|Reverend Terrence S. Keeling,
14 Beekman Place
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Rev Dr. Terrence S. Keeling comes to the Eastside Community of Wilmington uniquely qualified to serve as pastor of Central Baptist Church and President/ Chief Executive Officer of the Central Baptist Community Development Corporation. His business experience includes over twenty five years with the F.W. Woolworth Corp. where, as district manager, he was responsible for one of the largest and most diverse urban districts with revenues totaling in excess of $40,000,000. It was there that he gained his reputation of being an urban specialist. His experience also includes “big box” store management where he served as store director of one of Caldor’s large urban stores and Co manager of one of K Mart’s highest volume stores.
Upon being “called” into ministry he entered New Brunswick Theological Seminary where He graduated with a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Metro Urban Ministry. He continued his studies at New Brunswick Seminary where he studied practically applied theology through such areas as community organizing, city planning and public policy while earning his Doctor of Ministry degree in Metro Urban Ministry.
His ministerial call has directed him to serve as Young Adults Minister and later Associate Minister at First Baptist Church in Englewood, New Jersey while also serving as Executive Director of The Next Step Project, a division of the First Baptist Church of Englewood’s nonprofit community development corporation. He has also served as Director of Calvary Baptist Community Development Corporation in Paterson NJ’s young adult mentoring program, and also as Director of Calvary Baptist Community Development Corporation’s Resource Family Initiative. He now serves as Pastor of Central Baptist Church located in Wilmington’s Eastside where his community based application of the gospel, which focuses on “whole” as opposed to just “soul salvation,” along with his business experience has resulted in innovative and effective community outreach programs through The Central Baptist C.D.C.
Under his leadership the Corporation has established Urban Acres LLC, which provides locally grown produce to communities designated as food deserts, Eastside Rising Training Center which provides trainees with the soft and technical skills that will insure that they are job ready, Eastside Employment Services LLC, which provides placement of those trainees as well as case management focused on removing the barriers that may hinder applicants success.
Reverend Keeling is also Chairman of The Eastside Blueprint where their asset based approach has resulted in the community developed plan known as Eastside Rising. The plan which is being implemented by the community through the CDC has empowered the Eastside community to provide opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship, affordable housing along with a new since of pride to the Eastside Community.