Reverend Brandon A. Jacobs Sr. is the Founder and Pastor of New Zion Temple Church organized December 14, 2006. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. Pastor Jacobs was called into the gospel ministry at the age of 9 and began preaching at age 13. He received his license at the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church, East Chicago, IN under the leadership of Reverend Andre McGhee. In June 2003, he received his ordination at New Jerusalem Temple of the Living God, Marlton, New Jersey under the leadership of Reverend Sharon R. Robinson, where he served as Youth Pastor from 2000-2004. Pastor Jacobs served as Interim Pastor and associate minister of Mount Herman Baptist Church, East Chicago, IN, from 2005-2006.
The New Zion Temple Church has tripled in size within four years, under the leadership and guidance of Pastor Jacobs. On April 4, 2010, New Zion Temple Church successfully purchased a building located at 926 Morris St., Hammond, IN. In addition to his leadership at New Zion Temple Church, Pastor Jacobs provides oversight to the following services throughout the community: Counseling, Youth Advocacy, and Senior Support Group. He utilizes a 21st century approach when providing services to the community while supporting the core principal of healthy mind, body and spirit.
Pastor Jacobs is well known throughout the community as evident through his diligent work with youth, the City of Hammond and the Ministerial Alliance. As a member of the Northwest Indiana Black Expo Youth Division, he was instrumental in awarding $15,000 in scholarships to youth in East Chicago, Hammond, and Gary. Currently, Pastor Jacobs works as a Recidivism Director and Counselor of Tri-City Alternative Action Program(TCAAP). He provides Life Skills Training curriculum to troubled teens, counseling sessions, and implements creative guidelines to prevent the behavior of repeat offenders.
Pastor Jacobs believes his strong relationship with God sustains him and gives him the strength to better serve not only his congregation, but also the community at large.