Rahway Church Welcomes New Pastor

RAHWAY — On Sunday, Dec. 11, Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, the oldest African-American Church in Rahway, will present the Rev. Erika D. Crawford to the City of Rahway.

Rev. Crawford was appointed to pastor Ebenezer in June by bishop, the Rt. Reverend Richard F. Norris. Rev. Crawford is the first female pastor in Ebenezer’s long history.

Rev. Crawford received her high school diploma from Westhill High School in Stamford, Connecticut, her B. S. degree in Organizational Management from Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C., her Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary, and she is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.

In addition to these academic achievements, Rev. Crawford serves as Coordinator of Ecumenical Ministries at Fordham University and serves as Chaplain for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) New York Liberty.

A reception to greet Rev. Crawford will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level. Light refreshments will be served. This will be followed at 4 p.m. by a worship service. The speaker at this service will be the Rev. Dr. Kim Yancey James of Paradise Baptist Church in Newark.

Ebenezer Church is located at 253 Central Avenue, the same site where it has stood for 182 years. The church invites the public to attend this joyous occasion.

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