Bachelor of Arts in Theology
Bachelor of Science in Church Leadership
Master of Art in Theology
Master of Arts in Theology
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Marissa Williams, is a seasoned higher education professional with 15 years of experience in student development as it relates to college & career readiness complementing her Masters in Higher Education from Angelo State University. Her experience as an academic advisor, on-campus housing official, educational and social programmer enhance her abilities to build authentic relationships with various student populations and staff to discover their voice and purpose.
A distinguished educator, life strategist, mentor, author, and speaker, Dr. Felisha Ford is a native of Montgomery, AL. She currently resides in Grapevine, Texas with her husband, Bishop Demetrius Ford and their two sons.
She holds postsecondary degrees in counseling and psychology from Alabama A&M University (Bachelor of Arts), Troy University (Master of Arts), and Capella University (Doctor of Philosophy).
Dr. Ford’s professional career includes nearly 20 years of experience as a higher education administrator. She is currently serving as Dean/Interim President at Jakes Divinity School. She is well-versed in guiding students along the path of academic achievement and personal and career development. She has also effectively led teams in the development, execution, and assessment of strategic plans and student success initiatives to increase persistence, retention, and completion rates. Her work ethic embodies professionalism, excellence, quality, productivity, and accountability.
Even though Dr. Ford esteems educational and professional opportunities as blessings from God, she realizes that there is a much higher calling and opportunity that God presents to us in life and that is to serve Him and others and to be obedient to His divine calling. In the execution of her obedience to God and through the leading and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, Dr. Ford has been fulfilling her divine call in ministry in various capacities including becoming licensed as a minister (1999) and ordained as an elder (2001); co-founding and co-pastoring a church for 12 years alongside her husband; and empowering women and serving her community through her Women of Excellence ministry for over a decade which has included empowerment and mentoring sessions, annual conferences, outreach efforts, and scholarships.
Dr. Ford has enjoyed sharing the life-changing message of Jesus Christ at numerous services, conferences, and events in her local community and across the nation. She has also had the privilege of sharing on Trinity Broadcasting Network (Montgomery) on two memorable occasions. She is currently serving in ministry at The Potter’s House North Dallas under the leadership of Bishop Joby and Pastor Sheryl Brady.
In 2018, Dr. Ford published her first book entitled Pearls for Everyday Life which is a 60-day inspirational devotional. Her daily goal is to live as a yielded vessel ready for the Master to use (II Tim. 2:21).
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BS, Liberal Studies, Texas A&M University-Commerce
3 years of experience in education
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MEd, in Curriculum and Instruction: Science, University of Texas
6 years of experience in higher education
PhD, Open University, UK – St. John’s College, Nottingham, 2002
MA, Church of God School of Theology
BS, Winthrop University
Holy Spirit and Cultural Diversity (DMin Program, Portland Seminary)
Job ID: JDS Enrollment Services Coordinator
Date Listed: January 29, 2020
Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator
Jakes Divinity School is seeking an Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator to work with partner institutions to enroll students at JDS and to assist in student services. This position is responsible for coordinating student compliance within the admissions process with respect to pre-qualifying requirements as determined by JDS and partnering institutions. This position will inform and advise potential students over the phone and via email regarding the program designs and enrollment process for select educational programs.
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Date Listed: February 8, 2022
Serves as the lead for Enrollment and Student Services to include assisting in overseeing the duties and tasks of the Enrollment and Student Services Coordinators. The Director of Enrollment Management and Student Services will be responsible for developing, delivering and strengthening enrollment and student services practices and opportunities that facilitate student success throughout the pathway from enrollment, persistence, and graduation. The Director of Enrollment Management and Student Services will report to the Assistant Dean.
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Date Listed: February 8, 2022
Dr. Tanesha D. House is a Community, Economic & Leadership Development Practitioner. She is the Senior Principal Consultant and Owner of InsightFuelEd, LLC, a educational consulting practice that trains and coaches individuals and organizations in the areas of Organizational Change, Leadership Development and Diversity Equity & Inclusion.
