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Entrepreneur, advocate, activist, abolitionist, cultural explorer, intellectual eclectic, culture shifter, and leadership practitioner, Rev. Dr. Jonnel Green is an anointed preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He proudly hails from Harlem, NY and decided long ago that he would serve God by following the carpenter.

Dr. Green served as the Youth Pastor at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Hackensack, NJ under the leadership of Rev. Gregory J. Jackson from 2016-2019. He was licensed to preach the gospel in 2014 under the leadership of Pastor Michael A. Walrond, Jr. of First Corinthian Baptist Church of Harlem, NY, where he served as an Associate Minister. Dr. Green obtained a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary and was awarded the 2015 New Testament Bible Scholar Award.


In 2018, he was presented with the Trailblazer Award from the North Jersey District Missionary Baptist Association in outstanding leadership and service in the state of New Jersey. Dr. Green is currently the President of the North Jersey District Missionary Baptist Association’s Congress for Christian Education. In April 2020, he successfully completed the requirements to receive the Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational Leadership at the New York Theological Seminary. In a recent undertaking, Dr. Green launched Shifting the Culture, LLC. In 2024, he taught at the IC3 Issachar Church Growth
& Development Conference, furthering his commitment to sharing knowledge and
empowering pastoral leaders.


On June 19, 2021, Dr. Green was elected the Senior Pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church of Jersey City and he responded with a resounding "yes" to God's clarion call.


He is married to his beautiful and brilliant wife, Reverend Janiqua Green.




Rev. Janiqua Aleece Green is a preacher, teacher, ministry strategist, and practitioner who situates her work at the intersection of practical theology, Christian education, and the Black church.

She was licensed to preach the Gospel at First Corinthian Baptist Church of Harlem, NY in 2009. Janiqua is a graduate of Syracuse University (2003, B.S.) and New York Theological Seminary (2013, M.Div.). In 2018, she was presented with the Rising Leader Award. Janiqua is currently a Ph.D. student at Fordham University's Graduate School of Religion and Religious 

Education (GRE). As GRE’s first teaching assistant, she has taught a range of courses across Practical Theology in addition to co-creating an Anti-Racist Religious Education course.


Beyond student life, Janiqua is committed to the flourishing of Black people, namely Black women, and girls. As an Associate Minister of Bethesda Baptist Church, she leads the (Be)loved Women’s Ministry. Janiqua combined her 18+ years of corporate experience and ministry practice to creatively serve New York City through notable organizations ranging from New York City Mission Society, Children’s Aid Society, Department of Education, Department of Probation, and several notable churches and charter schools. She has spoken on panels, facilitated workshops and preached the gospel, reaching people of all ages, cultures, and faith traditions.


Janiqua proudly serves as Chaplain of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated, Iota Epsilon Omega chapter. She is a native New Yorker, by way of Harlem, who currently resides in New Jersey with her husband Rev. Dr. Jonnel R. Green, Senior Pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church in Jersey City, NJ. At the end of the day, Janiqua is a bold servant who is working to make her ancestors proud and lives her entire life determined to hear two words from God, “Well Done!”

Rev. Janiqua
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