Meet the Pastor


“Energetic!” “Dynamic!” “Insightful!” These are just some of the words used to describe the ministry of Pastor Lester W. Wormley. He was born and raised in Newark, NJ and began his leadership journey by operating in music ministry. Prior to becoming a pastor, he strengthened the music ministries of churches for over 15 years starting with his home church, the Randall Chapel Freewill Baptist church. In addition, he established or assisted several gospel choirs of academic institutions including Science High (Newark, NJ), Elizabeth High School (Elizabeth, NJ), Rutgers University (Newark, NJ) and Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ). It was during these years that Rev. Wormley began to preach the Gospel and build a reputation as a capable preacher as well as a musician. His talent and commitment to ministry carried him to churches, schools and performing arts venues around the country.

Rev. Wormley served as Pastor of the St. Mark Unified Free Will Baptist Church from 2001-2010. In May 2010, he answered the call to serve as the Senior Pastor of the Liberty Baptist Church. During his pastoral tenure, he has demonstrated passion for ministry and compassion for people. He is also driven to impact the community through engagement, advocacy and organization. It is that passion that drives him at Liberty to present ministry imparts the Word, empowers the witness and impacts the world.  

Pastor Lester W. Wormley is a great advocate of education. He is a graduate of the New York Theological Seminary Christian Ministry Program. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Somerset Christian College (now Pillar) in Biblical Studies, a Master’s degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and is earning a second Master’s Degree at Liberty University in Theological Studies.

Pastor Wormley has been happily married to the former Shamika Parker of Elizabeth, NJ for over 15 years. They are blessed with three wonderful children Markus, Shanice and Zariah.