B.J. Weber has been honored with the following awards:
Rev. William John (B.J.) Weber has lived and served in New YorkCity 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. Weber is an ordained minister, received a Masters of Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and graduated with a B.S. in psychology at Iowa State University. 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 married daughter.
Sheila Weber is co-founder of the New York Fellowship. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Sheila has worked as a U.S. Senate press aide, a staff writer at"McCall's" magazine, an actress and media spokesperson for the JESUS film project, solo vocalist, and director of public relations for a large international rehabilitation facility. Sheila has an honors degree in Journalism and Economics from American University, and was a President's Scholar for her Masters in Management (public policy focus) from New York University. Sheila is director of many public relations and communications endeavors--The National Preaching Initiative sponsored by The Wilberforce Forum, the Bible Literacy Project, an effort to increase study and literacy of the Bible in American public schools, and THE BETTER HOUR, a documentary film about William Wilberforce, which aired on national public television. Most recently, she attained prestige media coverage for two renowned scholarly reports--" Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing" and "For a New Thrift: Confronting the Debt Culture"--released by the Institute for American Values.
She served six years on the Vestry of Calvary-St. George's Church, a dual parish, located on historic Gramercy and Stuyvesant Parks. She is currently launching a new collaborative effort to celebrate National Marriage Week USA to strengthen marriage and reduce divorce rates. Sheila has been vitally instrumental in supervising and managing The New York Fellowship. She serves an ongoing hospitality ministry of fellowship, outreach events, dinner gatherings, overnight guests, and hosting travelers from around the world, through the New York Fellowship hospitality house in midtown Manhattan.
Cate Middleton Capozzi moved to New York City as a teenager to pursue a modeling career. Instead of finding fame and fortune, she discovered a revived personal relationship with Christ, that had begun in childhood, and ultimately led her into fulltime Christian service in New York City.
Cate attended New York School of the Bible, served as a deaconess in her church, participated in street evangelism and developed a love of God's Word. She served as a volunteer with Business & Professional Outreach International (BPO), led outreaches, taught Bible studies, trained church teams for the outreach home dinner parties that BPO developed. In 1994, Cate joined the fulltime staff of BPO. At the end of 2004, the BPO branch in New York was absorbed back into the ministry that originally helped launch BPO—the New York Fellowship. Cate now serves as fulltime staff with the New York Fellowship and continues to lead Bible studies, outreaches for business persons, and Bible study/support groups for women, as well as serve women in need, and speak at women's retreats and conferences. She also pursues her own academic study at City Seminary.
Cate lives with her husband, Paul, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and they enjoy world travel and cooking together. Cate is an avid reader, cyclist and animal lover.
Robert Case, Chairman
Senior Managing Director/CEO, Ingalls & Snyder
President and CEO, Johnson Associates, Japan
Daniel R. Reese, Treasurer
Executive Vice President, Unishippers Inc.
Deenie Reese, Secretary and Vice President
Retired Partner, Ernst & Young
Partner, Allen and Overy, LLP
William J. Weber, President
Founder and Executive Director, New York Fellowship