Bishop Philip M. Bonaparte is a charismatic preacher, multidisciplinary leader, and medical doctor whose mission is to deliver a message of hope and healing that will usher transformation into the lives of people all across the globe. Central to his calling is his role as the senior pastor of New Hope Church of God, one church in three locations. Since being founded in September 2002, New Hope Church of God has grown to more than 600 members and continues to expand rapidly throughout the Greater Trenton Area, East Windsor/Hightstown, and Long Branch, New Jersey.
Having attained the highest ministerial rank, that of a bishop, Bonaparte has served as a District Overseer for four churches, on the New Jersey State Ministers Council, as Coordinator for New Jersey Pastoral Care Covenant Group Program, and as Chairman for the State Evangelism Board. He now serves as a member of the Care Ministry Board of the Church of God International headquartered in Cleveland, TN.
The Dual Calling
At the age of 15, Bonaparte gave his heart to the Lord and began preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ soon after. At the age of 19, he felt the call of God to enter the pastorate and so founded the Woodlands New Testament Church of God on the Caribbean island of Grenada. Synchronously, he was accepted into St. George’s University where he began his medical training. The article “Saving Lives and Souls through Both Medicine and Ministry,” published in the May 2013 issue of the Positive Community Magazine, describes Dr. Bonaparte’s acuity of spirit in answering the dual call to both medicine and ministry that was on his life.
His unique twofold ministry has afforded him the opportunity to grace many great platforms and address a wide variety of audiences. He is the host of two nationally acclaimed radio broadcasts, which he uses to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. Bonaparte also anchors a monthly television program called “In the Public Interest” that deals with health issues in the African American community. His tremendous expertise on health matters coupled with the life-saving medical advice he issues to his viewers has led many to dub him “The Dr. Oz of the Church.”
An Extensive Reach
Beyond the four walls, Bonaparte has solidified his presence and influence in the community, garnering close to a dozen awards, the most recent of which include the 2011 Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross Northern New Jersey Chapter and the 2011 Leadership Award from the Caribbean Medical Mission.
After more than 30 years of ministry, Bonaparte’s voice and reach continue to extend beyond the borders of the United States and the Caribbean. Having made its stamp on the state of New Jersey, his binate ministry is predicted to become a household name across the nation over the course of the next decade.
Bishop Bonaparte is happily married to Rev. Tracey S. Bonaparte and is the proud father of Philip II and Philicia.
Youth & Discipleship, Worship & Arts
Reverends Selwyn and Michelle Arnold - Youth & Worship & Arts Pastors
Selwyn and Michelle were married in August 2008 and God has continued to open doors of ministry for them both as their unique journeys have become solidified as one. The Arnolds are bound together with a heart for souls to be won for Christ—especially the Youth of our day. The challenges they throw out to their generation cannot go un-noticed.
Rev. Selwyn Arnold is the Youth Pastor and Worship & Arts Pastor at New Hope Church of God in East Windsor NJ. He was called to be a minister at the age of 17 and began preaching from that time. He was set forth into ministry when he was 21 and played an active role in preaching, evangelism, music ministry and Youth Pastor at his local church.
Selwyn earned his B.S in Sociology and Minor in Psychology from Rutgers University and a M.B.A from Phoenix University. He is a Licensed Minister in the Church of God. Selwyn has also been a familiar face as a lecturer at several Church of God Music and Worship venues including NYLA/North East Leadership Summit and Southern New England Tools Conference between 2003 and 2008. He has been a Teen Talent Adjudicator and Music Chairman and Coordinator for the state of New Jersey from 2003 to 2006. Selwyn has also been a part of the International General Assembly orchestra for several years.
Selwyn has performed with and opened for artists such as Papa San, Dorinda Clarke-Cole, Alvin Slaughter, Nancy Jackson-Johnson, Lucinda Moore and others. He is a Producer, Song Writer and soon to be Recording Artist in his own right. In the course of his ministry he met his wife, Michelle Arnold who led a very full life in music ministry in her own right. Michelle, being born into a family of ministry surrendered her life to the Lord at a young age and served in her local church as Music Director, Praise & Worship leader, Sunday School Teacher, Teen Girls Counselor, event planner and a faithful assistant to the Youth Pastor.