Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Conner, Sr., is a third generation member of the Church of God in Christ. He received his early religious training at the knee of his mother, Margaret J. Conner, and his preaching father, the Rev. Joseph Conner. He is a graduate of Antioch University of Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, earning the Master of Divinity degree in 1988 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in May, 2013.
He has been involved in the ministry of the church from childhood: Sunday School, YPWW (Young People Willing Workers), Youth Department, Usher Board, Choir, Bible School, Summer Camp Ministries, Singles/Couples Ministries, and the list is almost endless. In 1999, he was asked to facilitate the marriage of the Good Samaritan and New Dimensions Church families and this union is presently the New Beginnings Sanctuary of Praise Church of God in Christ in southwest Philadelphia.
Dr. Conner, affectionately known as The Rabbi, has also been active in the life of the community. He has served as a board member of the Center for Urban Resources, the University of Pennsylvania Hospital Community Clergy Steering Committee, the Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia, and the Southwest Youth and Family Network of Philadelphia. In 2014, he was elected Vice President of the prestigious Hampton University Ministers’ Conference. Retiring after 33 years of employment as a Social Worker for the Philadelphia Prison System, Dr. Conner now serves as a Re-entry Specialist for the Kingdom Care Re-entry Network, a faith-based program working with ex-offenders. He is a member of the Board of the Alumni Association of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; and in February 2013, was selected Chaplain of Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ, The Rabbi has served as the personal secretary of the Bishop, The Right Rev. Benjamin J. Ravenel, Sr. Currently, he is the Chief Adjutant, responsible for the coordination of all of the official services of the jurisdiction. In December, 2011, he was appointed the Superintendent of the West Philadelphia District of the jurisdiction.
Rabbi’s ministry enjoys the support of his wife June, a retired music educator, daughter Jasmin, a User Experience (UX) Producer, and son Joseph, Jr. who does A&R for Capitol Records.