Biography of the Pastor Reginald Bellamy
Rev. Reginald Llewellyn Bellamy, a native of Jacksonville, Fl. was born July 3, 1959 to Mr.& Mrs. B.D. Bellamy. He first started preaching his trial sermon at age 12 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Newark on August 15, 1971 in front of a congregation of 500 members under the late Rev. Dr. H. P. Sharper. He was licensed at age 12 and ordained at age 17 under the Jurisdiction of the Newly Organized Genesis Missionary Baptist Church where the Pastor and Founder was the late Rev. Dr. H.P. Sharper. Rev. Bellamy served as the Assistant Pastor for 5 years from the age of 12 to 17 years old.
After the death of Rev. Dr. H.P. Sharper, Rev. Bellamy returned back to the Abyssinian Baptist Church where he served faithfully for many years under both Rev. Dr. Elton T. Byrd now Pastor Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Newark, NJ. and Rev. Dr. Perry Simmons, Jr., now present Pastor of Abyssinian and Past President of General Baptist State Convention. Also served 5 years as Assistant to the Pastor, Rev. Dr. Willie Wilburn, Sr., of Mt. Erie Missionary Baptist Church in Jamesburg, N.J. He later met and married the former Ms. Jewel Willabus.
Both joined the Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Newark, NJ in 1995 under the leadership of Late Pastor Leonard H. Shamberger, where he became very active in teaching a Bible Class which grew into a Bible Institute in which he became the Director known as “The Bible Book by Book Training Institute” with accredited courses offered to anyone over the age of 18 years old who wants to further their academic education. This was from his affiliations with the Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pa. He also helped with a project as a Power of Attorney for Emanuel in the format of the 501C3 until he was called to Pastor Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in 2002.
He served faithfully for four years as Pastor of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Jersey City, N.J. Under his tutelage the Church was able to reach new goals and a brand new roof and boiler was purchased also the Church Sanctuary was renovated and paid for. With Pastor Bellamy and the Sis. Jewel working beside him both led the Church to reach the most outstanding goals in its 75 year History for Men and Women’s Day. And almost became a 100% Tithing Church.
God has Blessed him with the ability to Preach, Reach and Teach. In July 2007 Rev. Reginald L. Bellamy was called to Pastor the Friendship Baptist Church in Asbury Park, NJ Under his administration the Church is moving in a positive direction as all praises belong to God. Pastor Bellamy led the Church to reach many outstanding goals some of which are too numerous to mention in his first year at Friendship. .Rev Bellamy is a recipient of many honors and scholarships. He will go wherever he feels that the Lord is leading him.
Rev. Bellamy is the former Radio Minister of the “Glory After Hours” Broadcast heard once on the airways of the former W.N.J.R. Radio Station 1430 A.M.
He is a licensed and ordained minister and has been preaching the Gospel now for 36 years and has been ordained for 31 years. He matriculated at the North Eastern Bible College in Essex Fells, New Jersey in 1977 where he majored in Theology, Bible Doctrine and Church Administration. He is an Alumnus of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in May 1981 and also received a Degree in Paralegal Studies. He serves on the Faculty Staff at the Lancaster Bible College Evening Institute as the Academic Dean/ Director of the New Jersey Extension Campus known as “The Bible Book By Book Training Institute”. He also has a Masters of Divinity Degree from Chelsea University where he received in June 2005 and graduated with departmental honors.
He is employed with A1 Limousine, Inc in Princeton, N.J. as a Limousine Driver. He travels to Princeton, Newark, New York and Pennsylvania on a daily basis.
He served in the Seacoast Missionary Baptist Association under the Administration of the Moderator Dr. Edward Harper. And was also a part of the General State Convention of New Jersey and the Deacons Union of N.J.
Other activities include past member of the Executive Board of the Trenton Branch of NAACP. Past Chairman of the ACTSO Committee which is the AFRO Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics for Talented Youths to receive scholarships.
He is the Past President & Founder of the Baptist Gospel Ministers Association, Inc. He is a former choir member of The Arts High Gospel Chorus, Seton Hall University Gospel Chorus, Male Chorus of Abyssinian, member of the Mass Choir and Voices of Abyssinian. He is a former member of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Newark & Vicinity, former member of the North Jersey Committee of Black Churchmen and also a former member of the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance in Jersey City, N.J.
Rev. RL Bellamy also loves to sing old fashioned hymns that his mother taught him as a childhood minister. He is also a Revivalist and credits his father Bro. B.D. Bellamy and now deceased mother Sis. Rutha Mae Bellamy for his spiritual upbringing and ethical training.
His motto is: “All Who Teach One, Can Reach One” Pastor Bellamy & First Lady Jewel Bellamy are the proud parents of three siblings Bianca 15, Benjamin 11 and Brianna Bellamy 9. They all attend top schools in the Jersey City Public and Charter School System. And Bianca also attends a College Prep School at New Jersey City University on Saturdays. Both parents hold that education is the key to the future that unlocks many doors.
Pastor Bellamy’s Favorite Scripture is John 9:4
I Must Work The Works Of Him That Sent Me, While It Is Day: The Night Cometh, When No Man Can Work.
Pastor Bellamy's Pastor & Present Accomplishments
In 2007 Pastor R. L. Bellamy became the Pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church in Asbury Park, N.J. and Pastored the Church for 3 years and under his tutelage the church grew both spiritually and financially. Souls were saved, new officers were appointed, new choir named the Voices of friendship was formed and the Youth Ministry was re-vamped, Associate Ministers were added to the Staff and various officers were added to different ministries to serve in the church.
The Officers Training Workshop was started which prepared officers for their duties before they became installed. Musicians were added to the church in the Music Ministry. Women’s Ministry was organized by the former First Lady Jewel Bellamy of Friendship. She also served as the Church Assistant.Before Pastor Bellamy moved on to start New Life 30 candidates including their Pastor were added to the church one Sunday under Christian Experience in support of Pastor Bellamy. Due to irreconcilable differences at Friendship God moved in Pastor Bellamy to organize and be the Founder of the New Life Fellowship Baptist Church in Tinton Falls, N.J.
The Church was started on December 19, 2010 when a group of baptized believers and the Founder Pastor RL Bellamy marched into the recent worship place as an Organized Chartered Church. The idea was birthed in the heart and mind of Pastor Bellamy and a meeting was called at the home of Sis. Sharon Green the Pastor's Secretary along with the Founding Members to Organize and form and incorporate the New Life Fellowship Baptist Church in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. God has been our strength and we are God has blessed New Life both financially and spiritually and we are growing in the Lord. Praise the Lord.
At New Life we are indeed blessed under Pastor Bellamy’s Leadership and the Church is growing both spiritually and financially and Officers are being appointed to various ministries. And multiple souls have been baptized, reaffirmed and reunited and babies have been dedicated and new officers have been installed. Celebrations have been held and honor has been bestowed upon whom honor is due. The Church is now going on its 4 year History as a Church.
Pastor Bellamy and his wife Jewel our First Lady do not remain in the background nor do they follow the Lord from afar. Both are in the forefront on the battlefield . God is still continuing to bless New Life and we as a Church are praying that the Lord will Bless us to acquire our own building one day as we continue to worship in our temporary place of Worship as we continue to send up praises to God every Sunday so that the blessings can come down.
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