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Reverend Emma Salter

Emma Salter is the Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle Christian Ministries, Inc. in Newark, New Jersey. God has called her to a ministry of deliverance and reconciliation. Her messages of hope, victory and empowerment through repentance result in broken hearts being mended, families reunited and shattered lives restored by the awesome power of the Holy Spirit. She is committed to the less fortunate within the community. To this end, her ministry offers many services needed by the community including a soup kitchen, youth programs, marriage counseling, tutoring programs, nursing home ministry, block explosions, adult education and other outreach programs. Because of her unique anointing to minister to those who are going through major physical, emotional, spiritual and financial difficulty, many now realize that though they were once cast down in life, they are not destroyed (Cor 4:8-9).

Reverend Salter is a living testimony. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and enduring lengthy sessions of chemotherapy for eight months, she is joyfully professing the healing, which the Lord promised. She is a constant reminder to her congregation and all who meet her that the miracle-working Savior we read about in the gospel is indeed the same yesterday, today and forever.

Reverend Salter was ordained an Elder in 1977 under the Tabernacle Churches of God. Over the past twenty-five years she has served the church in various capacities including Sunday School Teacher, Choir Director, Youth Leader, Missionary and Assistant Pastor. Reverend Salter was installed as Pastor of JTCM, Inc. in 1993 after the retiring of her mother, the late Overseer Josephine Byrd. She motivates people to strive for excellence in every aspect of life, especially education. In 1994, she received her B.A. from Kean University in Early Childhood Education. Her leadership by example has inspired many people in her congregation to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many who had once been defeated by education have been inspired to enroll in GED courses offered by the ministry.

In 1999, Reverend Salter received recognition from Irvington Public Schools as Role Model for Multicultural Harmony. She is the Founder of Higher Learning Christian Academy and Dean of Joy Center for Biblical Studies. In 2000, the City of Newark issued a resolution recognizing Reverend Salter for her commitment and continuous contributions to the residents of Newark.

Her husband Samuel B. Salter supports Reverend Salter in the ministry. They are the proud parents of five grown children and the doting grandparents of nine grandchildren. They reside happily in the Township of Piscataway, New Jersey.