Stop the Funeral
SAY YES, is a familiar phrase often heard reverberating throughout the services at the Cathedral International the Historic Second-Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, NJ. It has become a trademark of Donald Hilliard, Jr., the visionary leader who, at the age of 26, became the church's Senior Pastor. As the son of Alease Hilliard-Chapman and the Late Donald Hilliard, Sr., Donald Hilliard credits his parents for providing a stable and loving home where education and hard work were emphasized. Dr. Hilliard's willingness to say YES to the Lord fostered his ability to grow the church from 125 in 1983 to well over 7,000 members today. Now, as One Church in Three Locations, this vibrant ministry has grown to serving the specific needs of three locations of worship in urban areas of New Jersey: The Cathedral International Second Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, The Cathedral Assembly by the Shore in Asbury Park, and the Cathedral Assembly in the Fields in Plainfield, New Jersey. As a result of Dr. Hilliard's unwavering faith, multifaceted mindset, and ability to trust in the Lord, over fifty ministries are at work within the three cities, with many of the members traveling from throughout the tri-state region of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. The Cathedral is recognized as a growing and relevant church and has been cited by American Baptist Churches USA as a model for church growth.