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.