"We grow into the knowledge of God
gradually from year to year until the end of our
life and we will continue to do so through all
eternity....This process of the gradual
discovery of God leads us at every moment to
stand with our past experience behind us and the
mystery of God knowable and still unknown before
- Metropolitan Anthony
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But enough about
you. If you're here you want to know
something about me.
Reverend Edward John
I came to ministry
late in life but not as a second career.
For the first 11 years of formal ministry I was bi-vocational
and I still have my first
career. Besides that, ministry is not a
career but a calling. We choose our
careers. I didn't make a conscious choice
to serve God in this way, God chose me.
In the millennial
year 2000 as I sat half listening to the sermon
from more or less the middle of a pew about
three-quarters of the way back and to the left
of the Sanctuary at Baptist Temple in Brighton
New York, God called me. I didn't hear God
speak and there was no angelic visitation, the
conviction and peace in it simply washed over
me. Following the service I told the
pastor (I left out the part about only half
listening to his sermon) and the rest, as they say, is
In 2002 in my first
semester of my first year at
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
I was invited as pulpit
supply to First Baptist Church in Albion New
York for two weeks. I was asked to
candidate for a permanent position and declined
because as a first year, first semester divinity
school student I felt nowhere near capable or
ready to serve there or anywhere.
Two weeks stretched
to 12 and twice more they asked and twice more I turned
down the opportunity because I believed in my heart
I was nowhere near ready. In January 2003
they took a new tact. Instead of asking,
members of the pastoral search committee
approached me and said "We think you're
ready." Soon after, I was called as 30th Pastor
of First Baptist Church & Society founded in
Albion in 1830.
I still didn't feel ready
but as the prophet Jeremiah and the apostle Paul
and many others would attest, God doesn't always
call those who are ready rather, God makes
ready those who are called. My call was
provisional based upon completion of my Master's Degree at
CRCDS and ordination in the American Baptist
Tradition (American Baptist
Churches, USA). I received my degree in 2006
and was ordained in 2007.
In the earliest weeks and months the
congregation and I shared a grand
adventure. I learned as I went from
my ongoing coursework and fellowship and sharing
with my colleagues, and I taught the congregation,
and the congregation also
taught me. All that learning and teaching
going on was wrapped up in a lot of prayer and
meditation. Through all of it, I grew
into my pastorate that lasted 11+ years. In the
beginning it was a little messy but not entirely
unpleasant and over the course of 11 years we all
matured in faith and in mission, worshiping
and praising the Lord and serving God's purpose
and the needs of our community and the world.
After more than 11 years as a
commuting bi-vocational pastor I chose to seek
opportunities to serve God in the
community my family and I live in and where I have
strong ties including many colleagues
and mentors, and the opportunity to make use of
the resources of my alma mater, CRCDS. I
especially looked forward to more opportunities for our
family to worship together which I sorely missed for
over 11 years. My resignation from
First Baptist Church in Albion was effective
April 30, 2014.
On May 4, 2014 my church
membership was transferred by letter to
Immanuel Baptist Church
in Rochester, New York
where I worship and participate as both
parishioner and pastor in church life and
mission and I continue to
work at my secular profession as a national
environmental and property condition consultant.
I'm also employed as a staff chaplain at Highland
Hospital in Rochester.
I'm renewing and refreshing my soul,
worshipping and praising God, being challenged
as I continue to grow in faith and service in an atmosphere
I remain open to opportunities to serve and God
continues to place opportunities before me!
I'm stretching and challenging myself as I continuing my development
as a person, minister and pastor.
In October 2014 I
spent two days in a pastoral evaluation and
development program at Ministry Development
Services in Charlotte, North Carolina.
From May 2014
- January 2016 I was a Resident in
Christian Ministry at Immanuel Baptist
Church in Rochester, New York.
In October 2014 I attended the Janice Lynn
Cohen Symposium titled Kids' Health in Our City: From Hard Data to Real Hope at
University of Rochester Medical Center.
I was Chairperson of
Immanuel's 2015 Stewardship
I completed a
parish-based clinical pastoral education (CPE)
program through Samaritan Counseling Center
in Buffalo with classes at Colgate Rochester
Crozer Divinity School in Rochester.
In March 2015 I attended
the Ethics Grand Rounds presentation titled When Miracles Get in the Modern Medicine at Rochester General
For 11 weeks
beginning April 13, 2015 I facilitated a
bible study at Immanuel Baptist Church based on the NBC-TV series A.D.
The Bible Continues.
a HealthyCongregations seminar May
14, 2015 at Christ the King Seminary in East
Aurora, New York.
In Immanuel's interim time between pastors I
served as the designated pastoral
care minister and regularly preached and
assisted in worship services. As one
of three ordained members of the
congregation (in addition to the pastor and
associate pastor) I continue to assist the
pastor in providing pastoral care and preach
and assist in worship on a scheduled basis.
on the Board of Ministry and the Worship
Committee at Immanuel Baptist
August and September 2015 I conducted a
discipleship class for an adult candidate who was
baptized as an infant, found a new dimension to her faith
in the way and understanding of
American Baptists, and
called to witness as a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
I had the honor of baptizing her in November.
member Pastoral Consultation Group
for Growth in Ministry, Theology, and Family
On January 5, 2016 I joined UR
Medicine / Highland Hospital in Rochester,
New York as a staff chaplain.
My on-duty and on-call schedule is primarily
alternating weekends and
Throughout 2015 and 2016 I participated in worship
including preaching multiple times at Sunday 10:00 A.M. Worship
at Immanuel Baptist Church. I preached
on January 17, 2016 in anticipation of Immanuel's
new era of ministry that began on January
19, 2016 when we welcomed Wendy
DeMott Fambro as our new pastor.
Click here to listen to my
recent sermons and for dates of upcoming
Education: In May 2016 I attended
Rochester Consortium of Theological Schools
Third Annual Preaching Conference at Colgate
Rochester Crozer Divinity School title Faith
in the Form of Words: Preaching as
Master's Level Course Work:
June 2016 Theology, Suffering, and Medical
Care. Colgate Rochester Crozer
Divinity School. This was a pilot
program of a cross-registration course to be
offered at CRCDS, University of Rochester,
Unviversity of Rochester Medical Center and
open to doctors, chaplains, pastors and
students in all majors.
As a parishioner and
ordained cleargy at Immanuel Baptist Church I
continue to preach, teach, counsel and
mentor and serve in a variety of lay and clergy
functions. I continue to serve as
chaplain at Highland Hospital and travel the
United States as a self-employed
environmental consultant. I devote
sufficient time to continuing education and
development and reserve ample time to enjoy
life and relax with family and friends.
Listen to May 28, 2017
sermon Why God Won't Go Away on SERMONS page
I am next preaching at 10 AM
Worship on Sunday September 17, 2017
Everyone is welcome at
Immanuel Baptist Church 815 Park Avenue
Rochester, New York
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