Connection Point

Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Robert J. Fontell, Jr. is the third of four children born to Gloria Fontell and the late Robert J. Fontell, Sr. in North Philadelphia.  Pastor Fontell was joined together in marriage covenant to Sis. Tirzah Fontell on August 2, 1997.

Pastor Fontell gave his life to Christ on June 8, 1994 at Calvary Baptist Church in West Philadelphia under the leadership of Pastor Jerome Cherry. He served on numerous ministries and was ordained a Deacon in January 1997.  Pastor Fontell later joined Sharon Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Keith W. Reed, Sr. and in August 1999, was ordained a Deacon and served on various ministries. In December 2002, Pastor Fontell & Sis. Tirzah joined Bible Way Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Dr. Damone B. Jones, Sr.  Pastor Fontell was licensed to preach the Gospel on November 16, 2003 and ordained Youth Pastor on May 28, 2006.

Pastor Fontell was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System.  He graduated from John Bartram High School (Motivation Center), where he excelled in sports in football and track.  He was awarded a track scholarship to North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.  While running track at NCCU he was award All-America honors and he graduated from NCCU with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  Pastor Fontell also holds a Master of Science in Bible degree from Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University).  He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree from Missio Seminary (formerly Biblical Theological Seminary).

In April of 2008, Pastor Fontell was declared Pastor-Elect of The Calvary Baptist Church of Philadelphia.  On Sunday, June 29, 2008, Pastor Fontell was installed as the Senior Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Philadelphia.  On November 1, 2009, Pastor with the members of Calvary Christian Church (formerly known as The Calvary Baptist Church of Philadelphia) celebrated their 1st Worship Service at their new location, 6000-38 E. Roosevelt Blvd in the Northeast section of Philadelphia.

Pastor Fontell serves in numerous community and denominational positions:  Baptist Resource Network, Healthy Church Consultant (current); Greater Philadelphia Baptist Association, Moderator (current); Southern Baptist Convention, Committee on Committees, PA Representative (past); Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Assoc., Finance (past); Catholic Community Services, Executive Board (current).

Pastor Fontell is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.  Pastor Fontell has been described by one of his close friends as having a big heart for God and he loves helping others deepen their relationship with God.  Pastor Fontell’s life verse is Matthew 6:33

Our Core Values

The following biblical core values describe what matters most

to us and shows how we seek to accomplish our mission:

Christ-Centered Lives

We value growing spiritually strong personal relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ.


Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Peter 3:18

Christ-Centered Families

We value Christ-centered families and the partnership we share with parents in helping children and teens grow spiritually.

-Genesis 2:21-25; Ephesians 5:22-23; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; 1 Peter 3:1-7

Compassionate Outreach

We value helping the poor and needy in our community and throughout the world. 


Matthew 25:35-40; Acts 20:35; James 1:27

Christian Conversions

We desire to win and disciple the unsaved through personal evangelism, community outreach, and world missions.

Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19-20

Caring Christian Community

We value biblical unity and loving one another, which seeks to have each member encourage and care for one another.

Ephesians 4:1-6; John 13:34-35; Hebrews 10:24-25

L.I.F.E Experience Groups & Ministries

L.I.F.E (Living In Faith Everyday) Experience Groups

Leader:

To Be Announced

Ministry Scripture

Titus 2:3-5

Mission Statement:

The Women of Worth Ministry is committed to educate, edify, and to foster the
growth and maturity of women. The ministry also is committed to empower them,
with the aid of the Holy Spirit, to become conformed to the likeness of Jesus.

Vision Statement:

“To bring unity among the sisterhood in Jesus Christ”

Ministry Objectives:

  • Disciple women to follow Jesus Christ’s example and live overcoming lives.
  • Touch women through the transforming power and love of Jesus Christ.
  • Build wholeness and balance, both spiritually and mentally, through consistent prayer and study of the Word of God.
  • Provide an atmosphere for women to develop their gifts, abilities, and lasting relationships.
  • Train women to find their places of ministry and effectively touch their world for Jesus Christ.

Leader:

Brother Mike Howard

Ministry Scripture

Joshua 1:8

Connection Days:

Every 1st and 3rd Mondays – 7 PM

Mission Statement:

Men of Standard Men’s ministry seeks to develop men to be followers of Jesus Christ, to have
godly character, and to unite with one another in love by obeying the standards set in the Word of
God.

Vision Statement:

“To have each man commit to following Jesus and connect with one another.”

Ministry Objectives:

  • To encourage men to passionately pursue God daily
  • To provide interactive discipleship classes to help men to mature as Christians
  • To offer a safe environment for men to build healthy relationships and be accountable to one
    another
  • To help men to discover their spiritual gifts and to exercise their gifts in ministry
    To develop men to be the spiritual leaders God intends them to be

Leader:

James and Kia Brown, Mike and Paula Howard, Pastor Robert and Tirzah Fontell

Ministry Scripture

Joshua 1:8

Connection Days:

TBA

Mission Statement:

Men of Standard Men’s ministry seeks to develop men to be followers of Jesus Christ, to have
godly character, and to unite with one another in love by obeying the standards set in the Word of
God.

