Vernon C. WaltonMount Calvary Baptist Church
...Our Pastor , Dr. Vernon C. Walton
The greatest reward for Dr. Vernon C. Walton
came the day that he
first sermon.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
Cause."A recent recipient of his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary, 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.He
played an active role in my development and entrusted me to stand in his
place whenever possible," he
notes.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.Englewood's Mayor Paul Fader, Dr. Walton
In 1998, Reverend Walton
was honored to accept the position of Senior Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church
.As the church's fourth Pastor in its 45-year history, he
has remained committed to building upon Mount Calvary's
family-oriented environment.In addition to instituting the second Sunday service during 2000, he
message each Friday on "Totally Committed," a weekly broadcast available via local cable television.
Ever mindful of the importance of service and community, Walton
has implemented Mount Calvary's computer-training center and spearheads 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 is a member of the "Break the Cycle" Scholarship Committee and manages 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 it's kind in the state of New Jersey.
Although each day presents a new, uncharted journey for the Reverend, he
acknowledges that his
greatest challenge lies in guiding his
congregation to connect with their inner source."There exists an extreme lack of empowerment and self-esteem among many people today," he
notes."I do my best to assist them on their journey by assuring them that God has a greater plan.Although the message has been difficult to relay at times, my goal is to help them understand that they can indeed move beyond their present circumstances."
Voted among Gospel Today's
"most loved pastors" of 2001, Walton
is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.To his
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 the award of his
Doctor of Divinity Degree in 2000, honoris causa, from the Eastern Theological Seminary of Lynchburg, Virginia
roles as a preacher and teacher.In addition to his pastoral duties, Reverend Walton acts as Second Vice-President of the NAACP of Bergen County and Corresponding Secretary for the North Jersey Missionary Baptist Association.An active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., he lends his time and expertise as President of the Black Clergy Council for Englewood, Teaneck and Vicinity, Adjunct Professor at Berkeley College's Wardwick, New Jersey campus, Instructor for the General Baptist Convention of New Jersey's Summer Assembly and Chaplain for Englewood's Police & Fire Departments.
Based in Englewood, New Jersey, Reverend Vernon C. Walton
role as preacher and teacher.