Longest Serving Pastor In The City Of Rahway Celebrating 43 Years

RAHWAY—Reverend Dr. James W. Ealey, B.A., M.Div., Th.M.,DD, of Second Baptist Church at 378 East Milton Avenue, Rahway has served as a pastor for 43 years.

On Friday, May 14, Second Baptist will be honoring their pastor and first lady, Sister Jean Hicks-Ealey, at their 7:30 p.m. In-Night Service. Reverend Allen Thompson, the pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Rahway, and his congregation will be their guests.  On Sunday at their 11 a.m. morning worship service, their own Reverend David Vaughn will deliver the anniversary sermon and the Mass Choir will be rending the music.  All are invited to come and worship with Second Baptist.


Pastor Ealey a graduate of Plainview High School, Plainview Virginia.  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree as well as a Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union University and Theological Seminary of Richmond, Virginia.  He also earned a Master of Theology Degree from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. He was awarded the honor of Doctor of Theology degree for his Christian endeavors and services rendered to the church and related fields as well as his service to the City of Rahway and the State of New Jersey.

Pastor Ealey married the former Jean Hicks of Midlothian, Virginia.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July of 2009, and out of this union they have four children, James Hamilton, a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a B.S. degree, and a Master of Science in Engineering, Rosalind Sarita, graduated from Rutgers with a B.A. and a Master’s degree in Sociology, Christina Maria graduated from Rutgers with a B.A. degree in Sociology and Religion, and James Mathias graduated from Rutgers with a B.A. degree in Sociology and Economics, and from Centenary University with a MBA degree in Banking. They have six grandchildren, Nalija, also a graduate of Rutgers University, and Curtis, who is presently a senior student at Rutgers.  Their other grandchildren are, Ciana, Kennedy and Salomon, Isabella and one great grandchild, Julisa.

Pastor Ealey has served as a member of the City of Rahway Planning Board for eighteen years and for twelve of those years served as the Board Chairman.  Other civic positions includes:  Public Assistance Board, Mayor Task Force for better Human Relations, J.F.K. Community Center, Concerned Citizens for a Constructive Community (an Interracial Organization for Quality Education), United Fund of Union County, Union County Urban League, Youth Family and Counseling Service of Union County, Union County Community Service, Affirmative Action Study Team for the Rahway School District, Union County Regional Health Planning Council, Rahway Cultivation Committee at Rahway Memorial Hospital (now known as Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway).

Pastor Ealey has served as a member of the Middlesex Central Baptist Association for the last 42 years.  During this period he has served as Moderator, Vice Moderator, Director of Christian Education, Chairman of the Permanent Council, Program Chairman and Chairman of numerous other committees and special projects.  He has served as an instructor in the School of Religion, Newark, sponsored by the General Baptist Convention of N.J. and a teacher in the Congress of Christian Education on the local, state and national levels through the certification granted by the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated.

He is the former Pastor of Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church and Saint James Baptist Church both in Richmond, Virginia.   During his pastorate at Second Baptist Church the membership has grown in number and in spiritual development.  Presently there are 600 registered families who worship, work and witness in Rahway and surrounding communities.  Pastor Ealey has ordained 22 Deacons, granted licenses to 11 persons into the Gospel Ministry, 8 persons have been ordained to the Gospel Ministry, 4 persons were called to the Pastorate, and one has retired and is now living in North Carolina and serves as an interim Pastor.

During Pastor Ealey’s administration the following organizations and programs have been formed or renewed in the church; the Volunteer Service Club, including a Nursing Unit of persons who have taken First Aide instructions sponsored by the church; the former Young Adult Choir is now the Emergency Choir.  The Men’s Fellowship was reorganized and serves breakfast annually on Easter morning, New Life Spiritual Voices, Youth Choir, Buds of Promise choir for our young children ages 3yrs to 10 yrs of age, a Praise Dance Ministry, Handbell Choir and CIT (Children In Training) for children grade level 2nd and under, Kerygma Bible Study and a Video Team.

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