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    The Church of God began in 1880 as a movement within existing churches. It prefers that its name be accepted in an inclusive, rather than a denominational, sense and is actually a movement in the direction of Christian unity and reestablishment of the New Testament standard of faith and life. The founders believed that the church at large was too restricted and overburdened with organization and ecclesiasticism; it should be “more directly under the rule of God”

    Doctrine in this church includes the belief in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures; forgiveness of sin through the atonement of Christ and repentance of the believer; the experience of holiness; the personal return of Christ, unconnected with an millennial reign; the Kingdom of God as established here and now; final judgment; resurrection of the dead; reward of the righteous; and punishment of the wicked. Baptism is by immersion. Members of this church also practice foot washing and observe the Lord’s Supper, but not as a condition of fellowship. They believe the church to be the Body of Christ, made up of all Christians, and that all Christians are one in Christ. The confusion of sects and denominations, however, is an obstacle to this unity. God desires restoration of the New Testament ideal in the church – a restoration based on spiritual experience, not on creedal agreement.

    (Taken from Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 10th Edition, Frank S. Mead revised by Samuel S. Hill, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1995.)

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    111 Baynes Avenue
    Gloucester City, NJ 08030

    Telephone: 856.456.3364
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  • Rev. William Dilks, Jr.

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    Pastor Bill grew up in Gloucester City, graduating from GHS in 1976 before attending Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana. He graduated in 1980 with a BA in Religion/Bible with a minor in both Business and Accounting. During his junior year he met his future spouse, Kim Martin, and they married prior to his graduation. After college, Bill went into Restaurant Management/Supervision working for Duff’s Famous Smorgasbord in Springfield, OH and Pigeon Forge, TN. In 1995 sensing a call to ministry, they moved to Indiana, and Bill enrolled at Anderson University School of Theology. He graduated in May of 1999 with a Master of Divinity degree. In the summer of 1999, Pastor Bill, Kim and their three children (Ashley, Bill, and Rachel) moved to Gloucester City as he began pastoring at the Highland Park Church of God. Pastor Bill has served the Church of God as a District Secretary as well as being the Secretary of the Ministers’ Credentials Committee.

    Locally, he has been an active member of the Gloucester City Ministerium for over a decade, bowls in the Christian Men’s Bowling league at Westbrook Lanes on Monday evenings, and has been an active member in the Gloucester City Lion’s Club for the past several years. He has enjoyed participating in the National Honor Society inductions and the Baccalaureate Services at GHS on numerous occasions. His most treasured compliment came to him in a short note, hanging about his desk, written by his former GHS Cross Country/Track Coach and Mechanical Drawing teacher. “May God Bless You for the work you are doing at the church and in the community. I am proud of you. May God bless your Mom and Dad for all the work they have done in Gloucester. My heart is still in Gloucester. In Christ’s Love, Harry C. Green” Pastor Bill has a deep love for our community and desires to extend God’s love to all persons.

  • Ronald Chicken

    Associate Pastor of Children & Youth

    pastorron@highlandparkcog.com

    Pastor Chicken is a native New Jerseyan from Sussex County. After completing his undergraduate studies in Classics and Philosophy & Religion, Pastor Ron attended Seminary. Shortly after completing his Masters of Divinity degree, he came here to Highland Park Church of God to help re-start a new youth program and serve as an Associate Minister. New to Gloucester City, Pastor Chicken has just begun to spread his wings.

    In addition to serving at the Church, he was recently elected to serve as the Secretary Treasurer of the Gloucester City Ministerium Association, which is the local ecumenical community serving Ministers group. Pastor Ron can be seen around town at community events, as well as in the Gloucester City Schools as a substitute teacher. Keep an eye out for new things happening at Highland Park Church for both young and old!

  • Sandy Wiltsey

    Church Secretary

    info@highlandparkcog.com

    Sandy Wiltsey is a life-long resident of Gloucester City. She is a 1983 graduate of GHS where she met her husband, Bill. Sandy has worshipped with her family at the Highland Park Church of God since the late 1970’s and has served as the church secretary for the past 20 years.

