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B.J. Weber Awards.  Scroll down for Bios and Headshots

B.J. Weber has been honored with the following awards:

  • The Herbert E. Manning, Jr. Distinctive Service Award, 2010, from University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Athletes and Business For Kids Award, for exceptional leadership to rally men to action in an anti-pornography campaign
  • Bread Winners Foundation Award, for B.J.'s efforts to spearhead financial assistance to widows and their children who were unexpectedly and tragically left financially devasted upon the untimely loss of a husband/father.
  • Professional Sports Chaplain: In one year alone, B.J. was the chaplain for Super Bowl XX,  NCAA National Football Championships, the National Baseball League All Star Game.  He served for more than a decade as the chaplain to the NY Yankees during their most World Series winning years.  He also served as chaplain for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the third largest international sporting event in the world.
  • Charles P. Stetson, Jr. Leadership Award from the King's College, NYC. 
  • The Bowery Mission Leadership Award for helping to launch the Avenue D Men's Transitional Center, the first faith-based government funded homeless men's shelter in the nation.
  • Isaiah 40:31 Statue and Citation from West Point cadets and officers at the NCS Annual Retreat 2008
  • Founding advisory board member of the Dove Award, given to films for excellence in family values

Bio: B.J Weber, President and Executive Director

 

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. Weber is an ordained minister, received a Masters of Divinity degree from the University of Dubuque Theological 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 son and daughter, both married, and are besotted with their two young grandchildren.

 

Bio:  Sheila Weber, Executive Vice President

 Sheila Weber is co-founder of the New York Fellowship. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Sheila has had a long career in journalism and public relations, having been a spokesperson on more than 500 radio and TV shows nationwide.  She worked as a U.S. Senate press aide, a staff writer at McCALL's magazine, an actress in 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 Non-Profit Management from New York University. Sheila is director of many communications endeavors--The National Preaching Initiative sponsored by The Wilberforce Forum; the Bible Literacy Project which launched the first textbook for high school academic study of the Bible in public schools (now used in 650 schools in 45 states), and THE BETTER HOUR, a documentary film about William Wilberforce, which aired on national public television.  She has been a spokesperson on more than 500 radio and TV shows, and attained prestige media coverage for many renowned scholarly reports, including "Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing" and "For a New Thrift: Confronting the Debt Culture."  In recent years she started and led National Marriage Week USA (Feb. 7-14), a campaign to promote the benefits of marriage as a means to fight poverty and provide stability for children.

She served six years on the Vestry of Calvary-St. George's Church, a dual parish, located on historic Gramercy and Stuyvesant Parks.  Sheila has always 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.  She and B.J. are the proud parents of a married son and daughter and two young grandchildren.

 

Cate Capozzi, Administrator and Women's Ministries

 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.

 

 

History

The New York Fellowship began with a group of businessmen meeting together for mutual spiritual encouragement. It was incorporated in 1984, adding a fulltime Executive Director, B.J. Weber, in response to executives who wanted to create a more visible Biblical presence in the Wall Street area.

 A core group of friends and volunteers continue to meet regularly and share their expertise and time, which over the years has resulted in countless initiatives throughout the New York City area and beyond, including: spiritual support to professionals; small group studies; chaplaincy to the New York professional sports teams; outreach to foreign diplomats, government leaders and NYC firefighters; grief counseling in the wake of 9-11; speaker series/special events; and internship programs for young college age men and women who desire spiritual mentoring and service to the poor.

 Works of service have included outreach to at-risk inner city youth, a Kids to Camp scholarship program, feeding and housing services for the homeless, a marriage seminar series, a crisis pregnancy service, and the founding of a clinic and orphanage in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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