Pastor Tyrone Glenn Jefferson Jr., was born, in New Orleans, Louisiana and is the proud son of Bro. Tyrone G. Jefferson Sr. and Sis. Brenda King Smith. He was educated in the Orleans Parish Public School System and graduated with honors from John F. Kennedy Senior High School. He attributes his love for and success in the ministry to his two loving grandmothers, the late Missionary Mildred Jefferson and the late Yvonne King who reared him in the fear God. Pastor Jefferson furthered his education in Theology at the Inter Baptist Theological Seminary of Houston, Texas where he received a Masters Degree in Theology. Reared in the Baptist Church all of his life; he was a member of Greater Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. J. B. Barnes, who was also his mentor.
There at Greater Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, he served as a junior usher, member of the youth choir, drummer for the church, and later became the youth choir director there, and many other local churches. Pastor Jefferson was called to preach on January 15, 1988, at the age of fifteen and was licensed on Sunday, March 1989. The Lord’s hands were upon him and lead him to the Genesis Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana under the leadership of his uncle, Rev. Fredrick Anderson, where he served as the first assistant to the pastor.
Heeding the call of the Lord, ,Pastor Jefferson gave birth to the Abundant Life Baptist Church in September 1996 as he walked by faith and not by sight. On Friday May 17, 1996 Pastor Jefferson and the Abundant Life Baptist Church was installed by the Louisiana Southern Berith District of The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. One of the youngest ministers in the state of Louisiana to organize a ministry, he was featured in many local newspapers for being so young and doing great work in the city of New Orleans. Pastor Jefferson is a man of vision and believes what God has for you, is for you. He is the Senior Pastor of the Abundant Life Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church/ CEO of Abundant Life Ministries, where he has established numerous ministries and programs within the church such ;as youth programs, senior citizen’s activity center, computer lab, feeding and clothing the community, and affordable housing just to name a few. He is about meeting the needs of all people.
Pastor Jefferson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Tyrone G. Jefferson, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a program he implemented to assist in sending young people to college. He is the founder and president of M.O.V.E. (Ministers of Voter Education), a political organization of young ministers focused in educating all people concerning the right to vote. He serves as a mentor for the Juvenile Court System in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the executive secretary of the Louisiana Southern Berith District of the Full Gospel Baptist Church International, where his spiritual father, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., serves as Presiding Bishop, Executive Producer of “ Keys to the Kingdom Coming Together” television program, Versatile Entertainment’s Board of Directors Chairman, an ardent members of Rainbow Push 1000 churches, under the leadership of Rev. Jesse Jackson, and also a member of St. Roch Interfaith Community Board, Board Member of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) WRAP Interfaith Board, and Executive Secretary for Tehillah Music Group.
Pastor Jefferson serves as spiritual advisor for many of New Orleans elected official. He served on the minister’s transition team for the Honorable Marlin Gusman, Criminal Sheriff of Orleans Parish, on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday planning committee, served as District and State Youth Director for Full Gospel Baptist Church International, and served as President of the Youth department of the Louisiana Freedom Missionary Baptist General Association, as well as the National Baptist Convention State Youth President.
As a young man, Pastor Jefferson has accomplished much. He has received numerous awards, special recognition, and accolades for his great work from many organizations locally and nationally. In October 2000, former President Bill Clinton awarded him with a “Special Recognition” award for exemplifying leadership and being a role model for young people across the country.
Pastor Jefferson has traveled the country teaching and preaching the word of God fervently and is sought by many because of his powerful anointing. He is recognized and respected all over the world as world renowned gospel singer and preacher. He has been featured on BET for the Bobby Jones Gospel New Artist segment and the Word Network Channel. He has shared the stage with such great gospel performers such as, Dr. Bobby Jones, Myron Butler, Tye Tribett, Jonathan Nelson, Kim Burrell, Melvin Williams, Stephen Hurd, Deitrick Haddon, Kathy Taylor Brown, V. Michael McKay and many more. Most recently he opened the Gospel Tent at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans LA.
Pastor Jefferson’s mantra is, “If anyone should ever write my life story, for whatever reason there might be, just tell them Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me!”
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