Biographical Sketch of Rev. Paul S. Munford

Pastor's Bio:

Pastor Munford is a native of Trevose, Pennsylvania, which is a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the sixth of eight children born to the late Reverend and Mrs. Andrew Munford.

Pastor Munford has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. In 1975, Pastor Munford was ordained by the Keystone Baptist Association of Philadelphia, PA with the approval of his home church, Second Macedonia Baptist Church pastored by the late Dr. Thomas J. Ritter.

Pastor Munford served almost ten years as Pastor of the Greater Zion Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Pastor Munford served the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention for four years as Vice-President of the Central Region and five years as the State Statistician.

Pastor Munford served as Pastor of Second Baptist Church, Riverside, CA for a year and a half.

Pastor Munford is the founder and builder of New Joy Baptist Church, Riverside, CA. The Church was organized in September of 1989. Within New Joy’s sixth and one-half year, Pastor Munford led the church into construction of our new beautiful church edifice. Over $625,000 cash from the members went into the building project. Dr. E.V. Hill dedicated our new church on June 30, 1996.

On Sunday, September 18, 2016, Pastor Munford led New Joy Baptist Church in burning its church mortgage.

Pastor Munford is currently President of the Riverside Clergy Association.

Pastor Munford is married to First Lady Shirley Munford and has a daughter, Trenna Mill, son-in-law, Sean Mill, grandchildren, Amanda, Jonathan & Hailey Earnest.

Awards and Honors Received by Rev. Munford are numerous and include:

Nomination to Who’s Who among Black America, 1985
Met with President Jimmy Carter at the White House in 1980
Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Award
Proclamation from the Mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania of Rev. Paul S. Munford’s Day in Harrisburg, PA
Riverside Clergy Association Leader’s Award
Riverside City Council Community Service Award
Riverside Mayor Police Review Appreciation Award
Recipient of the Religious Award by the Riverside Opportunity Center
Recipient of Religious Award from Kansas Avenue Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Riverside Historical Society Award
Recipient of The Black Voice Newspaper Community Builder Award
Golden Eagle Religious Award from Riverside Opportunity Center


1. Former Board Member of Mount Rubidoux Manor for two terms
2. Los Angeles Baptist Ministers Conference
3. Western Baptist State Convention
4. American Baptist Convention
5. National Baptist Convention
6. Full Gospel Fellowship
7. Former Coordinator of the Tyisha Miller Steering Committee
8. Policy Review Commission
9. Riverside Homeless Coalition
10. Presently, President of the Riverside Clergy Association

Special Note:

Our Pastor recently received the Golden Eagle Religious Leader Award on September 10, 2009 from the Riverside Opportunity Center