Who Am I? Why Another Blog?

Let me introduce myself without sounding like I’m making my bid for the presidency.

Who am I?

I am Ernest Grant, which you probably guessed from the title of the blog. I’m a husband, father, pastor, dog breeder, and student. But most importantly, I am a follower of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 2:20)

I’m a husband, father, pastor, dog breeder, and student. But most importantly, I am a follower of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 2:20)

I grew up about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia in the suburb of Burlington and had great parents. They pointed me to Jesus but my heart was far from Him, and after I left for college my depravity really began to show. I went to a local state school and went wild! I was partying, drinking, smoking weed, and going crazy until the day I sat in a church near Princeton, NJ. The pastor looked directly in my eyes during the sermon and told me that the Lord was displeased with me ignoring Him and wanted me to repent. This was in the middle of the sermon! He didn’t even know me! I immediately broke down, accepted Jesus.

They pointed me to Jesus but my heart was far from Him, and after I left for college my depravity really began to show. I went to a local state school and went wild! I was partying, drinking, smoking weed, and going crazy until the day I sat in a church near Princeton, NJ. The pastor looked directly in my eyes during the sermon and told me that the Lord was displeased with me ignoring Him and wanted me to repent. This was in the middle of the sermon! He didn’t even know me! I immediately broke down, accepted Jesus.

The pastor looked directly in my eyes during the sermon and told me that the Lord was displeased with me ignoring Him and wanted me to repent. This was in the middle of the sermon! He didn’t even know me! I immediately broke down, accepted Jesus.

When I returned to college that Fall, I was full of passion to serve Him. I began leading a bible study on campus and it quickly grew from a few people to well over a hundred plus people on a weekly basis. After graduating from college with a degree in Earth Science, I worked at a few environmental consulting firms before and being

After graduating from college with a degree in Earth Science, I worked at a few environmental consulting firms before and being discipled.

The next thing you know, I got married (Hey, Baby), graduated seminary, (RTS, let’s go!), and had a daughter (Hey, Amaela), and have been serving at Epiphany Camden for the last 5 years.

Why start another blog?

I wanted to start a blog that focused directly on life, ministry, and mission within the inner city. Camden is the city that I love. It’s one of the poorest, most violent cities in the nation, and I want this blog to be a window into the life of a pastor seeking to navigate both living in and living on mission here, while sharing wisdom gained along the way.

Camden is the city that I love. It’s one of the poorest, most violent cities in the nation, and I want this blog to be a window into the life of a pastor seeking to navigate both living in and living on mission here, while sharing wisdom gained along the way.

I’ll write on inner city evangelism, leadership development, and discipleship. I’ll share stories about nearly getting shot on the block to almost having to “throw the hands” (fist-fight) with Muslims, from showing up at vigils and funerals for murdered residents to disciplining ex-drug kingpins.

Honestly, I often fear for my life. My neighbor was recently a victim of a home invasion! In view of the fact that it gets real in these Camden streets, I want you to see how I seek to live to God’s glory in this context. By no means am I an inner city ministry guru.

However, I hope my posts provide people living and doing ministry in the rough inner cities with some encouragement. My prayer is that what God is doing in my city encourages and equips you to do ministry in your city to God’s glory.

Ernest Cleo Grant, II

Ernest Cleo Grant, II (@ernestcleogrant) is the Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship Church of Camden, a graduate of Reformed Seminary (D.C.), and is currently completing his Doctorate of Education from Stockton University. He and his wife Sarah have been married for almost a decade and have two children( Amaela and Chancellor). He's an avid reader, a community advocate, and has bylines in The Witness, Christianity Today, The Star-Ledger, Desiring God, and other publications

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