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Pastor Joel grew up in the NYC area and has a heart for urban ministry.
He served in a variety of roles at CCBC before stepping into the role of Pastor at the end of 2013

The Rev. Dr. Joel R. Grassi serves as the Senior Pastor of Commonwealth Community Baptist Church. 

He is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College (‘97, B.S.) and holds the Doctor of Theology degree from Emmanuel Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as an M.Div. and Th.M. degrees.

An experienced teacher, writer, and speaker, Pastor Joel has taught everywhere from boisterous public school classrooms to seminaries and churches in Peru, Ireland, and Japan.  He loves teaching the Bible at Commonwealth.

Pastor Joel has done additional post-graduate work at Alliance Theological Seminary and the Jewish Theological Seminary of New York City.

Baptist Church in the Bronx Pastor Joel Grassi



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We have the teachings of religion with speakers with many years of experience

CCBC Church in the Bronx

CCBC was a vision born in the hearts of two Bronx school teachers, Marty and Valerie Silverberg in 1995. Initially they met in a store front on Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. Later they moved to Southern Boulevard and again to Westchester Avenue.

Recognizing the need for greater structure and assistance, the Silverbergs joined an Independent Baptist missionary agency known as Baptist Mid-Missions in 1996.

The Bronx was a tough area in which to plant a church because many of the residents struggle with poverty, homelessness and life dominating sins such as drug abuse, prostitution, and alcohol. God blessed their effort to reach out to hurting people and gave some wonderful successes along the way.


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Commonwealth Bronx’s doors are open to all.
We invite you to reach out, get involved, and stay connected with us.

Commonwealth Community
Baptist Church

Theology Class – 10:00 AM
Morning Worship Service – 11:00 AM
Thursday Prayer and Bible Study – 7:00 PM

CCBC is located at:
1276 Commonwealth Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472

The church is located just a block and a half west of the St. Lawrence subway station in the Bronx for the #6 train. We are in between Westchester Avenue and 172nd.



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Kariuki grew up Anglican in Kenya, Eastern Africa. He knew about God, but did not quite understand His gracious salvation via our Lord Jesus Christ. It was not until the end of his high school that a friend introduced him to the doctrines of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Kariuki had noticed a jubilant confidence […]



I met with Pastor Joel. He took the Bible and explained the way of salvation more clearly to me. He answered all my questions and helped me to see that Christ had died for my sins on the cross.



Commonwealth Community Baptist Church has welcomed me and my family with loving arms. I was searching and yearning for a church to call home, and I have found that in CCBC.

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Our church is known as the Commonwealth Community Baptist Church of the Bronx. Sometimes people will refer to our church simply as “Commonwealth.”

As everyone in our church knows, this past Christmas season we completed a detailed study of I Timothy 3:16.

“And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”