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"grow & change"

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Pastor  Jeremy  D. Battle

Pastor Jeremy D. Battle, D.Min. hails from Brighton (Birmingham), Alabama.  He comes from two generations of pastors and preachers and has served in the church his entire life. He has served at Western Avenue since August 2011.  He is a Southern preacher and student of scripture who loves people and God’s church. Pastor Jeremy’s preaching is characterized by his captivating common-sense approach to God’s word and his gift of story-telling. He is a prophetic pastor who sees and cares for people at their specific point of need. Pastor Jeremy is a multi-gifted instrumentalist and vocalist who loves to worship at the heart of God.  He lives by the personal mantra, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding—(but) in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6.  His proudest accomplishments are being married to Jessica and being a father to their three children Jordan, Jeremy Jr., & Jennifer.  

Pastor Jeremy completed his freshman and sophomore years as a student at Stanford  University, where he received a Chappell Lougee Scholarship.  There he proudly became a charter member of Stanford's chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.  He completed his final years of undergraduate study at the Historic Morehouse College as a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, honors graduate in Political Science.  He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School, where he serves as an instructor, field educator, and denominational counselor to Baptist students. He also received a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Pastor Battle maintains a commitment to inter-denominational church leadership from his diverse denomination background and upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama. He is ordained in the Church of God In Christ, The National Baptist Convention USA, and The American Baptist Church.

Jessica L. Parker-Battle

Jessica L. Parker-Battle, Esq.  is a leading  healthcare attorney, devoted wife, and mother. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where she and Pastor Battle became  college sweethearts. They forged their friendship and eventual marriage working together as leaders in the Stanford University Gospel Choir. They share a passion for the gospel as demonstrated across their ministry work and daily lives. After studying at Stanford Jessica received her Law Degree from the University of Texas School of Law.  Jessica is a proud southerner  from Austin, Texas and is a "PK" from two generations of pastors. She is a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc .  Jessica's favorite scripture is Colossians 3:23 "And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men".

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