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Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Campbell B. Singleton, III, is the Senior Pastor of the historic Union Baptist Church, Montclair, New Jersey. Prior to accepting the call from Union Baptist Church, Dr. Singleton served seventeen years as an Associate Minister in the esteemed Trinity Baptist Church, Bronx New York. It is here that his pastoral ministry was greatly influenced, especially by its eclectic liturgical patterns of worship with its rich movements, symbols, pageantry and full repertoire of musical expressions. Dr. Singleton was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in Trinity, on October, 1998.

Currently, Dr. Singleton serves on the program staff of ABC Metropolitan New York as the Minister of Mission Support. He is responsible for: mobilizing churches to fund ABC ministries through the mission program. His administrative skills, problem solving skills, collaborative leadership skills, theological reflection skills and understanding of program ministry design, and implementation has been shaped here.

Dr. Singleton's academic credentials include a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut (June, 2011); a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (May, 1994); and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut (May, 1990). During the commencement exercises at Union Seminary, he was awarded the Maxwell Fellowship Award by Auburn Theological Seminary for the student who demonstrated promise for excellence in parish ministry. Dr. Singleton has received multiple Certificates of Participation and special training from institutions such as: Lombard Mennonite Peace Center's Mediation Skills Training Institute; Indiana University School of Philanthropy: The Fund Raising School; and North General Hospital Palliative Care Training Program.

Dr. Singleton's ministerial and community highlights include coordinating a 22-member delegation to South Africa and teaching and preaching in the churches of the Baptist Convention of South Africa (December, 1998); preaching at the Closing Assembly of the Baptist Convention of Haiti (July, 2001); consulting for Claflin University's Vocational Life Program, Orangeburg, South Carolina, (2003 - 2008); preaching in the Black History Preaching Series, Union Theological Seminary (February, 2011); serving as Interim Minister at Devoe Street Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York (March, 2009 - December, 2012); and leading an ABC, Metro New York capital campaign that raised over $400,000 to construct and furnish a Surgical Theater and Recovery Room in Cap Haitien, Hati (2007 - 2013). Dr. Singleton has had several items published including his stewardship sermon entitled the "Grace of Giving" by the African American Pulpit (Fall, 2007). He has been a member of Kappa Alpha Psi since December, 1986.

Since his arrival at Union Baptist Church (January, 2013), Dr. Singleton has introduced a unique Watchnight observation; led a Gun-Buy Back Program that took in over 1,000 guns off the streets; established a Jazz Vesper program; crafted a Father's Day Tailgate Block Party; instituted a Living Legacy program; led a sustained protest against the Star Ledger's biased reporting in the Sunday, July 14th Final Edition; organized a series of Human Trafficking educational forums, coordinated a Four-Week End of Life preaching and teaching series; led the congregation through a process for making Constitutional amendments; developed a series of Town Hall Meetings for communal engagement of race and justice, arranged and hosted the first of three Interfaith Events and shaped a Three Week Bible Interpretation Conference.

Dr. Singleton was born in Waterbury, Connecticut and is married to the lovely Nicola Black- Singleton. They are the proud parents of one son, Campbell B. Singleton, IV.


Union Baptist Church is seeking transformation as we lift up Jesus Christ who empowers all to live transformed lives.