About Our Pastor

Rev. Simeon Spencer is the youngest child of the late Rev. J. Herbert Spencer, Sr. and Mrs. Lillian B. Johnson Spencer. He received his early nurture in the Christian faith under the tutelage of his father at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, his early career was spent working as a counselor for Vision Quest, Inc., an alternative rehabilitation program for juvenile offenders. Upon leaving Vision Quest he accepted a position in the U.S. Capital as a Legislative Aide to United States Senator Richard C. Shelby and served there for nearly ten years.

While working in the nation’s capital Rev. Spencer acknowledged his call to the Christian Ministry and was licensed to preach by the New Samaritan Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. Dr. Robert Harrison. He served as the congregation’s first Minister of Christian Education. Following his tenure in Washington, he further pursued his call by enrolling in Princeton Theological Seminary, from which he received the Master of Divinity Degree. There he distinguished himself in academics and service and was awarded the Aaron Gast Prize for Urban Ministry.

Rev. Spencer now serves as Senior Pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey. During his twelve years of leadership the church has experienced tremendous growth, as the congregation has more than quadrupled in size from a membership of 300 to 1200 persons. The growth in membership has also precipitated the expansion of church ministries to include specialized programs for seniors, married couples, youth, single adults, the homeless, ex-offenders, academic tutoring, job training, literacy, AIDS and addiction recovery resource counseling.

Rev. Spencer led Union Baptist in founding of Trenton HOPE, a community development corporation that is partnering with local, state and national government as well as private entities, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in the revitalization of the city of Trenton. Trenton HOPE has been instrumental in efforts to build housing, open new neighborhood businesses and develop a wellness program targeting urban communities.

Pastor and Mrs. Simeon SpencerA sought after and versatile preacher, Rev. Spencer has ministered in varied forums from the rural south to the chapel of England’s prestigious Rugby School. His ministry, leadership and contributions to the Trenton community and beyond have been recognized by several community organizations, including the NAACP and the Metropolitan Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce, and have led to his participation on Mercer Counties A+ Task Force on Literacy the Henry J. Austin Health Center’s Capital Fund Campaign and the McCarter Theater’s Board of Advisors.

Rev. Spencer is married to the former Glynis Hines and they are the proud parents of four children-- Erica, Sarah, Simeon Mikel and Sidney.


301 Pennington Avenue
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
Phone:  (609) 392-2245
Fax: (609) 695-2400

Join Us
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship: 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship (5th):  9:30 a.m.
Wednesday Prayer: 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday W.I.P. Teen Study:  7:00 p.m.
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