Get to Know #ThePreachers: Dr. Jamal Bryant

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Philanthropist, author and entrepreneur Dr. Jamal Bryant is regarded as one of the most prolific and eloquent orators of our time. A third-generation minister, he is the pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore. Acclaimed as the fastest-growing African Methodist Episcopal church in the denomination’s history, the congregation has expanded from 42 members since its inception in 2000 to well over 10,000.

Prior to his role as pastor, Dr. Bryant served as the director of the NAACP’s college division. As a young dynamic, motivational speaker, he was responsible for more than 650 college chapters, representing more than 68,000 young people in the United States, Germany and Japan.

Known for his vocal presence and empowering stance on political and socio-economic issues, Dr. Bryant led a peaceful protest and collaboratively demanded justice following the untimely death of 17-year-old Florida native Trayvon Martin.

An avid reader and world traveler, Jamal Bryant is a man on a mission. Blessed with charismatic charm, his messages — peppered with humor — are both inspirational and life-changing. Unconventional in his approach, and meticulously linked through social media networks and technology, Bryant is able to compassionately connect with audiences young and old, and from every walk of life. One of the most sought-after motivational speakers and thought leaders in the country, he leaves no stone unturned.

Over the years, Dr. Bryant’s ministry has also become an international effort; he has ministered in Africa, France, England, India and Australia. Dr. Bryant’s contributions have been highlighted in numerous publications, including Ebony, Hope Today, Gospel Today, Emerge, Sister to Sister, USA Today and The Source. He has also appeared on BET’s Meet the Faith, CNN, CSPAN and Politically Incorrect, and served as a panelist for national town hall meetings such as State of the Black Union, hosted by Tavis Smiley. He has been named “one of the nation’s most intriguing Christian figures” by Gospel Today and “one of America’s future leaders” by Ebony.