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REV. THERESA NANCE MY VIEW

Rev. Nance is pastor of The Church by the Side of the Road in Passaic, NJ. She is also a radio talk show host and documentary filmmaker.

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Celebrating Five Years and Praying for Many, Many More

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ccording to biblical scholars, the number “5” symbolizes God’s grace, goodness, and favor toward humans. If this is so, then I must conclude that the Rev. Dr. William F. Baskerville, Jr., senior pastor of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in the city of Passaic, is inundated with all of the above. Pastor Baskerville celebrated his fifth pastoral anniversary after coming into the city like a whirlwind when the beloved pastor, the Rev. Boston Thomas, passed away. Both Pastor Baskerville and first lady Sabrina Baskerville celebrated this festive occasion with their seven children: William III, Tiffany, Kimberly, Tanisha, Jennifer, Jonathan, and Isaiah, as well as congregants, area pastors, and friends from nearby communities. The banquet, held at the Appian Way in Orange, was well attended. There were those on the dais who spoke about Dr. Baskerville’s commitment to both the church and his academic assignment. His scholarship is impeccable as he not only leads one of the oldest Baptist churches in the city, but also serves in another leadership capacity as principal of Grandview School in the Piscataway School District. I had the honor of not only being seated on the dais, but also being able to recall the many kindnesses the good reverend has bestowed upon yours truly. At his behest, I have preached at his church on more than one occasion. Some occasions when he was in attendance, and others when he was not. Since his arrival at the church, which sits inconspicuously on Tulip Street, there has been an ongoing massive reconstruction project, i.e., beautiful, red wall-to-wall carpet; upgrading of bathroom facilities; and under his tutelage, the facade may be due for refurbishing. He is a graduate of New York Theological Seminary and currently is the site director for a NYTS Certificate Program at Mt. Moriah. He can preach, pray, sing, and is an extraordinary musician.

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Rev. Dr. William F. Baskerville, Jr.

That night, the Rev. Kenneth Darryl Ray Clayton was the keynote speaker. Rev. Clayton reminded the audience that they must not lose their voice. And the senior pastor of the St. Luke Baptist Church in Paterson began to weave a profound message regarding commitment and stick-to-it-tiveness concerning black people, church people, all people. Bishop Jethro James, Dr. Baskerville’s spiritual father, beamed when he spoke about the “son” who was making him proud. Both Dr. Baskerville and Lady Baskerville graciously thanked all those who came to help them celebrate. And, as the old adage goes, a grand time was had by all. Editor’s Note: The Baskerville’s daughter, Tiffany, a college student, is an intern at The Positive Community, and we love her. thepositivecommunity.com

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