Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth that shall not make haste.
Sr. Minister, Edgewood Church of Christ
Bro. John Wilkie was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is married to the former Juanda P. Nottingham for the past 22 years. They have 3 children-Na’Cara, Shawn and Nile. On November 5th, 1993 John obeyed the gospel and became a member at the Vine Street Church of Christ, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bro. Wilkie served in a preceptorship preacher internship from 1993-1998 under the leadership of Bro. Ron D. Wright, Phd minister of 63rd and Vine Street Church of Christ, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He preached his first sermon on February 2, 1997 entitled “Waiting to Exhale”. In 1996, he and his wife and a small group of church members traveled to Mount Nevis and Saint Kitts in the West Indies for a 7 day “Christ for the World” Evangelism Tour under the leadership of Bro. George Myers III. While there Bro. Wilkie taught the boys teen bible workshops, conducted activities and events for the youth camp. He was the facilitator for the Youth Bible Workshop for the 2006 Philadelphia Youth Conference sponsored by Overbrook Park Church of Christ in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. John has been preaching the gospel for over 20 years, he was ordained and licensed as a minister in 2009 by Willie L. Rupert Jr. He worked for the past 7 years as the assistant minister at Central Church of Christ, Baltimore, Maryland where Bro. Willie L. Rupert, Jr. is the presiding minister. He taught and led adult bible study, personal bible studies, prison and men’s ministries. Bro. Wilkie has preached and conducted leadership workshops at the Mid-Atlantic Lectureship throughout the region. He has an extensive ministry experience; conduct men’s class, weekly Sunday school, children’s church, young adult and youth bible study. He prepared lessons and taught new converts class, Tuesday morning community bible class and Wednesday night adult bible class. John was the project manager and site coordinator for Baltimore, Maryland Crusade for Christ campaign under the direction of Edward Maxwell 2011. He has trained and mentored brothers interested in ministerial work “training for service” in prepared topical, contextual and doctrinal sermons and lesson plans. He planned and organized trips and organized activities for 5 week youth summer camp in collaboration with Baltimore City Youth Works, 2015. John was guest speaker for various young adult groups facilitating discussions on dating and martial relationships. He has organized and led door knocking campaigns for gospel meetings. In 2015, Bro. Wilkie was a presenter conducting a 2 day workshop entitled “Finding your purpose in the leadership’s vision” at the 71st Annual National Lectureship in Chicago, Illinois.
As a bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ, I believe the foundation of the church must solely stand on the biblical principles of God through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to guiding and leading to all truth. My charge as a minister in the Lord’s Church is to hold on to the faith and a good conscience standing on the foundation of sound doctrine, preaching the Gospel of the Bible both in principle and practical education. To equip men and women for the Lord’s work and service, train the youth and encourage seniors to be a light set on a hill that will glorify the One God and Father of all. I believe the Lord’s Church is a family system that is united in love, truth and trust that together grows botanically endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.