& Lady Adrienne Gittens
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Pastor Gittens founded CBCSJ in November 2014 as an offshoot of the Calvary Baptist Church of Southwest Philadelphia, where his father, Dr. Garth G. Gittens, is pastor. Pastor Gittens employs a variety of teaching styles to empower, stimulate, and guide the congregation. Pastor Gittens earned his Bachelor’s degree in Science from Portland State University. He also has a Masters in Art and Religion, with a focus on Biblical Studies, from Westminster Theological Seminary. Pastor Gittens has chosen to be bi-vocational, even while he serves in ministry. In addition to being the Senior Pastor of CBCSJ, he is a Senior Chemist at Endo Pharmaceuticals in Horsham, PA.
Pastor Gittens is a devoted husband to his wife, Adrienne Gittens, and loving father to their five children: A’kiyah, Amara, Alana, Andrea, and Aria. He realizes that had it not been for the love of his wife and children, the prayers of his mother, the example set before him by his father, and the role he plays in his younger brother’s life, he would not be the man he is today. Most importantly, he recognizes that he can do nothing without the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Mission – Loving in Action
At Calvary Baptist Church of South Jersey (CBCSJ), our mission is to exemplify the love of Christ and to glow with the presence of the Lord. It is our responsibility to reach the lost, be a beacon of hope, and invest in our community. As a church, we are one family, cultivating our individual spiritual gifts to collectively build the Kingdom of God.
Beliefs – Molding Believers influencing the world
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, preserver and ruler of the universe, infinite in holiness and all other perfections to whom we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, coequal, co-essential and coexistent.
The Perseverance of Saints
We believe only true believers endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.