On February 23, 2015, the New Jersey General Assembly recognized the Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye A. Wilson of St. Andrew and Holy Communion in South Orange, along with the Rev. Dr. Terry Richardson of the First Baptist Church of South Orange, for their work in their community.
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey (District 27, Essex & Morris Counties) selected Wilson and Richardson for the recognition, which was part of the Assembly's observation of Black History Month.
When informing Wilson and Richardson of the recognition, Jasey's Chief of Staff, Mary M. Theroux, Esq., wrote that they were selected "because of your unwavering commitment to social justice and the way in which you have brought your churches into the community and the community into your churches."
"We are profoundly gratefully to both of you for all that you have done for South Orange/Maplewood and beyond," Theroux wrote.
Wilson and Richardson were each presented with an Assembly Resolution on the floor of the Assembly chambers at the State House in Trenton.
"I give thanks for the opportunity to bear Christ into the world in our missional life together in the diocese," Wilson said, "and for all the people of St. Andrew and Holy Communion who bear Christ into the world every day. May all of us continue to do so."