formerly Bethany Presbyterian Church
A Non-Denominational Evangelical Church
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Dr. Robin Weinstein, Pastor
"T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...and Grace will lead us home."
-M. Brandt, The Grapevine.
The Rev. Dr. Robin "Rob" B. Weinstein, SPHR, is a life-long resident of southern New Jersey. He is the Founding Pastor of Bethany Grace Community Church in Bridgeton and is also an Assistant Professor & Chairman of the Human Resource Management Program for Wilmington University. Dr. Weinstein is also an organizational development and human resources consultant.
Dr. Weinstein is a graduate of Bridgeton High School where he served as Student Body President. He attended Eastern University in Saint Davids, PA and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice, Law, and Society. During his time at Eastern University he held a number of leadership roles, including Student Government President in which he spearheaded a campaign to make the university more environmentally friendly by convincing the students and administration to purchase renewable energy. Dr. Weinstein's scholarship and pragmatic activism earned him a number of accolades including: Cum Laude honors, Who’s Who Among College & University Students, Student Body Award, and the Faculty Achievement Award.
Dr. Weinstein is also a graduate of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Theological Studies in Faith and Public Policy. As the first Wilberforce Public Policy Research Scholar at the Sider Center, Robin acted as a principal researcher to revise widely read social justice publications such as Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger and Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America.
Dr. Weinstein has taught a variety of courses in the disciplines of public administration, public policy, political science, philosophy, biblical and theological studies, and business. He has taught at Eastern University, Cumberland County College, Rowan College of Gloucester County, and Salem Community College. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Human Resource Management Program for Wilmington University.
Dr. Weinstein has served as a graduate intern for the United States Senate and a legislative aide for the New Jersey legislature. As a legislative aide to Assemblyman Douglas Fisher, Dr. Weinstein was the principal architect of the law that allowed for advanced directives for mental health care in NJ.
In 2006, he was hired as the first Human Resources Manager and Public Information for the County of Salem in New Jersey. In 2007, he was appointed Deputy County Administrator & Deputy Clerk of the Board for the County of Salem. In this role he oversaw the Department of Administrative Services, as well as the day to day operations of the County. As the Director of Administrative Services, Dr. Weinstein oversaw the County's tourism initiative that won the prestigious 2013 Telly Award. Dr. Weinstein resigned his appointment in September 2011 to join the faculty of Wilmington University.
In 2014, following a mission trip to Kenya, Dr. Weinstein went to the mission field in his own backyard and spent a weekend among the homeless in Bridgeton. From his experience, he partnered with City officials and local Churches to start the area's first Code Blue Initiative to house the homeless in local Churches during inclement weather.
Dr. Weinstein's community activities include: Member of the Board of Directors for Gateway Community Action Partnership, Member of the Bridgeton Rotary Lunch Club, and Member of the Fundraising Committee for the Lourdes Hospital Foundation Board. He is also an editorial board member for the Journal of Business and Financial Affairs and Journal of Business and Hotel Management. He has served as Chairman for the United Way of Salem County Board of Directors, Chairman of the Eastern University Academy Charter School, a member of the Salem Community College Trustee Search Committee, Salem County Children's Health and Welfare Advisory Council, and the Salem County Tourism Advisory Council.
Dr. Weinstein is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and earned his doctorate of education in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University.