Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

Of Jersey City & Vicinity

Making a Difference

Rev. Nathaniel B. Legay, President

Welcome to the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Jersey City and Vicinity (Hudson County). The IMA is the oldest existent inter-denominational clergy organization in the City of Jersey City having begun in 1946. Today the IMA consists of 19 members representing Christian pastors and associates from churches of various denominatons and independent houses of worship throughout Jersey City, Bayonne, and North Hudson. The Alliance meets together monthly  (September-June). We invite Christian clergy to partner with us in ministry. The IMA will prove to be a place for mutual sharing, support, networking, and information. Those interested in joining our group should attend one of the monthly meetings, or contact any member of the Alliance for more details. “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens his friend” (Proverbs 27:17).

15 churches join forces to take Jersey City neighborhood back from crime, violence

By Stephen McMillian | For The Jersey Journal

on May 16, 2016 at 7:38 AM, updated May 16, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Residents who live near Jersey City's Hub are saying "enough is enough" to the violence in their community. Fifteen neighborhood churches came together last weekend in the Hub's heart at Martin Luther King Drive Plaza for an event aimed at taking back their neighborhood.

Organized by individual churches in conjunction with the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Jersey City, the event brought out many residents who are fed up with the crime and violence. Praise dancers and church choirs were featured, but the heart and soul of the event was to send a wake-up call to area residents. "This is not a concert,'' Bishop Kevin E. Knight of Heavenly Temple Church of God in Christ said. "We came together to bring a spiritual awakening to the city of Jersey City. The church's involvement in society is really important." God, he said, is the ultimate eye in the sky. "The best way to fight crime is go to God, who has eyes everywhere," Knight said. "We have to go back to God, our source, and this is what this event is all about."

Those in attendance agreed that the churches have to go back to being a more viable force to help combat crime and violence in the neighborhood and make the community a better place for all residents. "We need to come together to stop the violence and unite as one," Deacon Nelson Bethea of Full Memorial Church of God in Christ said. Deacon Jerome Hill echoed that sentiment. "I hope the community is hearing what we have to say so we can get together and pray to stop all the violence," he said.

Pastor William Statham of Church of God in Christ spoke about how he can relate to the plight of many young people in the area who are drug addicts. He shared how he began doing drugs as a young man and was addicted for many years but turned his life around and got his seminary degree. "The churches are concerned about their community and God is concerned," Statham said. "We came out to let the community know that we love them and that God loves them."

For more information, visit the Jersey City Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance website at or email .

Note from the IMA: The primary purpose of the gathering was “Seeking God for the City.” We came together to pray, seeking God for revival with 2 Chronicles 7:14 as our theme:

… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Event funded by various churches, pastors, C-Line, and Charles West (Mortuary)