On June 1, 2019 the Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie started her ministry as the Director of Racial Justice Ministries with Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN. Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie (also known as "Pastor J") is a Haitian-American born and raised in Newark, NJ to the parents of Joseph (deceased) and Grace Jean-Marie. In 2001 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications from Kean University in Union, NJ. In 2010, Pastor J completed her Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. In 2012 she was ordained into the Christian ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at New Covenant Christian Church in Nashville, TN where she served as an Associate Minister. She completed her Chaplaincy work in Atlanta, GA in 2014 offering up the ministry of pastoral care and counseling to a diverse community of all walks of life and faith traditions. She is a co-contributor for the African-American lectionary, three book projects entitled, "These Sistas Can Say it", Partner Prayers for Advent 2014 and Prepare: An Advent Devotional 2019 with the Bethany Fellows Group (Disciples of Christ). She is a Bethany Fellow (Disciples of Christ) and a member of the National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry- Nashville Branch, and she serves as the Vice President of the Fellowship of Black Disciples Clergywomen.
Pastor J is a visionary whom possesses tremendous gifts for ministry. She seeks to personify her calling by boldly professing the Word of God to communities in need of the Good News. Above all Pastor J is a preacher, teacher, mentor, advocate, and organizer who loves God and has dedicated her life to building the Kingdom of God on earth. Pastor J begins her ministry with a vision to lead the Scarritt Bennett Center to becoming a leading voice that proclaims love, justice, and hospitality