As an award-wining educator and global leader, she has pioneered a Women’s Institute for Global Leadership and created a masters degree in leadership for women for a liberal arts university in Illinois. In 2019, Dr. House was elected to represent the UNAUSA on the United Nations Women 63rd Commission on the Status of Women. In 2021, Dr. House received an Exceptional Leader Award for the work she has done in Chicago’s marginalized communities. Dr. House embarked upon a joint mission to minister to the people of Haiti and an independent mission project to serve the people of Kenya in Njoro, Nakuru, Limuru, Narok and Rrotian Village. Also, she was one of 15 elite female leaders from across the United States, chosen to participate in Leadership America’s international leadership program in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, where she met with various leaders of the middle east, including the Chief Economist.
Additionally, she was selected by the Former Israeli Consul General to the Midwest as one of 13 U.S. Academic Delegation of Scholars to travel Israel to meet with diplomats and academic leaders., as well as guest speaker for Israel’s 67th Anniversary Nation State event. Tanesha has also taught ethical leadership and globalization in Beijing and Xian, China. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She furthered her education by obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in human resources from Keller Graduate School of Management and achieved her Doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University. Dr. House is also a graduate of Living Word School of Ministry, where she served in Pastoral Care and Adult Education Ministry. Currently, she is an e-member of The Potter’s House and pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Spirit-filled Global Leadership in the African Diaspora at Jakes Divinity School powered by Portland Seminary at George Fox University. Dr. House is also a published author, Awaken from Death: Divine Interruptions and Assignments.
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10 years of experience in Higher Education & Adult Learning
Stu Cocanougher serves at the Share Strategy Pastor at Southcliff Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Stu has been at Southcliff for more than 20 years where he leads Southcliff’s outreach, evangelism, and missions ministries. Stu oversees numerous ministries to internationals and has led Southcliff to become a multicultural church with members from a wide variety of ethnicities and backgrounds. Stu has led mission trips to numerous locations including Zambia, Serbia, Spain, China, and Laos. Before coming to Southcliff, Stu served at churches in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and the Philippines.
Stu is a graduate of the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Global Perspectives program at George Fox University. His dissertation focused on helping local churches reach out to immigrants (tinyurl.com/rethinkmissions). Stu’s book, “Reaching the World Across the Street,” is under contract by Urban Loft Publishing. His wife, Jana, is an elementary school librarian and they have two adult children.
Dr. Jamie Johnson is the associate dean for worship programs and an adjunct professor in the College of Christian Studies. He has studied church history (MA) and Christian education (PhD) and hungers to learn more about what it means for individuals and communities to follow Jesus in every aspect of life. He is married to Erin, a social work professor at George Fox University, and together they have three children. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys leading worship, running, reading and coaching his children’s soccer and baseball teams.
Rev. Dr. Jamale Kempt is an ordained gospel preacher as well as a multi-licensed educator in the state of Texas. She is a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She holds the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Texas Southern University), the Master of Education in Administration (Texas Southern University), the Master of Divinity (Houston Graduate School of Theology) and the Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics (Portland Seminary) under the lead professor Len Sweet. Her experience in church ministry includes Senior Pastor, Youth and Children’s Pastor, Praise and Worship Leader, Ministry Organizer, and Teacher Trainer. She has completed the Proclaimers Place Seminar at Baylor University. As an educator Dr. Kempt has experience as a Classroom Teacher, Campus Administrator, Instructional Coach, Teacher Development Specialist, and Curriculum Writer.
Serving as the Founder and Lead Consultant for Platforma Ministries, Dr. Kempt serves with a heart for God and a desire to help others lead in ministry. With academic excellence and professionalism, she uses her gifts of preaching and teaching to encourage, uplift and instruct ministers and ministry teams desiring to give God their very best.
Dr. Kempt currently serves in ministry — as an associate minister at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, WABC Bible Study Facilitator (Sugar Land), a faculty member of the Opened Bible Academy, a Steering Committee member for the African American Preaching Conference with Baylor University’s Truett Seminary, a member of the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Texas, a member of the Texas Baptist Women in Ministry, a charter member of the Global Church Network and a convener of The Women on the Front Line Conference.
She currently serves her community as a chaplain in the Memorial Hermann Hospital System in the Houston area.
Rev. Dr. Kempt is the pastor of Calvary Christian Church an online fellowship in the Southeast Region in the 8th District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME).
