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Dr. Jerry Young, Biographical Sketch


Dr. Jerry Young, President,
NBC, USA, Inc.

Fast Facts

  • Married to the former Ms. Helen Akins since 1974
  • Two Daughters: Jerlen Louise Young-Canada, Kelli Hart
  • Three granddaughters and two grandsons 
  • Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church of Jackson, MS since 1981
  • Founder and Headmaster, New Hope Christian School:  Founded in 1982
  • President, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. since 2014
  • Former Vice-President-at-Large, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.:  4 years
  • Former 2nd Vice President, NBC, USA, Inc.:  10 years
  • Former President, General Missionary Baptist State Convention of MS, Inc.:  12 years
  • Board Member, Belhaven University
  • Board Member, Rust College
  • Former Homiletics Instructor, MS Baptist Seminary
  • Former Ministerial Advisory Board, Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Former Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics, Reformed Theological Seminary
Civic Participation
  • Former Board Member, Planning Board for City of Jackson
  • Former Commissioner, Mayor’s Community & Economic Development Commission, Jackson, MS
  • Former Member, Mayor’s Committee on Partnership Against Crime
  • Former Board Member, Catholic Charities
  • Former Board Chairman, New Hope Alcohol & Drug Three Quarter Way House, Jackson, MS
Civic Awards
  •’s Most Influential African American in Mississippi
  • 2000 Mississippi Man of the Year (MLK, Jr. Award)
  • 2004 Mississippi Majesty Award for “Living African American Legends”
  • 2006 Magnolia Bar Association Harriet Tubman Award
  • Phi Beta Sigma Lifetime Achievement Award in Religion
  • Associate Arts Degree – Social Science – Coahoma Junior College, Clarksdale, MS
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Social Welfare – Rust College, Holly Springs, MS
  • Master of Divinity Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS
  • Doctor of Ministry Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree from Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
Missions Leadership
Honduras (2003 – 2014)
  • Purchased Van, 2004 ($9000)
  • Assisted in building Medical and Dental Clinics, 2005 ($120,000)
  • Annual support of Doctor and Dentist salaries ($5000)
  • Annual donation of medicines ($6000)
  • Annual donation of clothes, shoes, and school supplies
  • Built two houses, 2001 and 2014 ($14,000)
Malawi (2007 – 2014)
  • Bored Deep Water Well for PIM, 2009 ($9000)
  • Donated medication to PIM, 2008 – 2010 ($15,000)
  • PIM (Providence Industrial Mission) Support, 2013 ($6000): repaired staff housing and septic tank
  • PIM Support, 2014 ($6000)
Disaster Relief 
  • Haiti Earthquake Relief, 2009 ($20,000)
  • Hurricane Sandy Relief, 2012 ($30,000)
Ministerial Leadership
  • Ordained 13 men who answered the call to ministry 
  • Ordained over 50 deacons 
  • Established the Administrative Staff for New Hope Baptist Church
Greater Missionary Baptist State Convention of MS Inc. Leadership
  • Implemented an ACS Accountable Financial System
  • Liquidated the convention debt and settled all law suits
  • Produced the 1st Comprehensive and Consolidated budget including all Auxiliaries
  • Combined Convention and Congress in 2001
  • Implemented ACS Registration to simplify the registration process
  • Established the Youth Department as an Auxiliary in and of itself
  • Acquired 27 acres of property in Brookhaven, MS to open an all-boys school in 2004- $90,000
  • Acquired Mississippi Baptist Seminary in 2004 - $170,000
  • Renovated and re-opened the Mississippi Baptist Seminary in 2008, $150,000
  • Raised funds for Katrina Relief - $500,000 ($250,000 from NBC, USA, Inc.) 
  • Established a relationship with Tougaloo College to offer a degree in religion for pastors of the GMBSC
Dr. Jerry Young, President, NBC, USA, Inc.
C/o New Hope Baptist Church
5202 Watkins Drive
Jackson, MS 39206-2013
Phone:  (601) 362-6265
Fax:  (601) 362-1854
Executive Assistant:  Mrs. B. J. Wells,
Administrative Assistant:  Mrs. Lin D. Caldwell,
Media & Press Relations:  Dr. Jerlen Young-Canada,

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