Jabulani McCalister


The Rev. Jabulani McCalister was born and raised in Michigan. Pastor McCalister has achieved many things over the years. For example, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan (1994). While attending his undergraduate program, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior (1993). Shortly thereafter, he secured a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University (1998).  During this program, he accepted his call to preach the Gospel and was subsequently licensed to preach at Greater Christ Baptist Church (GCBC) under the leadership of Rev. Dr. James C. Perkins (2001).  He served in various ministries at Greater Christ Baptist Church and worked as a School Social Worker for the Highland Park School District (Highland Park, MI).

Serving at GCBC sparked the need to pursue more specialized professional training in ministry. Thus, he secured a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology (2005).  While in Boston, he served as co-Youth Pastor for the First Baptist Church of Randolph, MA with his wife, Rev. Nikita McCalister.   He was ordained in 2005 to the Gospel ministry at GCBC and served as the Assistant Pastor of Ministry Development.  He also, served as an Adjunct Professor teaching the Bible at Oakland Community College (Royal Oak, MI Campus).

Pastor McCalister has also been appointed to various denominational leadership roles within the American Baptist Churches (USA).  He was a member of the planning team for the National Gathering of American Baptist Youth (2008) and the Administrative Ministries Team (ABC-MI).  He currently serves as the Vice President of the Minister’s Council of Rhode Island, Vice President of the Minister’s Council o Road Island, At-Large Member of the National Minister’s Council Board of Governors, member of the Standing Committee on Ordination and Ministry (ABCORI) and he was recently elected to the Board of General Ministries (ABC-USA) (term begins in 2017).

Pastor McCalister began his ministry as Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday, January 16, 2011.

Serving in these ministries, working as a social worker, and preaching and teaching across the country has allowed Pastor McCalister to use his gifts, skills, talents, and abilities all to glorify of God.  Although Pastor McCalister has accomplished many things and has many work experiences, he wishes to fulfill his destiny as a soul winner for Jesus Christ through leading others, by example, to God’s throne of mercy.

Pastor McCalister and his wife, Rev. Nikita G. McCalister are the proud parents of two wonderful children.

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