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Our Pastor

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Senior Pastor, Vernon Park Church of God, Chicago, IL (since 1999). The church has grown to more than 1200 members under his leadership.


Youth Ministry

USA Director, “Compassion International”, Oversaw and managed develop ministry to American youth including, urban cities, the rural south and Native American Reservations including the Navaho, Zuni, and Hopi Reservations in Arizona and New Mexico.; 1992 – 1996.

Program Director, Street Smart, urban youth development,
Denver, CO; 1989 -1991.

Coordinator, mentor and facilitator for Common Ground Denver, education and mentoring programs among youth, schools, and churches. .Denver, CO; 1990 – 1992. Youth Director, Sound of Praise Church, Chicago, IL; 1979 – 1985.

Vice President, Youth Ambassadors for Christ, Ferris State University, Great Rapids, MI; 1976 -1977

Youth Director, Calvary Baptist Church – Chicago, IL; 1978 -79.

Jail counselor to inmates in Cook County Jail, Chicago, IL; 1977 – 1984.


Past Board Associations

Denver Area Youth for Christ
Reclamation Management Services, USA
Colorado for Family Values
Black Transplant Association of Colorado
Denver Street School
Minority Aides Coalition



January, Jerald. “A Messed Up Ride Or a Dressed Up Walk,” an autobiography.
Zondervan/Harper Publishing, 1994.

January, Jerald. “A Second Time”, Examining racial division in American churches.
Cool Springs Publishing, 1996.

January, Jerald. “Life Advance Curriculum” volumes 1 & 2.
Cool Springs Publishing, 2002.


Business Pursuits

President, Jerald January Ministries Inc.; since 1993 to present.

Founder, CEO, Cool Springs Publishing, Inc., Chicago, IL; since 1996.

President, “The January Group” consulting firm, Colorado Springs, CO/Chicago, IL.
Racial diversity, cross-cultural development, marketing, advertising, promotions, and media.; 1996 to present.

Host, producer, writer, “New Visions” television show, KUBD-TV; 1989 – 1991.

Co-host and co-producer of The Sound of Praise gospel show, WXFM –TV, Chicago, IL; 1978 – 1984.

Host, producer, “Songs of Praise Show” WFRS – TV, Great Rapids, MI; 1975-1977.



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Pastor January and his wife Jerra are the parents of 5 adult children and the proud grandparents of 4.