A Message From Our Pastor

Pastor Joel M. Small, Chief Servant


The First Baptist Church of Cherry Hill family is so honored that GOD has laid it upon your heart to visit our web ministry today. I sincerely believe everything God does has a purpose and I have no doubt that God had a reason He wanted you to click on our site today!

Here at First Baptist, it is our sincere desire to provide the following: an atmosphere of loving acceptance; a place where the people of God can grow in their relationship with the Lord; spirit-led teaching and preaching of the gospel; producing Christ-centered determined disciples; and equipping the membership for ministry beyond our walls.

Once you enter the sanctuary and look around you will find that you are surrounded by people just like you-people who are filled with hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, strengths and weaknesses. The common thread or what binds us together is the fact that we all have a sincere desire to become stronger disciples for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I want to take this opportunity to invite you to visit us. You can find a home here at First Baptist if you are a spiritual seeker just beginning your walk with God, or a committed believer continuing your walk with Him.

Again, I along with the First Baptist of Cherry Hill family, rejoice that you have visited with us today. Let us together lift up our hands and voices in praise to the Almighty God for He has and continues to do great things!!!

May God’s favor rest upon you!

Pastor Joel M. Small, Chief Servant

Brief biographical sketch on Pastor Small

Ordained – October 21, 2001

Educational Background

Pastor Small was educated in the Public Schools of Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Haverford College earning a BA in History and obtained a Master’s in Theology from St Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland

Pastor Small was employed by Wachovia Bank for 20 years until leaving for full-time ministry. He was licensed and ordained at the Enon Baptist Church Baltimore, Maryland. Pastor Small served as the Assistant Pastor at Enon under the Pastorate of Rev Dr. Arnold W. Howard from November 2002 until January 2005.

Pastor Small was called to the First Baptist Church of Cherry Hill in January 2005. He counts it an honor and privilege that God has called him to be the under-shepherd of the people of First Baptist. Pastor Small served as Treasurer of the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland, Inc. from May 2006-May 2014. Pastor Small currently serves as President of the Cherry Hill Ministerial Alliance.