Pastor Thomas Smith is the Pastor of the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. He was with the NJ State Police for 14 years prior to being called into the ministry. He attended North Eastern Bible College in Essex Falls New Jersey and has been in the ministry since October of 1975.The main focus of his ministry is the teaching and preaching of the word of God with a strong emphasis on Prayer. He has always endeavored to teach the truth of the word of God in an uncompromising way and his emphasis toward prayer is such that he will never compromise the prayer meeting under any circumstance. He continues to exhort the brethren to attend all meetings. He loves his congregation and his desire for them is to take full advantage of the means of grace that God has given to us to persevere and endure in the faith until the end. He takes this ministry seriously as one who has to give an account. So in light of all this, it is not surprising to see his passion for the ministries of the church such as: prayer, discipleship, the cd ministry, and the various forms of outreach like Sermon Audio to name a few.
Mr. Bob Burnett was born in Elizabeth, NJ and grew up in Roselle Park, NJ. As a child his family faithfully attended a United Methodist church but Bob does not have any recollection of hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While in the US Air Force, in Biloxi, Mississippi, Bob met his wife Ellen then a school teacher in Biloxi. They married on July 25, 1970. Bob and Ellen began to attend Fellowship Church, Phillipsburg, NJ in the mid 1980s. Pastor Tom Smith, current pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, was, at that time, lead pastor of the Fellowship Church. Bob came to faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in the summer of 1985. Bob and Ellen joined Sovereign Grace Baptist in the 1990s. Bob became a deacon sometime after. In addition to his responsibilities as a deacon Bob, along with the church treasurer, manages the church’s savings and works, with a fellow deacon, in a nursing home ministry. Bob and Ellen have one daughter and four grand daughters.
Donnie Jackson has been a member of SGBC for (17) years and has served as a deacon for (15). Don’s dear wife, Ellen, passed away in September 2003 after a long battle with breast cancer. He has six children— Ben, Tim, Laura, Bonnie, Esther, and Cody– all of whom are reared in the fear and admonition of the Lord. In addition to being a deacon in Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Donnie Jackson is a missionary with Bible Centered Ministries International. Don has been with BCM for the past 27 years, serving in Warren County in New Jersey, as well as Northampton County in Pennsylvania. Don leads Nursing Home Bible Studies and Bible Clubs for Children.
David Heller was saved at an early age and has faithfully served the Lord in various ministries. He has served as a Deacon since 2000. David oversees the sound ministry and is the Sunday School Superintendent as well as the youth Sunday School teacher since 2000. He currently leads the Men’s Bible Study. David is the committee Chairman for Bible Centered Ministries in Warren and Hunterdon County, New Jersey. David, his wife Melanie, and their daughters Amelia and Jennie, are one of the founding families of the church. David says, “I have always felt that the Lord was directing my path even before I was born. Praise God for the opportunity to be used by the King of Kings!”
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Steve Trochim was saved in the 1980’s and has served as a Deacon since 2018. Steve has taught the youth 8-12 year old Sunday School class since 2005. Steve met his wife Bonnie in 1984 and they were married on August 21,1987. They have five children, Daniel, Christopher, Douglas, Jennifer and Matthew. Steve and his family attended Grace Covenant Baptist Church in Flemington, NJ, from 1991 through 2002, and began attending Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in 2002, where Steve and Bonnie are now members. Steve and his family live in Stewartsville, NJ. “Praise God for having chosen me for salvation from before the foundation of the world. May my service to Him bring Him glory, honor, and praise.”
Yet those who hope in the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.