|Meet The Pastor|
Bishop Robert T. Farrell was born July 21, 1955, in Newark, New Jersey, to the late Robert Farrell and Alice Ramey. He is the sixth of eight siblings. His hard work and tireless stamina stem from his parents, who instilled a strong work ethic in him at an early age. Bishop Farrell is the father of five lovely daughters,Contessa, Akirah, Latoya, Charee and Alexus.
After graduating from the Essex County Vocational School for Boys, he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1982. In 1984 he obtained a Masters of Divinity from the New York Theology Seminary and in 1999 his Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.
At age 23 he was ‘called’ to the ministry. On October 10, 1982, Pastor, Bishop L. N. Forbes, ordained him an elder. Over the years he have served as Choir Director, Director of Outreach Ministries, and President of the Youth Convention, Superintendent of Sunday School and as a member of the Board of Elders.
At the age of 30, he accepted the role of Pastor at Holy Temple Church, which is now known as “Refuge Tabernacle Christian Center”. Since accepting this position he has instituted the Lifeline Ministries, Mission Outreach, We Care, Christian Education/Bible Institute, Sister-to-Sister Ministry, Heart-to-Heart Ministries, Joshua Generation (Youth Ministry), Community Outreach (Tent Revivals, Street Outreach), Music Ministry and Refuge’s Community Basketball Team. He has also created Job training, GED Program, Adult Daycare, Affordable Housing and New Start Program – Reentrance into the Work World.
On February 17, 2002, he opened the Higher Praise Family Worship Center of Jersey City, New Jersey.
Bishop Farrell is currently the Executive Director of Love Center Day Care and Chief Executive Officer of the Refuge Community Development Corporation (R.C.D.C.). He has created many jobs and this had given him great joy. His motto in ministry advocates highly the premise that we must “Rescue the perishing and care for the dieing.” Armed with faith in God, Dr. Farrell has and is endeavoring to be an instrumental part of bringing new life back to an old community.
The vision of Bishop Robert T. Farrell is to be instrumental in restoring the value principle as well as re-establishing the relationship between the church and the community. In doing so, a constant pace is laid in closely following in the footsteps of Christ when he said that ‘all men will know we are truly his disciples.’ It is his belief that all men (mankind) can change. The power of change- comes through divine example. Jesus the Christ is our agent of change throughout centuries. He has been modeled to be displayed in our communities, towns, states, nation and the world.