New York Fellowship Founder
Former Yankee Chaplain
Rev. William John (B.J.) Weber has lived and served in New York City since 1979. Upon first coming to Manhattan, B.J. started a street ministry, where for five years he served in rescue and recovery efforts with addicts, prostitutes, teenage runaways and the homeless, while co-pastoring a mission church in Times Square.
In 1984, B.J. founded the New York Fellowship, an interdenominational ministry, which provides spiritual direction, counseling and pastoral care to leaders in the business and professional communities of the New York City area.
For more than a dozen years, B.J. served as Chaplain for the World Series Champion New York Yankees. He is the co-founder of more than 25 inner-city ministries, including the East Harlem Little League, Youth Impact, Pregnancy Help, Brooklyn Little League, and Kids to Camp Program. He also was co-founder of the Amistad Mission Clinic and Orphanage in Bolivia, and has been the catalyst for launching other endeavors that reflect Christ’s love for those in need.
B.J. has been the volunteer chaplain at his local Engine 16 and Ladder 7 Firehouse, in midtown Manhattan, ever since that firehouse lost 9 men on September 11, 2001. B.J. provided immediate counseling to the families of those who died, as well as long term friendship and counseling to the firefighters who lost their friends and colleagues. He has led its memorial service every year since that time.
B.J. Weber is an ordained minister, attended the Presbyterian Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and graduated with a B.S. in psychology at Iowa State University in 1971. During seminary, he lived for six years as a non-vowed monk, attached to the New Melleray Trappist Monastery in Iowa, where upon a casual visit to buy their homemade bread, he first came to faith in Christ. He worked and lived for those seminary years in relationship with their sister Trappistine convent, Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, whose chaplain, as well as the abbess, provided spiritual direction and mentoring during B.J.'s early years in faith.
Since 1980, B.J. has been married to his wife, Sheila, a journalist and public relations consultant, who has also been vitally instrumental in the founding and managing of the New York Fellowship. They run a hospitality house in midtown Manhattan, which serves visitors from all over the world and hosts ongoing dinners and outreach events. They have a grown son and daughter.
“B.J. Weber was very engaging, humorous, and got his message across in the allotted time we gave him. We would highly recommend him for any fundraiser.”
-Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
"B.J. is simply a very impressive God centered man! His passion for following God’s direction in his life is crystal clear and contagious. He has an incredible story on how he came to know the Lord in his late twenties and when the bible tells us that our heart and mind is transformed when we give our lives over to Him - B.J. is a clear example of the power of conversion. B.J. and his involvement in countless organizations that benefit humanity from the youngest to the old is mind boggling... His working with firefighters and still to this day some firefighter widows from 9/11 is evidence of his commitment to see divine appointments through. Your church or organization will be blessed, convicted, challenged, and enriched as he walks through that day that is all so ingrained in our lives and his life in general that reminds us so beautifully what life as a Christ follower should look like."
-Dean Dickschat, Crosspoint Church