Cross and Crown Christian Church 10thPastoralAnniversaryCelebration

By Raafiah Odom
C4 Church member

In recognition of her 30-year ministry with 10-years as pastor and organizer of Cross and Crown Christian Church (C4), Pastor Lula Baker received congratulations, salutations, and proclamations. Festivities during the 3-day (April 14-16) celebration began with a Friday evening Gospel concert, continued with a luncheon on Saturday at the Ridgefield Regency in Verona, and concluded with worship service held at the C4 Church Complex in Orange. Bishop Vincent Rouse, spiritual son to Pastors Lula and John Baker, delivered a powerful closing message, “Go With the Shift,” about leadership and commitment as a church community.

Pastors Lula and John Baker, formerly with the New Hope Baptist Church, are largely responsible for Christian Bible training (CBT) programs as well as training many ministers in Essex County. In their commitment to God over the last ten years, the Bakers moved the church from three locations in preparation to occupy their temple. C4 established a community development corporation (CDC), and partners with the City of East Orange to provide job development, child care, and other services. Pastor Lula Baker announced at the luncheon the adoption of a public elementary school and the opening of a soup kitchen to feed the homeless and indigent.

Numerous ministers and pastors of churches throughout Essex County and the state of New Jersey were in attendance including New Hope, St. John’s, and Salem Baptist Churches. Pastor Baker received a special award from the president of the Divine Destiny Ministry as a founding member. City Council VP Hon. Tency A. Eason, Councilman Clifford R. Ross, and Councilman Weldon M. Montague III—all of the City of Orange, presented a proclamation to Rev. Baker pledging their support. Newark Councilwoman at-Large Louise Scott- Rountree presented a proclamation from Mayor Ras Baraka for Pastor Baker’s work and service on several boards and task forces in the City of Newark.

At its home location for five years, the planning for building renovation and conversion to a two-story sanctuary and educational and social services complex has begun. Some years ago, Rev. Baker received a vision to save souls and establish the church. Despite floods and the two-year COVID shut down just after opening, Pastor Lula and her husband, Executive Pastor John Baker, continue to press forward and provide spiritual leadership and guidance to their flock. “We are a family church,” she often proclaims, and the core principles of C4 are “temple ways, temple attitude, temple mind.” Cross and Crown Christian Church—The C4 Experience— ‘“Come as you are….You won’t stay the way you came.”

Holy Name Announces New Leadership Appointments

Holy Name, the region’s leading independent health system, appointed Cynthia Ziegler as Vice President of...

You Can Live Well

As a fitness expert, I often encourage clients to care for themselves first. It seems...

Season’s Greetings

Stay Safe and Enjoy this Wonderful Time of the Year The upcoming holiday season is...

Powerful Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors

WORLD’s Stories from the Stage: The Podcast Kicks Off New Season Stories from the Stage: The...

They are Fit to be First Responders

By Barry Carter In a spirited competition among first responders, Newark and Essex County police...

Activist Viola Plummer dies at age 86

Activist and Chairperson of the December 12th Movement Viola Plummer has died. Her passing was announced on Monday. She was...
Read More

 Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Art Collection at Brooklyn Museum

Call it an embarrassment of riches: The musician Alicia Keys and her husband Kasseem Dean, the producer and D.J. known...
Read More

20-Bed Transitional Housing ‘Village’ Opens in Newark

Officials Say Hope Village II Improves on First Container Community A 20-bed “bridge housing community” is open for people in...
Read More

The 38th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BAM honors Dr. King’s radical spirit at this beloved Brooklyn tradition, which rings in a new year with musical performances...
Read More

Rev. Dr. James A. Kilgore Installed

The Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater NY & Vicinity installed Rev. Dr. James A. Kilgore as the new president of...
Read More

Hal Jackson Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens Fundraiser

Folks who lived in the NYC area during the 80’s & 90’s remember Hal Jackson’s Sunday Classics heard on then Black-owned WBLS-FM. Many of us looked forward to hearing classic...
Read More

Harlem EatUp! Luminary Awards Tamron Hall and D-Nice Honored

Titled “Harlem EatUp!,” the Luminary Awards Dinner truly lived up to its name. At the renowned Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem, guests dined on an array of culinary delights. Launched in...
Read More

East Orange Breaks Ground on Renovations to Historic Oval Park

Mayor Ted R. Green, the East Orange City Council, and the Departments of Public Works and Recreation & Cultural Affairs officially broke ground on renovations to Oval Park, a historic...
Read More

A Private Experience: a short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chika climbs in through the store window first and then holds the shutter as the woman climbs in after her. The store looks as if it was deserted long before...
Read More

Essex County College’s Grand Opening of West Essex Campus

Essex County College’s West Essex campus wrote a new chapter in its 55 years of service to the community when it held a...

East Orange Student Entrepreneurs Receive Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity

Host Pop-Up Shop at the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 25th Anniversary Tour In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a group of budding...

Welcome Back to School RCCS!

On August 28, Roseville Community Charter School opened its doors to welcome parents and scholars to visit their new classrooms...

East Orange “Back-to-School Welcome Walk”

Mayor Ted R. Green, the East Orange City Council, and staff from various municipal departments participated in the city’s annual...

Berkeley College Announces Opportunity Grant

Qualified New Jersey residents can enroll in a fulltime Associate’s degree program without incurring any loans for tuition and fees...

Roseville Community Charter School Honored

Roseville Community Charter School was honored to welcome as a special guest, Dr. Christopher Irving, NJ Department of Education Assistant...

Consider it Pure Joy | Jennifer Jones Austin

When Jennifer Jones Austin, wife, mother, lawyer and child advocate, and the picture of good...

NJHMFA Board Meeting Delivers Key Housing Policy Advancements in Tax Credits and Multifamily Programs

 New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) approved two new programs, the Urban Preservation...

Chase Community Manager Shares Five Key Financial Literacy Tips

Financial health is an important foundation that helps build strong and resilient households, communities and...

Fresh Financial Start: How to Begin the New Year on a High Note

We’re ringing in a new year, and that means a fresh start for your finances!...

Hope for the Holiday Season and Beyond

As the end of 2023 draws near, some of us may be feeling our holiday...

5 Tips to Get Ahead of Holiday Debt

The holiday season is fast approaching, and most people find themselves spending a little –...