Cumberland County Deputy Freeholder Director Rev. James A. Dunkins was honored as one of the Men of the Year and was presented with the Youth Ministry Award by the New Jersey Conference of the NAACP on Sept. 9.
"Having responsible, educated young people is a definite to ensure progress," said Dunkins.
"It has been a pleasure to help motivate and encourage our community youth."
Dunkins was elected to the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders in November 2008.
He has served as the senior pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church since 1987 and is a retired employee of the Bridgeton Board of Education.In addition to serving as a senior pastor, Dunkins is the program development and grant writer for the Bethany Baptist Association and a professor at the Philadelphia College of Bible South Jersey Campus since 1996.He is a member of the Affordable Housing Commission, assistant chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County and a former member of the Cumberland Empowerment Zone.Dunkins received his associate degree from Cumberland County College, a bachelor's degree from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a masters of education degree from Philadelphia College of Bible.
" I am delighted that we finally have such a massive collaboration of partners including parents, county agencies, and elected officials working towards the same goal," said Reverend James Dunkins, head of the Concerned Citizens Non-violence Community Committee.
Pastor Dunkins is the Senior Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church (One Church in Two Locations), which is located in Port Norris and Vineland, New Jersey.He has been the Senior Pastor of Shiloh since May 1987.
As a result of his pastoring, teaching and implementation of new ministries, the church has grown spiritually, financially and numerically.
Pastor Dunkins is a life-long learner with a varied educational background.
He received a BA in Social Work from Stockton State College, His Masters of education degree from Philadelphia College of Bible. (PCB) A Masters of Educational Leadership Degree from Philadelphia Biblical University, and a Doctor of Ministry in Missions & Contextual leadership from Palmer Theological Seminary.Pastor Dunkins was bi-vocational and retired from the Bridgeton board of education in 2011 he has educational certifications in the following areas: Special education teacher, Child Study Team Social Worker, Curriculum Supervisor, Principal, and School Administrator.
He has also served as an elected official with one-term as a Cumberland County Freeholder.Pastor Dunkins continues to expand the vision of Shiloh Baptist to make sure we embrace the changes in our culture that will keep our evangelistic efforts relevant.
We serve the communities of Commercial Township and Vineland through the "Beyond The Walls Community Development Corporation (C.D.C.) We are looking to expand the church in Vineland and establish more outreach and social services through our Community Center.
His goal is to keep Shiloh "an exciting place to worship".
The church has continued to be a force in the South Jersey community.
Pastor Dunkins is a noted conference speaker, with a specialty on men, relationships and Missional Outreach.
He is also an author of the following books: Producing Under Pressure, Seasons of Pain, What a Man Thinks, and Don't just make a Baby be a father.
Pastor Dunkins is married to the former Marsha Morris.
They are Rev. Sturevant, Rev. Williams, Rev. Moore, Rev. Harris, Rev. Holly, Rev. J. Donaldson, Rev. S. Donaldson, Rev. Johnson, Rev. Whitfield, and our present Pastor, Rev. James A. Dunkins.
In 1985, our present Senior Pastor, Rev. James A. Dunkins, was installed.
Under his leadership, we have been blessed, through his God-given Vision, to build a new edifice.
Through the Vision that God has given Pastor Dunkins, Shiloh now has three full Morning Worship Services: 8:00 a.m. Early Worship & 11:00 a.m. Worship in Port Norris and 9:30 a.m. Worship in Vineland; a Christian Education program that offers weekly Bible Study classes for adults and age-appropriate youth classes; a New Members Orientation Program (Pastor*s New Members Class & Discipleship); a recording Mass Choir and two Youth Choirs; an Usher Ministry that consists of four separate committees; a Power with Purpose/Spiritual Gift Survey Ministry; a Tape & Video Ministry; and the *Day of Deliverance* Television Broadcast which airs on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Additionally, Pastor Dunkins was the Founder and Developer of the Shiloh Community Development Corporation and the force behind the Port Norris WorkForce Center.
Through this program, many needs were met throughout the Cumberland County area including a Clothing & Feeding Program, Medical Transportation Program and job development.
In 1996, his family joined Shiloh Baptist Church in Port Norris/Vineland under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Rev. James Allen Dunkins, where they have been members for 16 ½ years.He has served as an usher, van driver and sang on the Men's Choir.
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