Our Pastor



Pastor Linda G. Samuels-Ellerbe is originally from Morristown, New Jersey where she graduated from public schools. She continued her educational pursuits and graduated from the Health Careers Institute of New Jersey and has done graduate work at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

After productive careers in Medical Lab Technology and Commercial Insurance, as a Senior Large Lines Underwriter, Pastor Ellerbe was ordained an Itinerant Elder in 1984.  She founded and organized two congregations in the AME denomination.  She has carried the Good News of Jesus Christ far away as Haiti and Bermuda.  She was the first female to preach at the Haitian Baptist Convocation, Coton, Haiti, in August 1999.

Rev. Ellerbe was the first female to sit on the Board of Directors of the Black Minister’s Council, State of New Jersey which is responsible for legislation addressing racial profiling in the State of New Jersey.

She is the former Secretary of the New Jersey Annual Conference of the AME Church and, former Executive Director of Project FAITH (Families Acquiring Information Together on HIV/AIDS) of the NJ Human Development Corporation.  Known for her effective workshop and seminar presentations, she continues to minister to women on all levels.  Rev. Ellerbe has received numerous awards for her humanitarian work in the war on AIDS and for her involvement in the Community; most recently the Visionary Leader Award from the NAACP.  She has diligently pastored God’s people for over 32 years.

Pastor Ellerbe is the proud pastor of Israel Memorial Church in Newark.  She is the proud caregiver of two of heaven’s best gifts, Danielle and Jayden.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

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