Rev. Dr. Kempt a proclaimer of the gospel in word and song. She has recorded a solo album entitled “All I Want to Do”, that expresses her desire to praise God in any and every situation. She has a published book of sermons entitled “Learning How to Lean”, an in site on how Dr. Kempt trust and depends on God to guide her through life’s daily changes.
My name is Al J. McGilvery and I am a current student at Jakes Divinity School (JDS), where I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology. My interest in pursuing this opportunity is because I believe that in order to be of better help to someone, you must first help yourself. As far as my career goes I am a musician and minister who is seeking to better serve my surroundings concerning the knowledge I am obtaining. What inspired me to do this all is really hard to explain in a good way, but I will say I know the Lord has led me here to this table because I had other plans. Having said that, when I graduate I do plan to continue to spread the Gospel and encourage people to get spiritually literate here at JDS.
My name is Jeffery White, I am 34 years old and I live in Ponder, Texas with my wife of 10 years, Jamie and our 4 dogs. I currently attend school full time pursuing my bachelor’s degree in church leadership. I work in sales full time and work full time as the Director of Social Media at Friendship Church of Denton Texas. I enrolled in JDS in April of 2020 after watching Bishop Jakes sermon “Chain Breaker”. I am excited to be an ambassador for JDS to be able to talk to other people that may be interested in pursuing ministry and the opportunities JDS has to offer. This school has completely changed my life and I want to help others pursue their calling as well. I am looking forward to the leadership training and opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Sheila Shaw is attending Vanguard University through the partnership with Jakes Divinity School. She will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Strategic Leadership and a Minor in Business Management and Strategic Leadership. Planning her Graduation with the class of 2022.
Sheila has served as a JDS Ambassador for the Undergraduate program from 2020-2022. She is organized, strives for excellence, and is a rare leader handling home, church, and family.
Professionally Sheila is an Author, Bible Study Fellowship Leader, New Members Connections Leader, Team Writer of Small Group Lessons, Marriage Retreat Team Coordinator, Team lead of Community Connections Trainer of New Visitors, and Financial payable for church business office.
Sheila was inspired by Bishop T.D Jakes Vision for the future leaders of the church. Sheila is a person with focus, drive, and grit when it comes to accomplishing her higher learning goals and is determined to complete her task with vigor and desire to achieve the highest level of academia.
Elaine is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Theology program. She is the founder and executive director of Transforming Love Ministries and She Steps Forward. Both organizations are working to empower and equip the next generation of faith-based female leaders here in the U.S. and Africa. Through her ministry, Elaine offers one-on-one leadership coaching, business coaching, and strategic planning to faith-based, female entrepreneurs. She annually hosts the She Steps Forward Women’s Conference in both the United States and Kenya.
In 2022, her nonprofit will be doing local outreach by supporting U.S. based, female-led organizations that assist young girls or women to move forward in life. Internationally, her organizations will be supporting an orphanage, a girls’ rescue home, a community health initiative targeting teenage girls, as well as a local disability center in Nairobi, Kenya.
After completing her Masters, she plans to enroll in the DMIN in Spirit-filled Global Leadership in the African Diaspora program. Both degrees will enable her to set a firm foundation for the future work of her ministry/non-profit. Elaine enrolled at JDS because of the school’s emphasis on excellence, leadership, and worldwide vision in ministry.
Husband of 13.5 years to wife Michelle, 4 kids (Chloe, Caleb, Colton and Caeley)
Founder and lead pastor of One Seed Church based out of St. Louis, Missouri
Graduate of Belmont University, Nashville, TN – Bachelors in Business Administration (2001)
Founder and president of Kreative Solutions Group, software consulting firm (founded 2007)
Founder and president of Kreative Properties, residential real estate company (founded 2012)
Currently enrolled in JDS Master of Theology
Jeff grew up pursuing a music career in R&B music, moved to Nashville TN and ventured into the Christian recording industry which led him back to the church in which he would later convert his musical passions over to the worship ministry of One Seed Church which is called One Seed Worship.
Over many years fighting the calling to plant a church, Jeff led worship in many churches and finally took action on His calling for ministry further by launching One Seed Church in January of 2018.
Jeff’s dream is to do ministry full time through the efforts of One Seed Church, moving the gospel forward into his children’s generation.
