As a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) church planter, James Roberson and his wife, Natarsha, moved their family to unfamiliar Brooklyn to plant The Bridge Church. James trusted the Lord to open the right doors for him. “I just opened up the book of Acts and tried it,” he says.

One day while prayer walking, James passed by Long Island University, Brooklyn, a campus with no evangelical presence for seven years. He put his hand on a building and prayed, “God, would you open a door on this campus for me or someone else?” As he walked into the foyer, two students were arguing, one of them yelling, “Yes, He is.” When this student saw James approach, she turned to him and asked, “Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God?” After this amazing encounter, a few meetings in the Dean’s office and God’s orchestration of events, Pastor James now has an on-campus student ministry called Ignite, along with his own office inside the freshmen dorm.

When asked about Brooklyn’s culture, James says, “The authenticity radar is the highest in the country. You have to be competent and admit your failures.” God has honored The Bridge Church’s authenticity through the fruit of conversions and baptisms, a clothing ministry for the homeless and future plans to plant a second church.

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