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St. John’s Baptist Church in Scotch Plains Welcomes A New Pastor

Rev. Shawn T. Wallace, Sr. and Mrs. Carita Wallace

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Reverend Shawn T. Wallace, Sr. has been appointed to St. John’s Baptist Church (2387 Morse Avenue, Scotch Plains), as the new senior pastor.  

Reverend Wallace comes from Peoples Missionary Baptist Church of Newark, where he served as pastor for 13 years. He began his ministry at the age of 19, when he responded to the voice of God and submitted his life to God’s work.

Licensed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ on August 7, 1994, Rev. Wallace is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and African Studies. He has also earned credits towards a Masters of Divinity from Drew University Theological Seminary in Madison, New Jersey. We welcome Reverend Wallace, his wife Carita and his family to St. John’s Baptist Church.

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The church will host a series of services to celebrate a new chapter of history in the life of St. John’s Baptist Church.  Your presence will make this event a memorable experience for Reverend Wallace, Mrs. Carita Wallace and, our congregation.

Special worship services will be held each evening at 7:00 p.m. on March 19, 20 and 21, 2018.  On Sunday, March 25th, there will be two worship services; at 10:00 AM the first service guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Marion Franklin of First Baptist Church of Vaux Hall; the Installation Service will be 4:00 PM the guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. J. Michael Sanders of Fountain Baptist Church, Summit, NJ.

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Politics IS Government in Union County

April 21, 2018

Dear Editor:

After Bruce Patterson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County Freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting Freeholder, I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered.

At the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

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Union County College to Begin Esports Program in the Fall of 2018

April 25, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ -- Union County College (UCC) will become one of 63 schools nationwide, and the first county college in New Jersey, to offer a coed intercollegiate esports program, also known as Electronic Sports. Esports is a multi-player video game program that competes with colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. UCC Esports teams could compete against two and four-year ...