Pastor Robert J. Fontell, Jr., M.S. & Sis. Tirzah Tontell

Pastor Robert J. Fontell, Jr., M.S.
Sis. Tirzah Tontell


Pastor Robert J. Fontell, Jr. is the third of four children born to Gloria Fontell and the late Robert J. Fontell, Sr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sister Tirzah Fontell is the older of two children born to George A. Rose and the late Janice E. Rose in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Both Pastor & Sis. Fontell were educated in the Philadelphia Public School system. He graduated from John Bartram High School (Motivation Center), North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Philadelphia Biblical University with a Master of Science in Bible degree. She graduated from Franklin Learning Center majoring in Dance and attended Community College of Philadelphia.


They were joined in marriage on August 2, 1997.

Life in Christ

Pastor Fontell gave his life to Christ on June 8, 1994. A short time later he joined 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. Sis. Tirzah gave her life to Christ on February 12, 1995, while attending Sharon Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Keith W. Reed, Sr. Pastor Fontell joined Sharon in August 1999, where he served as a Deacon and served on various ministries. Sis. Tirzah served as a Deaconess and ministered on the Praise Dance Ministry.


In December 2002, Pastor Fontell & Sis. Tirzah joined Bible Way Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Damone B. Jones, Sr., M.S. Pastor Fontell was ordained to preach the Gospel on November 16, 2003 and ordained Youth Pastor on May 28, 2006. He established and was overseer of the following ministries: Sports & Athletics, Young Ladies of Excellence, Young Men of Integrity and other ministries. Sis. Tirzah served on The Stay Focused Youth Ministry-Young Ladies of Excellence and The Women of Excellence Ministry.

Pastoral Calling

In April of 2008, Pastor Fontell was declared Pastor-Elect of The Calvary Baptist Church of Philadelphia.

On Sunday, June 29, 2008, Pastor & Sis. Fontell were installed as the Senior Pastor & First Lady of the Calvary Baptist Church of Philadelphia.

On November 1, 2009, Pastor & Sis. Fontell and 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.

Life Verse

Pastor Fontell's life verse is Matthew 6:33 - "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Sis. Fontell's life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 -"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."