Reverend Dr. Glenn Wilson, Sr.
Rev. Dr. Glenn Benjamin Wilson, Sr. is the son of the late Rev. Eugene Benjamin Wilson and the late Lena Emma Nesbitt Wilson. He is the 7th pastor in the 129 year history of the Pilgrim Baptist Church. He comes from a legacy of men led by the Holy Spirit to lead and spread the good news of the Gospel which included his Grandfather, the late Reverend Samuel A. Wilson who was the third pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church from 1933-1944. His father, the late Rev. Eugene Benjamin Wilson who was a former Associate Minister at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ from generation to generation, God has continued to bless and increase Pilgrim Baptist abundantly and after more than a century, it is still a place for spiritual growth and warm fellowship for those seeking to know the love of God.
As a child, Rev. Wilson was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey and was involved in numerous church activities. When he became a young man he acknowledged his calling into the Gospel ministry at the New Covenant church in Orange, New Jersey and was licensed to preach in 1989. Shortly after, he became a minister on staff at Bethany Baptist Church at which time Dr. James Scott was pastor. Rev. Wilson later joined Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark where he served as Minister of Education. While there, under the spiritual leadership of Dr. David Jefferson, Sr., he was able to grow in areas of church administration, pastoral development and church education.
Rev. Wilson is passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, making the Word of God a relevant and modern fixture in the lives of believers and building the Kingdom of God within the congregation and community. Since taking the pulpit in April 2013, his focus and vision for Pilgrim Baptist Church is to further develop and expand the churches’ ministries, some of which include; spiritual development, grief counseling services, intercessory prayer groups, ministers’ in training, entrepreneurship training, and support for married couples.
After more than 20 years in ministry, Rev. Wilson has developed to become a courageous pastor, servant-leader, distinguished visionary, with a strong interest and passion for education. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Kentucky State University and holds a Master Degree in Student Personnel Services from Trenton State University, a Masters in Urban Administration and Supervision from The New Jersey City State University, and a Doctorate of Theology from Iowa Christian Theological Seminary/Eastern Bible Institute. He is the former president of the Newark Public Schools Guidance Counselor Association and former Principal of both the Academy of Vocational Careers High School and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Campus Schools respectively.
Rev. Wilson is married to his soul mate Karen Peterson-Wilson, the proud parent of his son, Glenn Wilson, Jr., daughter-in-law Gina and his three grandchildren. His dynamic family also includes a sister in ministry Mrs. Marlene Waltz, three brothers Eugene, Robert and late Kenneth Wilson.