Jeffrey Dennis has served as the Senior Pastor and Visionary Leader of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Akron, Ohio since 1988.
He is the Founder and CEO of Minority Behavioral Health Group (M.B.H.G.), a group of psychologists and licensed counselors who provide psychological services for the community.
He is the Founder of Akron Pastors’ Project, a program that educates the community regarding drug abuse, chemical dependency and mental abuse; Akron Unity Partnership, a collection of churches committed to partnerships in the interest of holistic community development; and Bethlehem House of Bread, an extension of Ashland Theological Seminary of Ashland, Ohio.
Pastor Dennis leads a group of professionals consisting of nurses, therapists, and case managers who provide services addressing the Infant Mortality challenge here in Summit County. This collaboration is with the City of Akron, Summa Health System, The Cleveland Clinic, Summit County Health Department and The Ohio Department of Medicaid.
He is the writer and arranger of the song, “Change Direction.” Change Direction is a national organization that promotes conversations around the issue of mental health and wellness. The song was performed by the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir.
Pastor Dennis has a Bachelor of Theology, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, and a Master’s degree in Black Church Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He has received an honorary doctorate and a number of certificates and recognitions.
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