From 1996 to 2017, Dr. J. Stanley Justice was pastor of Greater Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Trenton, New Jersey. He was extremely involved in Trenton community organizations, serving as CEO of the New Jersey HDC-State Commission on HIV/AIDS; Chairman of the Mt. Zion Neighborhood Development and Economic Corporation; member and Vice-Chairman of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, New Jersey Annual Conference Board Of Trustees; President of the Camden Trenton District Ministers Alliance; and Chairperson of the South Jersey Political Council and Chairman of the Education Committee of the New Jersey Black Ministers Council. He received the NAACP’s Religion Award and the Mercer County consortium HIV/AIDS Award. He and received his DMin in church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Leading Ideas

A disconnect developed in the historic African Methodist Episcopal Church I serve between older and younger people around worship styles. While the median age in…