Bishop Rudy V. Carlton, a native of Claxton, Ga is the eldest of eight children born to the late Tully and Bessie Carlton. After acknowledging the call on his life, Bishop Carlton was Licensed, Ordained, and Installed to the office of Pastorate under the unction, lineage and legacy of his spiritual father, the late Rev. Dr. T. Van B. Rhoe at the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Newark, New Jersey. Bishop Carlton is currently in his twenty-ninth year of ministering the Word of God while serving in the capacity as Senior Pastor for twenty-eight years. Bishop Carlton was affiliated with the National Baptist Convention USA from 1989-2003 and in 2004 he led the church into to its present covering under the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Int’l. 

Upon graduating from the Southside High School, Newark, New Jersey, Bishop Carlton continued his education by completing Business Administration requirements at Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey and shortly thereafter, obtained his License as an Insurance Professional with Life, Health, Auto, Home and Series 6 credentials. A strong advocate of sound doctrine and teachings, Bishop Carlton would later obtain additional educational achievements, by earning an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies; a Certification in Pastoral Studies from the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education; and a Pastoral Certification from the Philadelphia College of Bible (Formerly Northeastern Bible College).

In 1989, Bishop Carlton was called to serve as Senior Pastor of the Solid Rock Baptist Church of Irvington, New Jersey until 2002. Led of the Holy Spirit, Bishop Carlton organized and is the founding Visionary of the Jehovah-Jireh Praise & Worship Church Center located in Newark, New Jersey. Jehovah-Jireh Praise & Worship Church Center, affectionately called “JJPWCC” is an Emerging Community of believers who are committed to serving the Lord Jesus Christ and has celebrated Fifteen years of serving the community at large. In 2004 “JJPWCC” successfully purchased and relocated their church home to the West Side Park Community in Newark, New Jersey. The overall renovations were completed in August of 2006 which significantly revitalized the property by a value of $2.5 million dollars with private capital, and later the church purchased additional property to enlarge the parking area. 

In addition to his full-time Ministry responsibilities, Bishop Carlton was elevated to serve as the State Overseer of New Jersey in May 2010 for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International; under the dynamic leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton, Apostolic Father and Founder of the Fellowship and the Northeast Central Regional Bishop, Bishop Kenneth L. Robinson. In October 2011, he was appointed to serve as First Assistant to Bishop Robinson and in March 2012, upon his successful completion of the Episcopacy Training, Bishop Carlton was affirmed by Bishop Paul S. Morton and the Council of Bishops and was Consecration to the Sacred Office of Bishop in the Lord’s Church on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. In January 2015, Bishop Carlton was appointed to serves as Coordinator for the Newark West Ward Clergy Alliance under the auspicious of the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka established through the Office of Clergy Affairs and Inter-Faith Alliance. In December 2016, Bishop would receive another appointment from the Honorable Senator Ronald Rice and Councilman Joe McCallum to serve as Community Liaison for the West Ward Community Coalition through the partnership between the City of Newark and the Rutgers University Community Partnerships Office of the Chancellor and Member of the Newark 2020 Steering-Committee for Faith Base Leaders under the direction of the Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka. 

Bishop Carlton’s Political and Social Involvements allows him favor with the Elected, Appointed and Community Leaders within the City of Newark, Township of Irvington and other surrounding Municipalities. It is the vision of the house to obtain future property to serve the community and people of God with valuable needs to create a healthy environment. 

In June 2017, Bishop Carlton who exemplifies Christ’s love for the Church celebrated forty-five years of sacred marriage to the Elect Lady of God, Lady Linda L. Carlton in which they are the parents of one daughter, Mrs. Shari L. Cooper (Raymond), two sons, Min. Tyrone (Juanita), and Elder Randy T. (Danielle). Shari serves as the Overseer of Music, Worship & Arts Ministry, while both Min. Tyrone and Elder Randy serving as Associate Ministers at “JJPWCC” with Elder Randy serving as Youth Pastor. Together Bishop and Lady Carlton celebrate knowing that the Lord has blessed them with thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three goddaughters and one godson. 

To God Be The Glory For The Wonderful Things He Has Done.

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