Our Pastor



Pastor Joe E. Nock was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was educated in the Philadelphia school system and graduated from Overbrook High School with honors in 1985.

In 1989, Pastor Nock earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia. He received a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training in 1990. Reverend Nock earned his Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 1998. Pastor Nock earned his Doctor of Ministry in Contextual Leadership at Palmer Seminary in May of 2018.

Pastor Nock sits on the advisory boards of the University of Pennsylvania, the Please Touch Museum and is the President of the 16th District Police Chaplains. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Phil-Mont Christian Academy and is the President of the School Advisory Council for Motivation High School.

Pastor Nock has over 20 years of experience in ministry as a preacher, teacher, counselor, conference speaker and mentor. On September 8, 2001, Pastor Nock accepted the call to become the Senior Pastor of Second Antioch Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. An area in which he grew up and now serves as the under shepherd of a Spirit led and Word based ministry.

In 2004, Dr. Nock received a Community Service Award from Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes and was appointed to serve on the Advisory Board for building of the Microsoft High School of the Future which opened in the fall of 2006. Twice a year, Pastor Nock takes High School students on College Tours and recently started an initiative to supply food and toiletries for College Student Pantries in Philadelphia.

He is happily married to the former Michelle Chester and they have been blessed with three daughters, Natalia Michelle, Jenei Lauren and Deyshia Alyse.

Dr. Nock has a passion for preaching and teaching God’s word and enjoys witnessing to others. His life verse is Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”