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Dr. Jeff Edwards, Th.B., Th.M., D.D., Ph.D. 
(Biographical Sketch)

Jeff Edwards has 43 years of continuous ministry, which includes over 42 years as an itinerant minister, and 40 years as a pastor. The focus of the ministry given by the Lord to Jeff Edwards is in the laying down and pioneering of present truth, as it relates to the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, the person of the Holy Spirit, the Church and God’s purposes for our times. The ministry is multifaceted, involving reaching the youth of this generation, ministering to other ministers, and breaking down racial, denominational, and traditional walls that have divided and hindered the advancement of the church. This unique commission is especially directed towards seeing inner-cities and urban areas in the United States as well as other nations where people are oppressed or disenfranchised, revitalized by the power of God, and establishing strong men and restoring families. This commission has broadened to an international level in relation to the restoration of the black family and dealing with racism in the Church.

To accomplish these goals, the Lord uses Jeff Edwards as a catalyst for bringing revival to many cities in the U.S. and abroad. He is known for his bold, truthful and at times humorous presentation of the gospel, ministering under an apostolic anointing, with a prophetic thrust.

Jeff Edwards answered his call to preach as a result of a divine visitation by the Lord Jesus Christ, much like that of the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus. To develop in the commission given to him, Jeff Edwards was sent to a local church for a season of training and character development. After a time of processing, he was ordained and sent out to fulfill his God-given purpose and commission.

In May of 1977, Jeff Edwards founded Inner-City Christian Center (now called Freedom Christian Center Church), where he remains Senior Pastor. By the direction of the Holy Spirit and under Jeff Edwards’ leadership, a two million dollar, six acre church campus was acquired. That campus housed a 2-year Bible College, Christian Academy for grades K-3 through 8th grade, a TV Ministry and studio, a tape ministry, bookstore, a printing company, and Fountainhead Ministries, which is the foreign mission arm of the Church. The church functioned in this location for ten years. In July of 2000, the church’s facility was relocated to the urban core of Kansas City. The church has continued fulfilling their original vision in ministering to the needs of those in urban areas, especially in strengthening the family unit, marriages, and helping people pursue their God-given destiny and establishing God’s purpose in their lives.

As an itinerant minister since 1975, Jeff Edwards has ministered in most of the States in the United States; Haiti; Trinidad; The Virgin Islands; St. Vincent; Barbados; Dominica; Bahamas; Jamaica; Mexico; Nigeria, West Africa; South Africa; Canada; Guyana-South America; Queensland, Australia in the cities of Townsville, Cairns, Ayr, Innisfail and Palm Island; Western, Australia in the cities of Kununurra, Oombulgurri, and Wyndham; New South Wales, Australia in the city of Dubbo; The United Kingdom in the cities of London, England; Bedford, Bedfordshire-England; and Aylesburg, Buckingham-England; and the island/nation of Papua New Guinea. He has had the privilege and honor to address many Prime Ministers and Representatives of Government within many of these countries and islands.

He is the keynote speaker at many conventions, conferences, leadership summits, dedication services, overseas crusades, radio and television interviews, civic meetings, college lectures, installation services, prophetic presbytery, baccalaureate services, biblical black history seminars, church government seminars, leadership seminars, city-wide ecumenical meetings, praise and worship seminars, youth conventions and rallies, unity conferences, reconciliation services, graduation and commencement services, special events, black art festivals, marriage seminars and retreats, men’s conferences and retreats, women conferences, and family conferences.

He has written and published several books. His latest release is titled, “Where Are All the Fathers” subtitled, (The Detriment [Curse] of a Fatherless Generation) that was self-published. Other books written by Dr. Jeff Edwards include: “Purging Racism from Christianity” subtitled, (Freedom and Purpose Through Identity), published by Zondervan Publishing House; “Liberated-No Longer Bound!” subtitled (What Really is Freedom), published by Vincom, Inc.; “The Call of God” subtitled (Since I’ve Been Called to Preach – Now What?); “Gifted-Discovering You Hidden Greatness” and “Chosen-Not Cursed” subtitled (The Destiny of the Spiritual Ethiopian), all published by Pneuma Life Publishers. He has several other books that he has written that are pending publication. Jeff Edwards has also written many newspaper and magazine articles as well as teaching workbooks and syllabuses. He has assisted in developing curriculum for training of ministers and leaders for several local churches.

