Payne, Jr. Statement on Reverend Ron Christian

Nov 6, 2015 Issues: Local Issues

Newark, N.J.Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released the following statement on the passing of Reverend Ron Christian, the pastor of Christian Love Baptist Church in Irvington, New Jersey. Reverend Christian will lie in state today at Essex County Newark Tech.

“Reverend Christian was a dedicated, compassionate, and loving faith leader who made a difference in every life he touched. He was the type of man whose energy and dynamism drew you in and kept you close. He inspired each of us to look past our shortcomings and become the best versions of ourselves.

“I knew Reverend Christian for almost 40 years, since we were teenagers growing up in the same neighborhood. He was an exceptionally talented, deeply intelligent, and profoundly gifted individual with seemingly endless energy. Whatever he did he excelled at, as demonstrated by the many honors he received, the community initiatives he led, and the respect he earned around the world. Put simply, he was just a good friend.

“To Reverend Christian’s family and loved ones, I extend my thoughts and prayers.”