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  • Statement of Belief

    Anderson University School of Theology
    Faculty and Staff, 2003

    We believe in one eternal, holy, and loving God who calls us to respond in faith. We, therefore, give the following testimony of our faith, realizing that for testimonies of faith to be Christian they must conform to God's revelation in the Holy Scriptures. Although we can never put into a short document all that we are taught in the Bible, we do affirm the following.

    REVELATION

    God is revealed generally in the created order and in the human conscience. This Living God, however, has spoken specially to us in the covenantal story of the whole of Scripture and definitively in Jesus Christ.

    We believe in, treasure, and cherish the Bible as the written Word of God, and hold that the sixty-six books of the Protestant biblical canon constitute the Holy Scriptures. We believe that both the Old and New Testaments are necessary for understanding God's revelation in Scripture, both of which are to be interpreted in light of the revelation given to us in Jesus Christ. The Bible is inspired by God, and is fully authoritative and sufficient for Christian life and practice. We further believe that the Bible is historically reliable, and that its message is faithfully preserved in the textual tradition.

    We rejoice that the biblical gospel is the good news of God's love to our world!

    GOD

    We believe in one God in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — who created all things visible and invisible, and out of chaos created order. Our hearts are made glad that God is fully revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, who was born to the Virgin Mary through the agency of the Holy Spirit, and lived on earth as both fully human and fully divine. We are grateful that the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, convicts us of sin, leads us to and incorporates us into Christ, and empowers us for Christian witness.

    We worship the one eternally triune God!

    SIN AND SALVATION

    We acknowledge that all have sinned, thus breaking our relationships with God, self, others and the whole created order, but give thanks for God's salvation from sin.

    We believe that through his exemplary life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection Jesus Christ is the only sufficient atonement for our sins. In keeping with the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament, Jesus died on the cross and was raised for our salvation. He returned to the Father and there intercedes for us. God's work of salvation is all by grace, not by our merits. We receive this great salvation when by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit we repent of our sin and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We hold that we are secure in our salvation so long as we remain faithful to Christ. We are grateful that the same power that raised Christ from the dead raises us from spiritual death, saving us from sin to follow Christ in this life and to live with him eternally.

    We believe that it is God's will for us to live in holiness. Indeed, it is God who makes us holy. We, however, are called to present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God for the sake of God's mission in the world. We understand the life of holiness to be wholehearted love for God and neighbor. Although we are never to seek suffering for the sake of suffering, we are convinced that holiness often is deepened through life's inevitable sufferings. Furthermore, Christ invites us to participate in his sufferings in this fallen world.

    We recognize with Scripture that Satan and demons exist as spiritual realities in opposition to God. But we are grateful that God has conquered all sin and evil, thereby giving us victory both now and forever.

    Great is the salvation of our God!

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    THE KINGDOM OF GOD

    With gratitude we believe that we experience the Reign of God as the presence, love, and power of God in our lives, in the church, in history, and in the whole created order, now and in the future consummation.

    We believe that Jesus lived and proclaimed the Reign of God, a life of reconciliation and peacemaking in fulfillment of the Law and Prophets. Under the Reign of God, we are required to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.

    We believe that God comes alongside the vulnerable and oppressed, and stands against every form of evil, even when found in the institutional church. As the people of God we, too, are called to make justice and to intervene when injustice occurs.

    We anticipate the future consummation of the Reign of God, at the time of the one and only return of our Lord, who will carry out final judgment separating the righteous and the unrighteous.

    "Even so, come Lord Jesus!"

    THE CHURCH

    We believe the church is the fellowship of the redeemed, the body of Christ, the people of God, chosen by God for mission in the world. At the beginning of time God created humankind to be partners in mission. However, humankind failed in this partnership. In the course of time, though, God chose Israel to bless all peoples. But in the fullness of time it was in Jesus Christ that God brought salvation for all people. And until the end of time God has chosen the church to be the body of Christ with the mission of making disciples. It is for this purpose that God continually reforms the church so that it will be conformed to the image of Christ.

