Rev. Dr. Robert F. Hargrove, Sr. surrendered to God's calling in 1974.
He became licensed in the ministry and was ordained on February 20, 1977 by his Pastor, Rev. Alden Gaines. He served as an associate minister from 1977 to 1979. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Dr. Hargrove was trained and nurtured . For two years, he was the Pastor of Sweet Jerusalem Baptist Church in Atlantic City, NJ. Soon after, he started the Spiritual Guidance Program for the West Jersey Hospital Drug Abuse Program in 1980 and served as the hospital Chaplain for two years. Under the unction of the Holy Spirit and with the support of his wife, Paula, Dr. Hargrove became the Pastor and Founder of the Christ Care Unit Missionary Baptist Church in Sicklerville, NJ on June 14, 1981. By the "Power of God" his ministry is effective through salvation, spiritual growth, Christian fellowship, deliverance, healing and a closer walk with God. Most importantly, Dr. Hargrove is a "Born Again Believer," Holy Spirit filled and a committed man to the work of Jesus Christ our Lord. He is a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Dr. Hargrove has a Masters Degree in Theology and Public Policy from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Covington Theological Seminary and a Ph.D from North Carolina College of Theology. Dr. Hargrove is the author of three books; "The Mystery of the Trinity," "The Call and Ministry" and "Sermon Notes of Rev. Dr. Robert F. Hargrove, Sr." He gives all glory and praise to God for the great things He has done.
On November 8, 2014 at 11am we celebrated the glorious consecration and elevation service of our Pastor to the Office of Bishop. Bishop Hargrove is the Presiding Prelate of the Christ Care Covenant Fellowship established 2014 A.D.
Founded On June 14, 1981 by our Pastor, Bishop Robert F. Hargrove, Sr. and with the support of his wife, Paula, the church began with eleven members. The congregation began to grow and as numbers increased, the body moved from his home at 19 Prichard Lane in Sicklerville, to Winslow School #3 and then to a church building on Church rd, owned by Sicklerville Methodist. Needing a place of our own we were able to purchase 4.9 acres of land on Sicklerville and Grimes rd in 1985. On August 11, 1986, a bond program was instituted by the officers and members. Over the next 14 months, $230,000.00 in bonds were sold. With the vision God gave to build, Dr. Hargrove and our congregation were able to march into our new church edifice on February 14, 1988. The Lord was blessing and we outgrew the building capacity in 1993. It became necessary to expand and provide an 8am service in addition to the 11am service. A building committee was formed and in March of 1997 the addition was complete with eight administrative offices, six classsrooms, and seating capacity in the sanctuary for over one thousand. It wasn't long before a 96 Unit Senior Housing was built to meet the needs of the senior citizens in the community. The Christ Care Unit Day Care opened in September 2003 and continues to grow as parents in the community have needs for their children to be taken care of as they go to work. The house next door to the church was purchased in 2004 and is now being used as a food and clothing pantry further ministering to the people in the community. A few years ago the Catholic church next to our food bank was merging with another in Williamstown and on February 25, 2010 CCU was able to purchase that building along with close to seven acres of land. Presently our Day Care is housed there as renovations were made in the summer of 2011 where we were able to turn it into a school with classrooms, cafeteria/gym, kitchen administrative offices, bathrooms and nurse's station. . During 2014 through 2015, construction was completed on 94 Townhomes for low to moderate income families on 32.9 acres of land valued at $2.9 million that was donated to the church by Heritage Builders in 2005. On November 8, 2014, Dr. Hargrove was consecrated to the office of Bishop and the Christ Care Covenant Fellowship of churches started where Bishop Hargrove is the Presiding Prelate. As the Lord continues to bless and lead our Pastor’s vision for the Christ Care Unit Missionary Baptist Church and Cathedral, additional townhouses and senior complex are being constructed during this 2019/20 year. As the Lord has blessed our church abundantly, we continue to grow spiritually in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.