Loving God. Loving People. Loving Place.
Pastah J is a sought after speaker and writer. Along with numerous blogs and articles he has contributed to two books: "Banned Questions for Christians" by Christian Piatt and "Making Neighborhoods Whole" by John Perkins and Wayne Gordon and is set to release his debut book Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods.
Jonathan has a Bachelor of Architecture from Tuskegee University, Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University and Master of Divinity from Northern Seminary in Christian Community Development. He hopes to merge his academic knowledge, practical tools and ministry training in order to turn his convictions into tangible solutions which will help change the Greater Englewood neighborhood for future generations.
Speaking Topics Include:
Christian Community Development Philosophy
Rebranding the Urban Pastor/Church
Reconciliation: Everybody's ministry
Hip-Hop Culture and the Church
Bi-Focal Perspective: Seeing the World as God does...
Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods
BOOKS, BLOGS & ARTICLES
THE FASCINATING PODCAST
What does it mean to be called to a place? In our latest megashow, we’re joined by three authors who have been called to very different neighborhoods. Jonathan “Pastah J” Brooks, author of Church Forsaken, pastors in West Englewood, in Chicago. Jose Humphreys, author of Seeing Jesus in East Harlem, pastors in Harlem in New York City. And Ashley Hales, author of Finding Holy in the Suburbs, serves in the suburbs of Los Angeles. We investigate our own places, and how we are listening for God’s call.
THEOLOGY ON MISSION
“Theology on Mission” is a podcast by David Fitch and Mike Moore, broadcasting from Northern Seminary. Fitch and Moore bring their experiences as pastors and professors to bear on issues of church, mission, and theology.
REVEALING THE TRUTH
The media branch of Igniting A Nation Ministry devoted to reaching the church with the truth of the Bible from a Jewish believer's perspective.
FEATURED BLOGS & INTERVIEWS
THE WORK OF THE PEOPLE
RED LETTER CHRISTIANS INTERVIEW ON MASS INCARCERATION
RED LETTER CHRISTIANS BLOG ON RACIAL RECONCILIATION
CALVIN WORSHIP INSTITUTE INTERVIEWS
CHRISTIANITY TODAY "QUICK TO LISTEN" INTERVIEW ON CHRISTIAN PROTEST AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
CHRISTIANITY TODAY "THE CALLING" INTERVIEW: HOW A TRUSTED PASTOR CAN TRANSFORM A COMMUNITY
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT PASTAH J?
"Pastor Brooks uses his talents and abilities, not only in the pulpit but outside the churches walls, to promote the Kingdom agenda and see lives redeemed among the poor which will in turn redeem whole communities."
- John Perkins, Activist, civil rights hero, founder of CCDA
"I recently preached at an African-American church being led by a dynamic, energetic, pastor on the south side of Chicago named Jonathan Brooks. I have great hope this ministry will do some serious kingdom damage in that neighborhood." - Noel Castellanos, CEO of Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)
PASTAH J SPEAKING AT A YOUTH RETREAT AT TROUT LAKE CAMPS FOR WOODALE CHURCH IN MINNESOTA
CCDA Immersion Training
Inhabit Conference sponsored by the Parish Collective
HEAR PASTAH J SPEAKING AT
BETHEL COLLEGE IN INDIANA
Pastah J with David Bailey (Arrabon/ Making A Melody), John Perkins (Perkins Center/CCDA) and Lisa Sharon Harper (Freedom Road) on Voices Project Reconnect HBCU Tour.
Pastah J speaking at the CCDA Conference in Memphis, TN
Pastah J speaking at Moody Bible Institute
PASTAH J SPEAKING AT VOICES RECONNECT HBCU TOUR