Job ID: Admin Suprt & Enrlm Coord
Date Listed: August 17, 2021
Administrative Support and Enrollment Coordinator
Jakes Divinity School
Jakes Divinity School is seeking an Administrative Support and Enrollment Coordinator work with the dean’s office to provide administrative support for Jakes Divinity School and to work with partner institutions to enroll students at JDS. This will include internal relations among the TPH departments, writing letters to students to send via Sharp Spring (CRM) and other student communication efforts, and working closely with the assistant dean. The ASEC will also inform and advise potential students over the phone and via email regarding the program designs and enrollment process for select educational programs.
Jessie Saintcyr is the Principal and Owner of Saintcyr Consulting, a management consulting company specializing in Leadership Development, Human Resource Solutions, and Diversity and Inclusion Strategies. She is an employment attorney and former HR executive with nearly 20 years of organizational and board-level leadership experience. Before Saintcyr Consulting, Jessie served as the Chief Administrative Officer/Assistant Secretary of Human Resources for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation under Governor Charles Baker from 2015 – 2018. Prior to her tenure at the Department of Transportation, she served as Assistant Treasurer and was appointed Deputy Treasurer under Massachusetts State Treasurer, Steven Grosman from 2011 – 2015. Jessie is a student in the Master of Strategic Leadership program at Jakes Divinity School in partnership with North Central University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law and is a Massachusetts Bar member. She is a graduate and Board Trustee of Gordon College. Jessie previously served as Board Director for Freedom House and YMCA Training, Inc and was the lead Deacon for Jubilee Christian Church in Boston. Jessie relocated to Irving Texas in 2019. She is a member of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Thomas S. Cooper was called to be a minister of the gospel in 1993. Over the past 25 years he has committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and the work of the ministry. Within that time, Dr. Cooper has worked endlessly to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through various avenues of ministry. Dr. Cooper has been commissioned to take God’s word into the land so that His people can be healed and know that there is victory in Jesus. He aims to impart into the heart of men and women that no matter what the problem, you can be delivered from it
In his quest to pursue education and biblical training, he has earned one secular degree and three accredited theological degrees. He was a student, then faculty member at the Hugee Theological Institute in New York City serving as an undergraduate instructor in Biblical Studies. He has since received his Doctorate in Theology from the Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Georgia in August 2014. He is now the president of the Inspired Word Bible College – School of Ministry & Leadership located in the Bronx NY.
Adding to this list of achievements, Dr. Cooper is a published author. In May 2017 he re-released the deluxe addition of his first book entitled “The Process for the Product – Enduring the Season of Spiritual Maturity” where he shares insight through his personal experiences as well as the process of spiritual maturity.
Dr. Cooper is married to the beautiful Lynnette Cooper, the father of two wonderful daughters Lynna’Sha Victoria and Tyla Syrae’ and resides in Orange county New York. Presently, he serves as Senior Pastor of Kingdom Life Temple in the Bronx, New York. He attributes his achievements to the Lord whom he affirms is his strength and faithfully declares, “Without God, I would be nothing”.
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BS, Athletic Training, North Carolina Central University, 2012
8 years in Education and Learning Management Systems
Adrienne is a 2021 graduate of North Central University in the Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership program in partnership with Jakes Divinity School. She maintained a 4.0 GPA in her master’s program in Strategic Leadership, served as JDS Ambassador, and was named the 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student while managing all of her other tasks. Adrienne is one of those rare people who can handle numerous demanding obligations while performing each task with excellence and proficiency.
Professionally, for the past 17 years, she has worked from a business analyst to leadership and senior management positions including Assistant Vice-President – Operations Project Manager and Vice President – Senior Operations Manager at Bank of America. With each position, she has been a stellar leader which resulted in promotions nearly every 3-4 years and notable awards and recognitions within the company. These achievements affirm her intellectual prowess and business acumen. Most recently, Adrienne started a new position within the Global Human Resources department at Bank of America.
Adrienne is a planner, and she has set goals for herself that she is determined to accomplish. Her tenacity and diligence are commendable, and her desire to be a lifelong learner caused her to progress to the next level of academic accomplishment – pursuing a doctoral degree. Adrienne recently was accepted into Southeastern University to begin a Ph.D. program in Organizational Leadership this fall.