Vision Statement:

“To have each man commit to following Jesus and connect with one another.”

Ministry Objectives:

  • To encourage men to passionately pursue God daily
  • To provide interactive discipleship classes to help men to mature as Christians
  • To offer a safe environment for men to build healthy relationships and be accountable to one
    another
  • To help men to discover their spiritual gifts and to exercise their gifts in ministry
    To develop men to be the spiritual leaders God intends them to be

Ministries

Connection days:

TBA

Leader:

  • Sis. Charlisa Scott
  • Bro. Allen Jackson

Leaders:

  • Arianne Yossa
  • Arike Greene

Ministry Scripture

Colossians 3:16

Connection Days:

Every 1st and 3rd Mondays – 7 PM

Mission Statement:

Mission is to glorify God through song. Our mission is to make a joyful noise unto God, serve
the Lord with gladness, come before his presence with thanksgiving and praise. By glorifying
Him through songs we will proclaim God’s word through our music. We will minister to the
congregation and the pulpit to help all hearts and minds to focus on Christ and be ready to
receive the word to come. Our mission is to aid the fellowship through the singing of the Gospel,
hymns, praise and spirituals.
  • Mass Choir – Voices of Faith
  • Youth Choir
  • Praise Dance – Essence of Zion (Youth & Adults)
  • MTV – Media, Technology, and Video.

Leaders:

  • Sis. Lyndsie Erdy
  • Sis. Destiny Brew

Ministry Scripture

Proverbs 22:6

Connection Days:

Wednesday 7 PM and Sunday’s 9:30/11:00 AM

Vision Statement:

The Youth Ministry at CCC is committed to raising a generation of youth transformed by the
Gospel and living for God’s glory.

Leaders:

  • Deacon Eula Blocker

Ministry Scripture

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Connection Days:

Wednesday 7 PM and Sunday’s 9:30/11:00 AM

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Prayer Ministry is to keep communications open between God and his people.
The Bible says that man should always pray. We want to pray for the church, pray for the saints,
pray for salvation, pray for love, pray for each other and pray that God’s will be done. We know
that through prayer lives can be saved and changed, families can come back together, societies can
eradicate crime, governments can work together for good, violence can be tamed because prayer
can cause God to intercede on our behalf. We will pray without ceasing not only for the prayer
requests we receive but for salvation of church, our community, our families, our neighbors and
our friends. We will pray for unity in the church, unity in our homes, unity in our communities
and unity on our jobs. We pray for peace but most of all we pray for God’s will to be done!
 

Leaders:

  • Bro. Mac Taylor

Ministry Scripture

1 Corinthians 16:13
 

Mission Statement:

The Watchmen Ministry exists to ensure the safety and security of the Pastor, CCC members and
guest.

Leaders:

  • Sis. Ceceila Baldwin
  • Sis. Tracy Blackston

Ministry Scripture

Acts 1:8 and Matthew 25:35
 

Mission Statement:

We are committed to glorify God through evangelizing the lot and lending a helping hand to
those in need
 
  • Greeters Ministry
  • Evangelism & Outreach Ministry

Leaders:

  • Sis. Charleen Boney

Ministry Scripture

Matthew 25:35

 

Leaders:

  • Nikki Greene

Connection Day

TBA

Leaders:

  • Sis. Melanie Johnson

Connection Day

TBA

C.A.F.E.Y.
Calvary Association for the Empowerment of Families and Youth
FAMILIES AND YOUTH (non profit)
Calvary Association for the Empowerment of F

Calvary Association for the Empowerment of Families & Youth (non profit)
The Calvary Association for the Empowerment of Families & Youth (C.A.E.F.Y.) is a
two-tiered program focusing on youth and families and economic development within
Northeast Philadelphia. Its mission is to empower low income families within Census
Tract 031200 (Lower Northeast Philadelphia) by meeting their spiritual, social,
educational, and economical needs.

Our Leaders

Ministerial

Pastor Edward Grice
Associate Pastor

Ministry Directors

Sis. Toni T. Thompson
Director of Education
Sis. Cecelia Baldwin
Director of Evangelism and Missions
Sis. Arianne Yossa
Director of Arts & Worship
Sis. Marquissa Williams
Director of Leadership and Ministry Development

Deacons

Sis. Charleen Boney
Deacon
Sis. Vanetta Alexander
Deacon
Sis. Theo Ervin
Deacon
Sis. Terry Stockman
Deacon
Bro. Rodrique Njioda
Deacon
Sis. Pascaline Njioda
Deacon
Sis. Nadra Washington
Deacon
Sis. Mildred Jay
Deacon
Sis. Marilyn Mcray
Deacon
Sis. Lenise Mitchell
Deacon
Bro. Jerome Allen
Deacon
Sis. Eula Blocker
Deacon
Bro. Eugene Washington
Chairman of Deacon’s Ministry
Sis. Carolyn Duncan
Deacon
Bro. Arthur Adams
Deacon
Bro. Alex Duncan
Deacon