On December 13, 2014, the Love of Jesus Family Church of the Caldwells celebrated its one-year anniversary with a special banquet at Caldwell University. More than 100 guests helped us commemorate the church’s impressive inaugural year. Among the special guests invited to minister during the event were Rev. Drew Struss of Christ Chapel of Essex, Ministers Carolyn Keith and Osmond Collins of the Love of Jesus Family Church Choir, Elder Sonia Kimble-Ellis and Rev. Pamela Roberson with the Spirit of Praise Dance Ministry. The keynote speaker for the anniversary was Dr. Jason Alvarez, founder and senior pastor of the Love of Jesus Ministries, headquartered in Orange, New Jersey.
In addition to delivering a life-changing message, Pastor Jason blessed those in attendance with several songs of worship and praise.
Perhaps most precious was the wonderful performance rendered by the youth from our very own LOJ Caldwell Children’s Church Choir, who sang, drummed and danced to a selection choreographed and directed by Pastor Todd’s wife, Trina.
While we thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful time of celebration, we look forward with great anticipation to what God has in store for us in the coming year!
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“WORDS TO LIVE BY” television broadcast launches!
On April 13, 2014, the Love of Jesus Family Church of the Caldwells kicked off its groundbreaking television program, “Words To Live By,” featuring Pastor Todd and other special guests. The half-hour broadcast airs every Sunday morning at 10 AM on Comcast channel 96. Be sure to tune in and let us know if you have been blessed or helped by the broadcast. You can write us by filling out the “Contact Us” page here, or you can email us here. You can also call the office at (973) 676-4200, or leave a voicemail message for Pastor Todd at (973) 620-8LOJ.
In only our first month after opening our doors on December 15, 2013, our very own Pastor Todd was honored by WMCA 570 AM, New York’s leading Christian teaching and talk radio station.
On January 19, 2014, Nick Brino, the Director of Ministry Relations for WMCA, visited the Love of Jesus Family Church of the Caldwells and announced to the congregation that our ministry would be featured as WMCA’s “Church of the Week.” In addition to presenting Pastor Todd with a plaque from WMCA, Mr. Brino interviewed him “on air” about the mission and vision of our ministry. He also featured one of Pastor Todd’s dynamic teaching messages during AM 570’s Sunday afternooon broadcast.
The Love of Jesus Family Church will hold the grand opening of its new branch in Caldwell at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2013 in the auditorium of Werner Hall on the campus of Caldwell College.
The Love of Jesus, denominational church with headquarters in Orange, has nine other branch churches throughout New Jersey.
The Rev. Todd Drayton, who will be formerly installed as the pastor of the new church the week before its grand opening, said, “We have long dreamt about establishing a church in the Caldwells. Ironically, as the Lord would have it, during this 2013 Christmas season, we will be giving ‘birth’ to that dream.”
Rev. Drayton is an accomplished trial attorney with the law firm Martin, Kane & Kuper, LLC, in East Brunswick. His wife, Trina, is a senior recreational therapist with Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick.
The worship service is open to all.
For more information, email us here, or call the church office at (973) 676-4200.