About Us - What We Believe
Bishop Alexander Crawford Bright, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of Disciples for Christ Church of God, located in Hammonton, New Jersey. Bishop Bright was born unto Wanda M. Bright and Jeffrey E. Carr in Philadelphia, Pa. His mother named him after her grandfather, the late Bishop Crawford F. Bright of the Church of God. Bishop Bright is married to the beautiful Pastor Elizabeth and the father of six children.
Bishop Bright attended Philadelphia Christian Academy and graduated from St. Ignatius. He also attended Roman Catholic and graduated from Camden High school in New Jersey. Bishop Bright furthered his education when he graduated from Rowan University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a concentration in Secondary Education. He is also a graduate of P&B Cosmetology School. Bishop Bright takes pride in learning and being a DISCIPLE FOR CHRIST.
Although he accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at an early age, he became very active in the church in 2004 when he was baptized in the Holy Spirit. He became an Associate Minister, President of Men’s Fellowship, and a Sunday School Teacher at Gates of Praise Church of God under the Pastoral Leadership of Dr. E. Ruth Adams. He also ministered regularly with the Evangelism Outreach Team on the streets of Camden and in various nursing homes.
On August 31, 2008, Bishop Bright planted and became the Senior Pastor of Disciples for Christ Church of God. Until January 31, 2010, the church was situated in the home of Bishop Bright and moved to a store front in Sicklerville, New Jersey. The church is now located at 733 9th Street in Hammonton, New Jersey (formerly Hammonton Church of God).
God prepared Bishop Bright for ministry through his life experiences and the Church of God School of Ministry. He successfully completed Calling and Ministry Studies (CAMS), graduated from Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) and completed his credentials with an Exhorter, Ordain Minister and Ordain Bishop licenses under Church of God of Cleveland, Tennessee.
What We Believe
In agreement with the Church of God, Cleveland, TN, this is what we believe.
Declaration of Faith
1. In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
2. In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
3. That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
4. That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
5. That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
6. In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
7. Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.
8. In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
9. In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
10. In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
11. Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.
12. In the Lord’s Supper and washing of the saints’ feet.
13. In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
14. In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.
The Church of God’s offer scriptural guidelines for practical Christian living.
We will demonstrate our commitment to Christ through our practice of the spiritual disciplines; we will demonstrate our commitment to the body of Christ through our loyalty to God and commitment to His church; and we will demonstrate our commitment to the work of Christ through our being good stewards.
We will engage in those activities which glorify God in our body and which avoid the fulfillment of the lust of the flesh. We will read, watch and listen to those things which are of positive benefit to our spiritual well-being.
We will live in a manner that inspires trust and confidence, bearing the fruit of the Spirit and seeking to manifest the character of Christ in all our behavior.
We will give priority to fulfilling family responsibilities, to preserving the sanctity of marriage and to maintaining divine order in the home.
We will practice temperance in behavior and will abstain from activities and attitudes which are offensive to our fellowman or which lead to addiction or enslavement.
We will demonstrate the scriptural principle of modesty by appearing and dressing in a manner that will enhance our Christian testimony and will avoid pride, elaborateness or sensuality.
It should be our objective to fulfill our obligations to society by being good citizens, by correcting social injustices, and by protecting the sanctity of life.