A Church Grows in Brooklyn

Born and raised in Westchester, New York, James T. Roberson III was a typical high school student and athlete.

“Though I grew up in church, my relationship with God was defined more by praying for wins in football and passing classes in school,” Roberson said honestly.

After graduating from high school (which he calls a miracle), he was off to Valley Forge Military College. He later graduated from James Madison University (JMU). It was during his college years that he became involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, which intensified his relationship with God.

“[In college], I was introduced to a consistent lifestyle of living for God,” Roberson said. And that is where he met his wife, Natarsha. The couple have served a wide spectrum of people through campus ministry at 3 universities in Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Texas and 4 church plants in Maryland, North Carolina, and Georgia.

In 2013, the Robersons, along with their 2 young daughters, moved to Brooklyn, New York, to start The Bridge Church.

Although still a new church plant, The Bridge is fulfilling its motto: “Connect to God. Grow with Family. Serve our City.” Besides worship on Sunday, there are 3 City Groups meeting on weeknights for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. The church also serves 3 community-based organizations feeding the hungry and helping with transitional housing.

“When we first moved into town, we knew absolutely no one,” James Roberson said. “Now we have about 70 folks that we meet with every Sunday. . . . It’s really exciting to see all the different people God [has] brought to us.”

Even more exciting is seeing lives change. “It’s awesome to see the Lord draw people to Himself.”

The Robersons requested prayer for

  • a larger apartment for their family
  • developing leadership
  • starting 3 new City Groups

Janice Backer is a freelance writer living in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

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