Angelic Baptist Church was founded in 1887 by Rev. John T. Thornton and a few members in the home of Deacon Harry Thompson located at 155 Randolph Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey. As the membership grew, the church moved to Salter’s Hall in Jersey City. It was not long before the church relocated to its current location at 9-11 East 46th Street, Bayonne, New Jersey. The church was set apart by Pastor Motley and the Salem Baptist Church located on Union Street in Jersey City, New Jersey.
While Rev. Thornton was Pastor, the building underwent several renovations including the installation of a lower level dining area and the relocation of the Choir stand in the front of the Church. Pastor Thornton served from 1887 until the fall of 1921.
Angelic had several pastors from 1922 to 1980. They were: Rev. T.J. Jenkins, Rev. J.A. Meyers, Rev. C. H. Church, Sr., Rev. Blackwell, Rev. W. A. Lee, Rev. R. Caddell, Rev. Karry, Rev. L. Battle and Rev. W.O. Reynolds.
In 1980, Rev. Sloan Gordon, Sr. was called to serve as Senior Pastor. Under his leadership, the Gospel Chorus, Nurses Unit, Flower Circle and Prayer Band were organized. In addition, many renovations were made which included the installation of carpeting, glass entrance doors in the upper and lower levels of the church, a PA system, stained glass windows throughout the church, paneling in dining area and the choir room, as well as, the purchase of a church van. Rev. Gordon, Sr. served from July, 1980 to August, 1999 until he retired.
On Sunday, August 22, 1999, Rev. Sloan Gordon, Jr. became Pastor. The Angelic Baptist Church Family has been truly blessed both financially and spiritually through the grace and goodness of God. Under Pastor Gordon’s leadership, the church has undergone a complete makeover in the sanctuary and fellowship hall. A new organ was purchased along with a new van. A new sound system has been installed along with a new heating system, a new baptismal pool, a new roof and new windows.
Future projects of Angelic include: A new facelift, siding, and an elevator.
Angelic can honestly say, being in existence for over 129 years, we have come this far by faith leaning on the Lord.