Jeff Edwards has also appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s (CBN) “Heart to Heart” hosted by Sheila Walsh and the national “Praise the Lord” program on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), and “Something Beautiful” on Christian Television Network (CTN). He has also appeared on the LeSea Broadcasting Network out of South Bend, Indiana. He has been interviewed on many local radio and television programs all over the United States and in many other nations and islands.

The Jeff Edwards Ministries International (JEMI), which manages the international ministry for Jeff Edwards, produces a television program called “The Sound of the Trumpet,” overseen by the Jeff Edwards Television Network. JEMI also produces a wide variety of audio, video and CD tapes that are sent all over the world. Jeff Edwards’ periodic newsletter, “The Blast of the Trumpet” has also been sent all over the world. As a writer, there have been frequent requests to write and contribute to newspaper and magazine articles.

In 1989, another facet of the ministry of Jeff Edwards was birthed, known as the Network of Urban Churches and Ministries (NUCAM). NUCAM is a fellowship of like-vision churches and ministries of which Jeff Edwards is the president and founder. This association encompasses urban and inner-city churches and ministries within the United States, islands of the Caribbean and Aboriginal Communities in Australia. Jeff Edwards heeds the call to encourage, strengthen, support and provide counseling to many independent churches and ministries commissioned to urban and inner-city areas.

Jeff Edwards is in frequent demand as he is known to bring the mind and prophetic purpose of the Lord to churches, individuals, cities and nations. He has frequent audiences with Prime Ministers and heads of state, sharing God’s purpose for their nations. God is using him to stimulate change within the church, especially with regards to his call of bridging the gap among the races. He has also mobilized the church in many nations to learn to affect their society.

Over the years, many churches and ministries have looked to Jeff Edwards as a spiritual father, drawing from the wisdom and grace given to him by the Lord. There are hundreds of churches and ministries that look to him for spiritual guidance, as well as many professionals, government officials and community leaders.

As a civic leader and community activist, he is the Chairman of the Banking and Economic Development Committee for the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Greater Kansas City. He has been partly responsible for the release of millions of dollars from banks under the Community Reinvestment Act that has resulted in many economic development projects and new housing. He is presently appointed to the Missouri Department of Insurance’s Insurance Advisory Council to benefit citizens across the state of Missouri.

He is married to the beautiful Debra Edwards, who is a minister and preacher in her own right who shares in the pastoral and administrative responsibilities of the church. Occasionally, both he and his wife Debra, minister together in conferences, marriage advances, and seminars. They have two lovely daughters, Honesty Joy who ministers in song, and Emiah Meshel who ministers in dance, both having won many awards and pageants with their God-given talents and gifts. Honesty Joy graduated from the University of Central Missouri, and majored in Business and danced with the ABC Dancers. Emiah Meshel graduated from Oral Roberts University, and majored in Health and Excercise Science with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, and was a cheerleader for the ORU Eagles.  Honesty Joy is now pursuing a career as an Actress and Script Writer while she works part-time as a Substitute Teacher.  Emiah Meshel is involved in Short Term Missions and traveled with a Christian Missions Dance Troupe in Panama and Brazil.  She is now pursuing her Masters Degree in a brand new field associated with Physical Therapy called Dance/Movement Therapy at a University in eastern United States.

Jeff Edwards has an earned Bachelor (Th.B.) and Masters (Th.M.) Degree in Theology. He was also honored with a Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) degree, based on his years of service and many contributions to the cause of Christianity.  He has an earned Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Biblical and Ethnical Studies (The study of races and ethnic groups in the Bible), in which he developed the curriculum for the Ethnical Studies portion of the degree.  
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