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Philip Rizzo - Senior Pastor

Born and raised in the suburbs of Morris County, Philip Rizzo's heart is certainly knit to New Jersey. At first glance it could appear that his life is, and has always been blessed. Though it's true that God still blesses through trials, trials need to be overcome. Back in 1980, in a tragic home accident, he lost his right arm at the elbow. A lally column in the basement fell, severely crushing the artery. Pastor Rizzo knows it was by God's grace that he still has his "dominant" hand which allowed him to achieve physical success in sports while growing up.

Philip Rizzo played baseball and soccer as a boy, but fulfilled his dream of playing football once he entered high school. He did not just play, he excelled as a starter on both offense and defense! He received national recognition in 1995, when he earned a scholarship from the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, in Chicago. Those physical achievements did not just come naturally. Only those closest to him knew of the commitment, hours of training and an uncommon drive to succeed through the trial.

In 1999, after graduating from Villanova University with a B.S. in Business Management, he began working with his family in real estate management and development. Long hours and being self-driven was the only recipe Pastor Rizzo knew. He successfully started and grew his own business of building new homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Pastor Rizzo received Jesus as his personal savior in 2000, and called by God on October 25, 2009, to start City Baptist Church. He was ordained into the gospel ministry on August 15, 2012. Though faithfulness, hard work and drive are necessary in ministry, Pastor Rizzo knows that it is only by God's mercy and grace that he can answer that call.

Ephraim Pierre 

Ephraim was drawn to the word of God by the steadfast faith of his mother and the unfailing grace God provided to his family throughout several trials.  By God’s grace, Ephraim accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the age of 15, and was baptized at his childhood church, Hillside Baptist Church (Franklin Square, New York).  Through the years, Ephraim has enjoyed studying and teaching God’s word and reaching the lost.  In 2015, Ephraim and his wife, Crystal, moved to New Jersey and started attending City Baptist Church. In 2016, they became members of the Church.  Ephraim now serves as an adult Sunday School Teacher.  Ephraim is an attorney and lives in scotch Plains, New Jersey with his wife and newborn daughter Ava.

Pastor Rizzo and Jennifer were married in November 2001.  Jennifer was also born and raised in New Jersey. She was brought up in a non-practicing Catholic home. Jennifer was working as an esthetician at a day-spa in Morris Plains when she met Philip. A short time after they met, he got saved and invited her to church. Jennifer began attending church with him and reading the Word of God. After 3-4 weeks she made a profession of faith and was baptized. It was during a New Believers class at their church that Jennifer realized she was a professor of Christ, not a possessor of Christ, and on January 25, 2002, she was gloriously saved and re-baptized. The Lord used her testimony as a powerful message of the assurance of our salvation, in that local church.  

Pastor Rizzo and Jennifer have four children, Nicky, Mia, Julien & Gabriel.  As New Jersey natives, they are excited to answer the call of God to start and grow a Bible believing, Bible preaching church in the city of Hoboken.

The Rizzos completed their formal Bible training at New England Baptist College in Southington, Connecticut. Pastor received is Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology in May of 2011. Jennifer took courses in woman's studies, music and teaching children. NEBC is a ministry of Central Baptist Church pastored by Dr. Jim Townsley. Pastor Townsley was a church planter himself when he started Central Baptist Church over 40 years ago. His faithful service has allowed him to grow the ministry into what it has become today.

Seth Essendrop

Seth Essendrop is co-teacher of the young adults' Sunday School class, and also serves as one of the piano players at City Baptist.
Seth grew up in a Christian home, and received the Lord as his Savior as a teenager while attending Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin, IL.
He graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's of Engineering and currently works as a technology infrastructure engineer within the financial industry.
Seth resides in North Bergen with his wife Katherine and daughters, Karla and Sara.