Monk, and he is the proud father of three daughters, Rasheeda, Lisa, and Denyzha ("Nay-Nay") and the grandfather of one grandson, Isaiah Edward Frazier.
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 is "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." Since that time the Gospel has been preached, weapons (The Bible) have been shown, our membership has grown, ministries have been revitalized, servants have been called and ordained into service.
Dr. Blackwell's pastoral tour of duty is filled with accomplishments. These are just a few of them:
*Became a Board certified Chaplin by the Association of Professional Chaplains
*Served as Chaplin for a local Hospice organization
*Returned to Seminary School to earn a Doctor of Ministry Degree
*Joined the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network and their Family Support Coordinator for Trauma and Bereavement
*Contributed a chapter in the book entitled "Care Giving and Loss: Family Needs, Professional Response" published by the Hospice Foundation of America
*Invited by the government of Barbados to participate in a National End-Of-Life Awareness Program .
*Served as a Field Education Supervisor for Princeton Theological Seminary
*Served as a panel speaker for the Annual Hospice Foundation of America's Bereavement teleconference, which was hosted by over 2,000 individual sites with over 100,000 participating viewers
*Serves as a Clinical Pastoral Supervisor at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
*On March 23, 2006, Dr. Blackwell was named "Diplomat" of Clinical Pastoral Education by the College of Pastoral Supervision of Psychotherapy (CPSP), a nationally recognized authority on clinical pastoral education. The title of "Diplomat" is the highest designation in clinical pastoral education. Dr. Blackwell is the only African American male in the nation to receive this designation.
Dr. Blackwell was installed as the New President of General Baptist Convention of New Jersey December 2020.
Dr. Blackwell has been very busy but never to busy for the loves of his life: The Lord, his wife, his children, his family, and Good Neighbor Baptist Church. Dr. Blackwell says "It is humbling to find himself in God's service on so many different battlefields." No one but the Lord could have kept him. And the Lord is not done blessing him yet.