REV. JAMES A. DUNKINS,SENIOR PASTOR/TEACHERPastor 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.
Under his leadership, the church has been blessed through his God-given Vision, to build a new edifice in April 1993; purchase 4.5 acres of land for a recreation center in 1996; received $215,000 to operate the WorkFirst Center in 1998; received $182,000 to operate a Youth Job Readiness Program in 1999; and opened the Shiloh Baptist Church location in Vineland in 2000.
Pastor Dunkins continues to be a Visionary!
We purchased twelve more acres of land in Port Norris to expand the Shiloh Community Development Corporation program.
We are looking to expand the church in Vineland and establish more evangelistic outreach and social services.
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 and God has placed a particular burden on his heart for men.
Pastor Dunkins has a varied educational background.
He received an Associates Degree from Cumberland County College; a Bachelors Degree from Stockton State College; and a Master of Education Degree and a Master of Education Leadership Administration from Philadelphia College of Bible (PBU), Langhorne, Pennsylvania.He is presently pursuing a Doctorate from PBU.Pastor Dunkins served as a Trustee, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Usher and President of the Intermediate Choir while at New Hope Baptist Church in Cedarville, New Jersey.He was Licensed as a Minister in 1983 and Ordained by the Bethany Baptist Association in 1985.Pastor Dunkins has served as the Secretary of the Ebenezer Baptist Union and he is a member of the Permanent Council of the Bethany Baptist Association.He was also elected as a member of the Cumberland County Board of Freeholders.Pastor Dunkins has received numerous awards and recognitions from the Cumberland County Jaycees, the City Council of the City of Bridgeton Public School, the Martin Luther King Academy, the State of New Jersey, Senate and General Assembly, the New Jersey Black Educators Association, and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge F&AM/State of New Jersey.
He also received the Congressional Certificate of Achievement for Faith-Based Community Project in May 2000 W.E.B. Dubois Service Award Greater Vineland from the NAACP in April 2001; he was a National Faith-Based Conference Appointee in June 2001; he was appointed as a committee member of COAH (Council on Affordable Housing); received an award from the Bridgeton Area Chamber of National Congress Black Women Inc. in 2002; serves as an officer on the Black Ministers Conference of New Jersey; he is the Co-founder and on the Board of Directors of the South Jersey Urban Training Institute; and Co-founder of the Mighty Man Boot Camp.Pastor Dunkins travels extensively conducting workshops for men.
Pastor Dunkins is married to the former Marsha Morris.
Pastor Brown while under the leadership of Pastor James A. Dunkins have served on serval boards and committees, as well as taught workshops on leadership and played an instrumental role in starting Shiloh Baptist's Freedom ministry.
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.
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