Reverend Doctor Vernon C. Walton
Reverend Doctor Vernon C. Walton
The greatest reward for Reverend Vernon C. Walton
came the day that he
Today, as Senior Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church
of Englewood, New Jersey, Walton's primary mission is to "make a difference in our community and be a light of hope for the world.
Simply stated, Mount Calvary
is "A Church Committed to Christ and His
earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary of Dayton, Ohio
in December 2003.
Walton has been a life-long student of the Word.
Born and raised in Jersey City, he
received the call during his
high school years, which he
later answered as a college student.
Upon earning his license to preach in 1989 and becoming ordained in 1993, he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology & Criminal Justice from Virginia Union University and enrolled in the New York Theological Seminary.
By 1997, he received his Master of Divinity Degree and began his journey on the path to ministry.
Armed with drive and education, Walton
flourished under the tutelage of the late Reverend H. Hudson Bobbitt.
"Reverend Bobbitt was an exceptional minister and mentor to me.
played an active role in my development and entrusted me to stand in his
place whenever possible," he
Walton began his ecclesiastical career at Salem Baptist Church in Jersey City as Associate Minister and made his rounds in general pastoral care.
He would later join St. James Baptist Church of Milford, Virginia as Minister of Youth and Young Adults.
During 1995, Walton joined the Washington, D.C.-based Congress of National Black Churches where he was responsible for administrating the Roche/Paterson Black Church Family Initiative.
In conjunction with his year-long tenure with the Congress, he joined Mount Olive Baptist Church of Hackensack, New Jersey as Youth Pastor and later filled the position of Assistant Pastor in 1996.
While acting as Mount Olive's Chairman of the Youth Advisory Board, his
duties afforded him the opportunity to oversee the activities of the scholarship and education committees and assist the church's Senior Pastor with meeting the needs of their 1,900 member parish.
In 1998, Reverend Walton
was honored to accept the position of Senior Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church
As the church's fourth Pastor, he has remained committed to building upon Mount Calvary's family-oriented environment.
Ever mindful of the importance of service and community, Walton
implemented Mount Calvary's computer-training center and spearheaded the church's efforts in providing a summer performing arts camp as well as a community-wide back-to-school supply party for its youth members.
He managed the Bergen County's Community Action Program, "Time and Talents," which offers mentorship to former recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the first faith based collaboration of its kind in the state of New Jersey.
Voted among Gospel Today's
"most loved pastors" of 2001, Walton
is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.
has been honored with the NAACP's Edward P. Dixon Award for Community Service as well as Humanitarian Awards from the National Conference for Community and Justice and the Jabari Society of Bergen County
Most notable, however, was being selected as one of the "Twenty To Watch Under Forty" by The African American Pulpit Journal
, (Summer 2005), the Premiere African American Preaching Journal
was also selected as one of the "40 Under 40 to Watch" by The Network Journal
, (Spring 2010).
In addition to his pastoral duties he was elected to serve as the first African-American Freeholder for the County of Bergen, and also served as immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Ramapo College.
Reverend Walton also acts as Director of Christian Education for the North Jersey Missionary Baptist Association and he is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the 1st Bergen Federal Credit Union.
most recent accomplishment is the publishing of his
first book "Life Lessons: Living, Learning & Trusting God."
Based in Englewood, New Jersey, Reverend Vernon C. Walton
role as preacher and teacher.