Matthew 6:33, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you"
Bishop Linda Latimer and Presiding Elder Emmit Latimer
Both Pastors are ordained through Church on the Rock Ministries Inc. where the Founder and presiding prelate is Bishop Marcia Pitts. Prior to pastoring, they held a variety of leadership positions including the Youth Department, Audio Department, Praise Team, Evangelistic Team, COTR Camp, Sunday School and New Members Class. Pastor Em and Pastor Linda are very excited about what God is doing and expect great things from him.
In addition to pastoring full time, Pastor Linda works as a middle school teacher in the public school system. She is honored to be Dean of the Training for Service School of Ministry, Youth Convention Chairperson and the director of the Church on the Rock Christian Academic Camp; a faith-based camp that runs for 7 weeks each summer.
Pastor Em works in an engineering firm as a survey technician. He teaches in the Training for Service School of Ministry and is very well known for his messages on faith. In November of 2011, Pastor Em was elevated to the position of Presiding Elder.
Both pastors are determined to trust God whole-heartedly and only to stand and live by his word. They reside in New Castle, DE with their 2 young men, Brandon and Micaiah.
It was late November of 2006 when Bishop Marcia Pitts, summoned Elders Emmit and Linda Latimer to her office. She began to share what they already knew, that God had said that their time was now. So armed with their sons, Brandon and Micaiah and 2 saints that were released to go with them, Minister Cynthia Truitt and Sis. Katara Howard, they branched out and had their very first Bible study on January 10, 2007. Although they were few in number, they knew that God would be doing something BIG. The first Sunday in February, they walked into the Hampton Inn, in Pennsville, New Jersey by faith; believing that what God had promised, he would certainly do. God began to mold this small group into a church with sound doctrine, strong faith and an ability to fulfill the commandment “to compel them to come.”
With that, they began to hit the streets of Pennsville, Pennsgrove and Salem to remind every person that they came in contact with, that Jesus was still Alive and Well! Today, they are still doing that for God’s word is true, he has began to add to the church daily…..
The Mother Church
In February of 1992, Bishop Marcia Pitts fulfilled a 12 year prophecy and founded Church On The Rock Ministries, Incorporated. She began humbly with a small bible study, but because the Lord was and is with her, the bible study grew within a month and the very first service was held in the basement of her home.
On October 31, 1992 her faith congregation were able to purchase 28 Queen Avenue, where they presently reside.
Bishop Pitts is anointed and appointed by God to do his work. The Lord has given Bishop Pitts a vision that includes television, shelters, and the J.L. Jones Christian School. Because of her continual belief that praise, worship, and daily prayer is a key element to having an intimate connection with God, she is a radical and dynamic preacher.
She is a woman of God whose life is surrounded with prayer and devotion. Bishop Pitts received her Doctorate of Divinity from Jameson Christian College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1995.
Today, Church On The Rock consist of close to 200 members. There are 6 additional churches under Church on the Rock Ministries, a Training for Service School of Ministry, a Christian Academic Camp which has been in operation for over 12 years and a radio ministry is blessing the airwaves every Saturday morning.
Bishop Pitts is also in the process of completing her first book and is a accomplished musician. Her favorite pastime is gardening. She is the widow of the late Elder Joseph M. Pitts, Sr. the mother of 3 daughters and 1 son, grandmother of 5, and proud great-grandmother of 1.