    We are grateful that in fulfillment of Jesus' promise, God poured out the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. We believe that the evidence of this outpouring is the personal holiness of God's people and their empowerment for divine mission in the world. The Holy Spirit distributes a variety of spiritual gifts among all members of the church for accomplishing this mission.

    We believe God calls all people to respond in faith to the Gospel of Jesus Christ whereby they become members of the universal church of God. With Christ as the head, this community is the body of Christ on earth. We understand each local congregation to be an expression of this universal church, and that it is God's will for each believer to be a committed member of a local congregation.

    In obedience to our Lord, we baptize believers by immersion as a sign of death to sin, resurrection to new life in Christ, and incorporation into the mission of the people of God. We celebrate the Lord's Supper as participation in and proclamation of the death and resurrection of our Lord until he comes. We wash each other's feet, following Jesus who assumed the role of servant by washing the feet of his disciples. We anoint with oil in the name of the Lord and pray that people may be healed.

    We believe that all who repent and confess Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord are part of the church of God. We seek mutually enriching fellowship with all who share this personal faith. Aware of racial, cultural, and other diversity around the globe, we are committed to working for the visible unity of the one church that is rooted in biblical faith.

    Our Lord empowers believers to do the work of ministry. Jesus instructed us to model our ministries and manner of leadership after his example of being a servant rather than seeking positions of power. We understand that it is the church's responsibility, in response to God's call, to appoint and equip gifted women and men to a variety of leadership responsibilities for building up the body of Christ.

    We praise God for the privilege of participating in the life of the church!

    CONCLUDING AFFIRMATION

    In devotion to Christ as the head of the church, we desire to be a biblical people, a people who worship the triune God, a people transformed by the grace of God, a people of the Kingdom of God, a people committed to building up the one, universal church of God, and a people who in God's love care for the whole world.

    Constance L. Allbaugh
    John H. Aukerman
    Walter Froese
    Juanita E. Leonard
    James W. Lewis
    David L. Neidert
    Sharon I. Pearson
    Barry L. Ross
    David L. Sebastian
    Fredrick H. Shively
    Gilbert W. Stafford
    Theodore A. Stoneberg
    J. Dan Turner

  • Our History

    The History of Highland Park Church of God

    In 1915 a few Christians began a Church of God in Gloucester City. They met at different locations over the years, including a remodeled shoemaker’s shop on Burlington Street and a church at Brown and Bergen Streets. In 1929 our current lot at Market and Baynes Avenue was purchased for $2,000, and in 1935 the church was constructed.

    In 1957, the adjoining property at 111 Baynes Avenue was purchased. In 1965, as a result of the first Building Fund Campaign, the addition of bathrooms and Sunday school classrooms was complete. The Small World Nursery School was established in 1971. In 1978, a mortgage-burning ceremony was held. Between 1987 and 1992, the properties of 107, 109, and 120 Baynes Avenue were purchased. In 1998, 1201 Market Street was purchased. In 2001, ground was broken and two houses were razed to install an additional entrance with an elevator and to provide on-site parking for parishioners. Later an accessible bathroom was constructed.

    We can look back over the years and see the blessings God has poured out on this congregation in tangible ways. But more importantly, we can look back and see the many lives that He has touched and changed. The church is more than just a building. We are His people. As you look at the many families in this directory, remember that we are His Church.

    But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (I Peter 2:9-10)

  • Vacation Bible School

    We will be having a Vacation Bible School trip to the Old West from July 21-25, 2014 for all cowgirls and cowboys aged 3 years thru those leaving 6th grade wishing to take a western adventure. The time will be from 6p until 8:15p with games, snacks, singing, crafts and much, much more. Please plan to bring your children and any other children that you feel might enjoy this experience. Rewards will be given to those who bring friends!

    Completed registrations can be given to Vicki Kumpel or left in Sandy's office door.

    Come join us as we learn of Jesus during this summer adventure!

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