Meet Our Senior PastorJeffrey A. Dennis
A man who loves the Lord, loves his family and loves ministering to the people of God!
Jeffrey Allen Dennis has served as the Senior Pastor and Visionary Leader of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Akron, Ohio since 1988. He and his wife, Angela Lynn Dennis (Lady Angela as she is affectionately called), have three wonderful children: Kyle, Alisha and Ciara. They are all committed wholeheartedly to the work of the ministry. Pastor Dennis teaches that we must all commit to make disciples of Christ by:
• Exalting God
• Evangelizing the world for Christ
• Educating Christians toward spiritual maturity
• Equipping & Empowering Christians for ministry
• Encouraging Christians
• Effectively & Efficiently administering within the ministry
• Doing all of this to the glory of God and with Excellence
Pastor Dennis has received a Bachelors of Theology and a Masters in Arts in Practical Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary, in Ashland, Ohio; and he is currently in the Doctorate of Ministry program. Pastor Dennis has worked for the University of Akron, in Ohio, as a Consultant and Academic Advisor for its pre-college programs, and he is a Certified Associate Staff Trainer with Leadership Dynamics International. This certification enables him to teach Leadership Development, Team Building, Church Family Planning and Marriage Team Building.
Pastor Dennis is the Founder and Executive Director of Project A.G.A.P.E. (Academically Growing and Promoting Excellence), an educational and social program that targets African American males aged 6-17 and their families who live in the inner city area. He is also the Founder of the M.B.H.G. (Minority Behavioral Health Group), a nationally accredited, state certified mental health agency providing culturally specific counseling services to individuals and families.
Pastor Dennis is the President of the Akron Unity Partnership, a collection of churches committed to partnerships in the interest of holistic community development. He is also the founder of the Akron Pastors’ Project, a program that raises the level of awareness and education within the clergy community and the community at large regarding drug abuse, chemical dependency and mental illness. Pastor Dennis is the Founder of Bethlehem House of Bread, an extension of Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. In addition, Pastor Dennis is the Founder and CEO of the record company, POWAMM (Power of Word and Music Ministries).
Pastor Dennis has received various recognitions including: The Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award (the religion category); the State of Ohio Senate, and the Emerging Leadership Award from ASCAA (Akron Summit Community Action Agency), Inc. In 2002 he was initiated into the Council of Elders for the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. In addition, he serves on various non-profit boards in the Akron area.
Pastor Dennis was invited to Washington, D.C. by the Hudson Institute’s Faith in Community Initiative and the Center for Public Justice to speak on his strategic alliances with agencies in Summit County. This presentation was an in-depth seminar and press briefing on the Growing Impact on Government Partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations. He was invited by the U. S. Department of Education as a presenter at the first conference held by the Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives. He received an invitation from the White House to present at the President’s first conference on the Faith Based Initiatives. In 2008, the President’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives recognized Pastor Dennis for taking part in the Initiative’s success.
Pastor Dennis is a man who loves the Lord, loves his family and loves ministering to the people of God!