Rev. John Cotten, Jr. was born September 15, 1971 to Deacon John Cotten, Sr. and Sis. Sandra B. Cotten in New Haven, CT. Rev. Cotten attended Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT and is also a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University as well as Christian Leadership Bible
College. Rev. John Cotten, Jr. accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior on September 29, 1985, at St. Matthews U.F.W.B. Church, under the leadership of Bishop Robert J. Gay. In
1993, He joined Shiloh Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. W. Vance Cotten, Sr. Rev. John Cotten, Jr. preached his initial sermon on May 7, 1995. His initial sermon was entitled, "Being Used by God.” Rev. Cotten was ordained in June of 1997; from 1988 to 2003, Pastor Cotten served faithfully at his church, Shiloh Baptist, in the following capacities: a member of Shiloh Community Development Corporation (CDC), Minister of Music, Associate Minister, Youth Pastor, and Assistant Pastor. He also served as the Protestant Chaplain for the Mount Saint John School for Boys.
In 2008, Rev. Cotten was elected as corresponding secretary of the New England Missionary Baptist Convention; he was also elected Vice Moderator of the Levite Association of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention, in 2012. Rev. Cotten also holds the position of Vice President of the Greater New Haven Clergy Association. Rev. John Cotten, Jr. is currently an Executive Dean of Christian Leadership Bible College.
Rev. Cotten serves as Pastor of Gospel Mission Baptist Church, 219 James Street, Bridgeport, CT. On March 27, 2011, Rev. Cotten became the Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, 109 Butler Street, New Haven, Ct. With the Lord’s guidance, Rev. Cotten successfully merged the two churches together, and they continue to fulfill the mission of saving the lost, empowering the saved,
and ushering the empowered to excellence.
Rev. John Cotten, Jr., married the former Danielle C. Tilley on April 4, 1992. They have been blessed with four children, John III, Matthew, Clarissa, and Tianniah, and one
granddaughter, Zoe Anaiya Cotten.