• Antonio Torrence

    Contributing sermons since Nov 11, 2000
Antonio's church

Cross of Life Lutheran Church
Plainfield, New Jersey 07062

About Antonio
  • Education: NEW BRUNSWICK THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY (Master of Divinity Degree - Summa Cum Laude) PACE UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (Postgraduate studies in International Business) SETON HALL UNIVERSITY, SOUTH ORANGE, NEW JERSEY (Bachelor of Science)
  • Experience: Born in Haines City, Florida, this ambassador of Christ gave his life to the Lord in May 1988. Since then, God has allowed him to serve in the offices of deacon, choir director, and trustee at the First Baptist Church in Jersey City under the leadership of Reverend Glenmore Bembry. In July of 1992, he joined the Fountain Baptist Church where he was licensed to preach the gospel on August 7, 1994. Under the pastorate of Reverend Jerry M. Sanders, Reverend Torrence served as an Associate Minister to the Pastor in the areas of youth and music ministry. He has served as Co-Chairperson on the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey Urban Ministry Committee where he helped to empower, collaborate, and transform urban communities. Currently, he is pastoring the congregation of the Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Plainfield, NJ. Since his tenure there he has revitalized the worship and evangelism experience for the African American family. In conjunction with his ecclesiastical experience, Reverend Torrence has worked as a Grant Writer and Budget Analyst for several nonprofit organizations. Currently, he is fulfilling the role of National Director of Administrative Services for Lincoln Educational Services, Incorporated. As a graduate of Seton Hall University, he holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and he has studied at Pace University in the field of International Business. In June of 1997 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from New Brunswick Theological Seminary receiving a Masters of Divinity in Urban Ministry. His other accomplishments include an honorary citation from the Hudson County Executive Office, the Steinman Scholarship in Homiletics, and the NJASFAA Scholarship Award in Religion. God has also allowed him to tour with the Seton Hall Community Chorus to perform for Pope John at the Vatican in Rome and to pilgrimage with Dr. Wyatt T. Walker to the Holy Land and Egypt. Yet, in spite all these endeavors, Reverend Torrence’s work is not done. "Can a Baptist minister lead a Lutheran congregation?" The answer is clearly, "Yes!" God has clearly given him a passion for urban ministry and a vision for the community of Cross of Life Lutheran Church. His motto is, "There are no small churches only churches with small minded people. God had anointed us to do great things."
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: William A. Jones’ sermon on Naaman the leper entitled "The But Conjunction"
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Study, Study, and Study
  • Books that have had an impact: "The Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by P. Freire and "Race Matters" by Cornel West
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  • Hearsay- What You Have Heard Said!

    Contributed on Mar 9, 2017

    This sermon is about learning to love others as ourselves so that we can be the children of God

    “Careful the things you say, Children will listen. Careful the things you do, Children will see And learn, Children may not obey But children will listen. Children will look to you For which way to turn To learn what to be Careful before you say "Listen to me." Children will listen” When Stephen more

  • Do The Numbers Really Matter?

    Contributed on Mar 9, 2017
    based on 4 ratings

    This sermon is about entrusting Christ with what you have regardless of the size, quantity, and condition.

    As diligent as the disciples were, they seem to always find themselves dealing with mathematical impossibilities with Jesus. This group of fishermen, tax collectors, reformed zealots, and farmers did know basic math; but they didn’t quite know Jesus. Mark, the evangelist, reports to us an occasion more

  • American Horror Story: The Church

    Contributed on Nov 9, 2013
    based on 1 rating

    In celebration of pastor recognition month, this message highlights the challenges of pastoring.

    Zechariah 11: 4-17 "Thus said the Lord my God: “Become shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter. 5 Those who buy them slay them and go unpunished; and those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the Lord, I have become rich’; and their own shepherds have no pity on them. 6 For I will no more

  • Lessons I've Learned From Digging In Dirt

    Contributed on Mar 25, 2007
    based on 38 ratings

    The purpose of this message is to encourage ministers of the gospel to continue proclaiming the gospel of Christ.

    “Lessons Learned from Dealing with Dirt” -Reverend A. LaMar Torrence, Pastor of Cross of Life Lutheran Church True disciples of Christ are constantly in a state of learning what it means to be more like Christ. Even as pastors, preachers, and leaders, we are always learning more about the more

  • And You're Gonna Love Me

    Contributed on Feb 10, 2007
    based on 34 ratings

    The struggle for most of our lives seems to be learning how to love. This sermon is about how we can love each other as members of the body of Christ

    And I’m telling You, You’re Gonna Love Me! Reverend A. LaMar Torrence Cross of Life Church, 1240 E. 7th St. Plainfield, NJ I. Tell your neighbor, “I’m telling you. You are going to love me. “The prerequisite for our entrance into heaven is to love each other. It doesn’t matter how many people more

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