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May 24 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
The Bergen County Chapter of the New Canaan Society (NCS) will meet on Friday, May 24, 2019. Edwin Placeres will lead our Energy Group discussions! Please join us at the Brick House restaurant in Wyckoff (179 Godwin Ave, directions link below) at 6:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast. We’ll have you on your way by approximately 8 a.m.
Dealing drugs and fighting with rival gangs was a way of life for Edwin Placeres while at Eastside High School in Paterson. At 13, he was making thousands of dollars selling drugs. After high school he made his living running the drug trade in the 4th Ward. At age 20, he started using crack cocaine and heroin, committing crime to feed his habit.
Edwin was serving time in Northern State Prison in Newark – regarded as one of the State’s toughest – when the seeds of love were planted in his life as he started going to Prison Fellowship. He said Matthew 6:33 and Philippians 4:13 were important verses in getting him to realize that he needed Jesus Christ. Placeres became a Christian in 1999.
Edwin, who lives in Ringwood with his wife Laurie, attends Calvary Temple International Assembly in Wayne. He is a deacon and helps run the church’s outreach to homeless people in Paterson and North Jersey. He also works with people at Timothy House, a Pennsylvania-based transition living facility for recovering substance addicts. Edwin knows he has a responsibility to use what God has blessed him with to help others: “I have to use what I’ve been given, this second chance, to bless others,” he says. “It’s like that scripture that says: ‘When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.’ (Luke 12:48) That’s what I’m doing now.”
As the founder of Kingdom Builders construction company, Edwin understands the need to continue to grow and remain humble as he ministers to others. “The Lord keeps reminding me that I need to conquer myself every day and, to do that, I need to stay close to Him,” he says. “My identity is not found in what I do, it’s found in the Lord.”