We are so proud of Adrienne and all of our JDS Alumni! Keep shining and being innovative leaders!
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Cell Phone: 469-520-6956
BS, Sport Management with a Concentration in Business Administration, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2011
MBA, Masters of Business Administration, University of Dallas, 2016
10 plus years of experience in Administration, with 4 of those years being in higher education.
Desk Phone: 214-331-0954 Ext 1048
Cell phone: 469-315-1198
MA, in Professional Development; Management, Dallas Baptist University
BAS, Communications, Dallas Baptist University
AA, Liberal Studies, Tarrant County College
Course(s) of Focus: TBD
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DMin, Regent University
MDiv, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University
BA, Hampton University
MS, Health, Texas A&M University
BS, Health and Sports Studies, Texas A&M University
MA, Theological Studies, Vision International University
MBA, Operations Management, University of Dallas
BBA, Marketing and Management, University of Texas at Arlington
PhD, Church History, Regent University
MDiv, Historical Theology, Church of God Theological Seminary
BA, Christian Ministries, West Coast Christian College
PhD, Religion, Baylor University
ThM, Candler School of Theology at Emory University
MDiv, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
MA, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
BD, St. Paul’s University
Profiles of African Ethical Leadership
Ph.D. Organizational Leadership, Regent University
D.Min. Doctor of Ministry, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
Post Master Education Specialist, University of Memphis
Master of Human Relations, University of Oklahoma
M.Div. Master of Divinity, School of Divinity, Virginia Union University
B.A. Communication, Drama & Speech, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
History & Theory of Organizational Leadership Organizational Behavior & Ethics
PhD, Theological Studies, Regent University
MDiv, North Park Theological Seminary
BS, Organizational Management, Illinois State University
Theology, Praxis and the Spirit
PhD, Organizational Leadership, Regent University
MA, Education, Regent University
BA, Psychology, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
*Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies in Leadership, Regent University
Research in Leadership
D.Min. Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Renewal, Regent University
M.A. Human Relations & Business, Amberton University
M.S. Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce
B.S. Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce
DMin, Applied Semiotics and Future Leadership Studies, Portland Seminary at George Fox University
MA, Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School
BA, Wagner College
PhD, South Florida Theological Seminary
DMin, Oral Roberts University
MA, Knox Theological Seminary
BS, MS, EDS, Nova Southeastern University
MA, in Professional Development; Management, Dallas Baptist University
BAS, in Communication, Dallas Baptist University
5 years experience in Higher Education & Adult Learning
More than 18 years experience in Office and Program Management and Executive Administrative Assistance
Cell phone: 469-504-2557
MA, Human Service Counseling: Student Affairs, Regent University
BS, Psychology, Regent University
10 years of experience in higher education
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Cell Phone: 214-288-8732
BS, Sociology, University of North Texas, 2015
ASD, Christ for the Nations, 2016
AS, Collin Community College, 2013
More than 5 years of Administrative Assistant experience with an emphasis in human resources, recruiting and training and development.
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Desk Phone: 214-331-0954 Ext 1129
Cell Phone: 214-605-9874
More than 10 years of executive administration experience
EdD, Education, Dallas Baptist University
MDiv, McCormick Theological Seminary
BA, English, University of Illinois
PhD, Rutgers University
DMin, United Theological Seminary
BS, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Meet Dr. Cynthia James
DMin, Doctor of Ministry, Portland Seminary, George Fox University
MBA, Management, Dallas Baptist University
MAT, Master of Theological Studies, Vision International University, Ramona, California
Course(s) of Focus:
Introduction to Research and Resources
Research Topic/Literature Review
Meet Dr. Valerie Crumpton
PhD, Practical Theology, St. Thomas University, 2020
DMin, Practical Theology (Church & Society), Boston University, 2008
STM, Biblical Studies and Missions, Yale Divinity School, 2002
MDiv, Biblical Studies, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, 2001
BA, Creative Music Technology and Religion, LaGrange College, 1998
Course(s) of Focus:
African American Spirituality and Black Preaching (MAT program, Vanguard)
Holy Spirit and Cultural Diversity (DMin program, Portland Seminary)
Meet Antipas L. Harris