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Pastor Alphonsus E. Platt

Reverend Platt was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to the late Thelma McCrimmon Platt and James Platt. He moved to Newark with his family at the age of 5 years old. He was educated in the Newark Public School system where he graduated from Weequahic High School. He has an extensive education and music background for over 35 years. He has done research and studied at Kean University, Seton Hall University, and Yad Vashem Holocaust Center in Israel. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Jersey City State College. He has a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey. He also has a Certificate in Christian Ministry from New York Theological Seminary. He has toured nationally and internationally as a gospel music drummer. He has also worked as a drummer, writer, producer and executive producer on various gospel music recordings.

Rev. Platt spent more than twenty years as an active member of Good Neighbor Baptist church under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. John T. Teabout and Rev. Dr. George A. Blackwell, III. At Good Neighbor he served faithfully as a Musician, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Minister, and Assistant Pastor.

Rev. Platt is a former bi-vocational Pastor. He recently retired as the Principal of WOK Middle School in Hillside, NJ. He completed a stellar 33 year career in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator in the Hillside Public School District. He now serves as the full time Pastor of the Nia Fellowship Baptist Church in West Orange, NJ and President of the United Clergy of the Oranges and vicinity.

In July of 2014, Rev. Platt led the Nia Fellowship Baptist Church congregation in a successful acquisition of the former Ridgeview Community Presbyterian Church in West Orange, NJ valued at 1.2 million dollars. He also led the church in a project called “Project Pack Up”. That initiative helped the Nia Fellowship congregation to move in, renovate and revive the church building after the building had suffered fire damage and had been unoccupied for almost 2 years before the purchase.

Rev. Platt has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands with his music, education, and ministry background. His goal is for the Nia Fellowship Baptist Church to become relevant as a new community church that helps maintain and enhance a positive quality of life in West Orange and vicinity. He has been the recipient of many community service awards. He works hard to improve the quality of life for all people. He believes that the healing formula to help our communities is the mixture of God, Education, and Love.

Rev. Platt resides in Union, NJ and is married to Gwendolyn Denise Platt who is a Union Township Public Schools teacher.  They are the parents of two lovely children named Parminder and Marcus. They are also the proud grandparents of a Grandson name Gideon.

His favorite scripture is Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the Lord at all times. His Praises shall continually be in my mouth”.


Lady Dr. Gwendolyn Denise Platt

Lady Gwendolyn Platt was born on June 29, 1965 in Bronx, New York. She was adopted by Willie and Charles Foster and was raised in Roselle, New Jersey. She was educated in the Roselle Public Schools and later transferred to St. Joseph’s Catholic School. She graduated from Girls Catholic High School which is now known as Roselle Catholic High School.

Lady Platt continued her education at Kean College in Union, New Jersey. There she studied Elementary Education because she had a longtime desire to be a teacher since 11 years old.  She received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in 1987.  After graduating from college, she began working for St. Catherine’s Elementary School in Elizabeth, New Jersey as a departmental teacher for 6th, 7th, 8th grades.

Lady Platt decided to leave education and began working for Choices, Inc. Choices was a halfway house for women and children recovering from drugs and alcohol. During her two years as an employee, she became a certified social worker and substance abuse counselor for the state of New Jersey.  Later, she worked for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey and became certified as an HIV counselor for the state of New Jersey.

After a few years with Planned Parenthood Lady Platt’s desires to teach lead her back into education. She began working as a first grade teacher at The Chad School and Bethany Christian Academy both of Newark, New Jersey.  After several years of private school teaching she landed a job in the Irvington Public school district. After leaving Irvington Public Schools, she worked for the Newark Leaguers and pursued her Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Education. During that time she was hired in the Union Public School district in 2010. She received her Master’s Degree with certification in Special Education in May 2011 from New Jersey City University and Supervisor Certification in May 2016. She is currently a Doctoral student at the College of Saint Elizabeth and she is presently working as a Special Needs teacher at Connecticut Farms School in the Union Public School District.

In 1988, she married Alphonsus Platt and out of this union they have two children named Parminder and Marcus. They also have a 4yr. old Grandson named Gideon.

Lady Platt is presently the First Lady of the Nia Fellowship Baptist Church in West Orange, New Jersey where Rev. Alphonsus Platt is the pastor. She gives all the praise, glory and honor to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon her.

Her favorite Scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


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