"Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding."
Reverend Barry E. Wise II was born in Rahway, New Jersey as the oldest son of Barry Sr. and Sandra Wise. He was an active member of the Greater Mount Moriah Baptist Church, regularly engaging in the life of the church from an early age. He graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences & Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University in New York, NY.
Rev. Wise was licensed and ordained under the ardent tutelage of Rev. Ronald A. Green Sr. and began his theological education at Northern Baptist School of Religion. He obtained his Master of Divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, where he served as president of the Student Society of Inquiry and Ministry (SSIM) and received the John W. Coakley award for excellence in Church History and Foundational Theology.
Rev. Wise was installed to the position of pastor by the congregation of Greater Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Linden, NJ on May 15th 2015 where he serves to fulfill his calling to lead and minister to God’s people in this present age.
Seeking to serve and improve the communities in which he lives; Rev. Wise participates in Faith in New Jersey, the New Jersey Clergy Coalition for Justice and the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council and other local organizations. Rev. Wise is committed to the advancement of a variety of causes: seeking justice and fairness regarding the issue of police brutality, promoting anti-racism and diversity training for all, establishing economic justice for lower and middle class members of our society, and reaching across ethnic and social barriers to form genuine bonds of community.
Rev. Wise is married to his devoted wife and best friend Kimberly Jones-Wise, with whom he has two children: Barack and Suriyah.