Jonathan serves as Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in West Englewood and has taught elementary education and Arts in inner city Chicago for over a decade. As a firm believer in investing in the community he grew up in, Jonathan has a deep desire to impress this virtue on the students and young people in his congregation, classroom and community. 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. Canaan just released their debut gospel album called "Recommend Jesus" to be used as an avenue to share faith as an integral component in community transformation. Lastly, Pastah J has also recorded four hip-hop albums with the group Out-World and is currently working on his solo project titled "Can I Get an Amen".
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
Jonathan Brooks on the church being present and following others in the community.
Love is not a buzz word. Jonathan Brooks' thoughts on the role of the church.
Jonathan Brooks' thoughts on worship.
Jonathan Brooks on what presence and place have to do with salvation.
A five-session series on a life of worship.