The vision and leadership team of Jubilee is unique. The neighborhoods of Philips and Powderhorn are also unique. We are seeking to blend together in partnership the resource of many people and existing ministries to accomplish the end of seeing a vibrant church reaching out with the hope of Christ and bringing about change in this challenging environment.
John, by the mercy of God, is the lead pastor at Jubilee. He is the happy husband of Leslie and they have seven wonderful children. John served on staff at Bethlehem Baptist Church for nearly ten years before helping to plant another church in Brooklyn Center, MN. John grew up in the Phillips neighborhood and is passionate to see disciples of Jesus Christ made from among the nations here in South Minneapolis and around the world.
Dieudonné is a husband to Dominique and father to Jadon A. Tamfu. Dieudonné serves Jubilee as an Associate Pastor, overseeing Missional Life Groups, Global Partners, and Adult Education. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Bethlehem College & Seminary. He is a graduate of the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary (BATS), Bethel Seminary (MATS), Bethlehem College & Seminary (DPS), and he holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a passion for relieving theological famine in the church, especially the church of Cameroon.
Toph and Amy oversee our Jubilee Youth Center, which is a biblically-based, church-operated mentorship program that takes place in an after-school setting. Toph and Amy find their greatest joy serving Jesus together in raising up their two daughters, Adelay and Constance. Toph is also an Assistant Pastor with a Youth & Family focus.
Russ and Phyllis have lived in the neighborhood for 25 years. They are investing their lives by leading Hope Academy, a classical, Christ-centered, K-12 school for inner-city youth.
Steve and his wife Sandy came with the Ericksons from a church plant on the north side of the Twin Cities to start Jubilee. Their family now grown, they enjoy investing in the the shepherding and mentoring of people and the development of a still new church. Steve heads the Finance Team.
Dave and Renee have been blessed with six children. The oldest two have given them four grandchildren. The four younger children were blessings given after the Lord opened Dave and Renee’s eyes to their desperate state and need for the Gospel. They have lived in the neighborhood with those four for 15 years. When Dave’s job with Delta was moved to Atlanta, they chose to stay here in Minneapolis and a part of Jubilee. Many have enjoyed the hospitality of their home. Dave and Renee are so blessed walking through life with the younger folk and families of Jubilee, reminding one another of the Gospel.
Jason teaches High School Bible at Hope Academy, a local Christian school, and also serves as the Worship Coordinator at Jubilee! He and his wife Anna are passionate about seeing young people come to delight in and passionately worship Jesus Christ, especially their two sons, Weston and Drew.
Brian teaches at Hope Academy, a local Christian school. He and his wife, Teresa along with their eight children desire as a family to serve Jesus here at Jubilee and in this city. They are grateful for how Jesus continues to lead them on this beautiful journey and are looking forward to how He will use them for the glory of His Name in Minneapolis.
Mike works at Hope Academy, a local Christian school, where he serves as the Academic Support Counselor for the Upper School as well as a Humane Letters teacher. Mike and Connie and their three children, Naomi, Ruthie and Seth live in North Minneapolis. They have been MLG leaders for a North Minneapolis MLG for over two years. Mike and Connie moved to North because they have a heart to see more and more people reached with the true Gospel in North Minneapolis and would love to be a part of an eventual church plant there.
Lewis Guest, IV
Lewis is a recent graduate of Bethlehem College and Seminary (2015) and has been involved at Jubilee over the years through Say Yes (now known as JYC), the J.U.L Initiative Apprenticeship, and a pastoral residency/assistant pastoral role. He and his wife both feel called to pastoral ministry and count it an absolute joy to serve our young church. They are both also in high anticipation of the arrival of their first born baby girl this fall. Their deep desire is to see Jesus lifted up high in their family, church, and city.
Dan and Laurie came to us after years of missionary service in West Africa. Their varied experience provided a different perspective as we seek to be salt and light in a place of such diversity. After five plus years here as an elder at Jubilee, Dan, along with Laurie and their daughter Lyndi, stepped into a new ministry as sent ones to the peoples of Peru, South America.
In 2012, Jahill Richards entered into a pastoral internship here at Jubilee Community Church and upon completion he joined the church staff. Jahill served at Jubilee as an elder and as Director of The Jubilee Urban Leadership Initiative. In 2015, Jahill and his family (Ka, Asia, Grace and Judah) were sent out by the elders of Jubilee to help plant a new church in Anacostia, Washington, DC. Currently, Jahill serves on staff at Anacostia River Church as the Minister of Missions and Mercy.