About Our Church

Connecting with people, serving our community, sharing God's love

Our Mission & Vision

For The Glory Of God And The Joy Of Others

Our mission is to be a church that, out of its love for God and love for others, is committed to bring people from diverse cultures to Jesus and membership in his family; help them to grow into spiritual maturity; equip them as they serve in ministry; and guid them in their mission to share Christ with others.

Our Beliefs & Values

We understand that we are all equal in the eyes of God, and all in need of a savior who accepts us as we are, but won’t let as stay that way. We want to be a place where people will meet God and will be touched by Him.

The Church

We believe the Church is the body of Christ, is the power to shoot down the gates of the hell, one community to live together to change cities, states and countries through the power of the Holy Spirit, the love of God and salvation of Jesus Christ.


In God our pasts no longer exist. Now we are free from condemnation and separation from God; come to Him and be free too. 


We are loved by our God, He so loved the world that gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Through His love we love others. God is always with us. He never leaves us.


We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He came to redeem humanity from a lost eternity, to seek and to save which was lost and proclame release to the captives. We believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day and one day, He will come back!

The Holy Spirit 

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity, He is equal with the Father and the Son, as God. He lives in us and He is a advocate, a helper, and a guide into the truth. We believe in His spiritual gifts and fruits described on the Bible. He comforts us and lead us to Jesus Christ. 

From the beginning, the vision of Christian Community Presbyterian Church (CCP) was to be a church that is faithful to the Bible and relevant to the city of Newark. Its initial strategy was to focus on the Portuguese speaking community, but CCP grew, and now aims to serve the entire city through its ministries.. “

– Pastor Renato D Bernardes

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

As a staff team, we work to serve God, under His word, serving our people and investing in His kingdom to build a great community to worship Jesus.

Our Senior Pastor, Renato D Bernardes

Our Senior Pastor, Renato D Bernardes

Renato Bernardes and his wife, Claudia, came to the United States in 1973. They are the proud parents of 3 children and 3 grand children. After earning degrees from Montclair State College (BA) and Princeton Theological Seminary, (MDIV) Renato was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1985 and joined the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in 1989. That same year, he began serving as assistant pastor of CCP church (Comunidade Crista Presbiteriana) in Newark, New Jersey, and became senior pastor in 1993. He continues to serve there today

Kezia Paschoal

Kezia Paschoal

Children Pastor

Ketty Pereira

Ketty Pereira

Church's Secretary

Guilherme Oliveira

Guilherme Oliveira

Pastor Assistant