Monday, August 2, 2021

Address: 3145 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee, GA 30024 · Phone: 678-845-7055 · Fax: 678-845-7057

Meet Our Apostle

Apostle Jamie T. Pleasant

      Apostle Jamie T. Pleasant

Apostle Jamie T. Pleasant; Ph.D.

Apostle Jamie T. Pleasant; Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Pastor and Founder of New Zion Christian Church in Suwanee, Georgia. As a modern day polymath, he is a member of Mensa International, and is the first faculty member in the History of Clark Atlanta University to achieve this recognition.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, Marketing Studies from Clemson University where he walked on the football team and later earned a full scholarship. He also has an M.B.A. in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University and on August 13, 1999, Apostle Pleasant made history at The Georgia Institute of Technology by becoming the first African American to graduate with a Ph.D. in Business Management.  He is a tenured Full Professor of Business and serves as the Dean of Graduate Education at Clark Atlanta University.  In 2016, he received, “The Lifetime Volunteer Service Award” from President Barack Obama. This year, he was awarded the “Game Changer” Educator Award by The Reverend Jesse Jackson at the 2019 Rainbow Push International Convention.

God gave him the vision to establish a Biblically based economic development initiative for New Zion Christian Church.  He remains at the pulse of the economic business sector.  As a result, Apostle Pleasant is in constant demand to train, speak and teach others at all levels in ministries and the private sector about business and economic development across the country.  He has created cutting edge and industry leading ministerial programs in the church such as The Financial Literacy Academy For Youth (FLAFY), where youth from the ages of 13-19 attend 12 week intense classes on financial money management principles. At the end of 12 weeks, they receive a “Personal Finance” certificate of achievement.  Other ministries he has pioneered include; The Wealth Builders Investment Club (WBIC), which educates and allows members to actively invest in the stock market, along with the much celebrated Institute of Entrepreneurship (IOE), where participants earn a certificate in Entrepreneurship after three months of comprehensive training in all aspects of starting and owning a successful competitive business. The main goal and purpose of IOE is that each year one of the trained businesses will be awarded up to $10,000 start up money to ensure financial success. The newly added SAT & PSAT prep courses for children ages 9-19 fuels the potential success of all who walk through the doors of New Zion Christian Church.

Apostle Pleasant has met with political officials such as President Clinton and Nelson Mandela. He has delivered the opening prayer for the born again Christian and comedian, Steve Harvey.  He has performed marriage ceremonies and counseled numerous celebrated personalities such as Usher Raymond (Confessions Recording Artist), Terri Vaughn (Lavita Jenkins on The Steve Harvey Show), and many others.  He is a spiritual and personal friend to Coach Dabo Swinney, Head Football Coach of Clemson University and conducts chapel services each year for the football team as well.

As a modern day civil rights leader, He is a close aid to Reverend Jesse Jackson and serves on the Board of Directors of Rainbow Push Inc. (Atlanta) and Director of Education and Economics.  He serves on the Board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Atlanta Urban) and After the Columbine High School shooting, he founded the National School Safety Advocacy Association. His latest foundations include the Young Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) and the African American Consumer Economic Rights (AACER).

He has authored several books that include: Prayers That Open HeavenCapturing and Keeping the Pastor’s Heart, Powerful Prayers That Open HeavenAdvertising Principles: How to Effectively Reach African Americans in the 21st Century, Discover a New You: A 21 Day Journey to Uncovering Your Uniqueness, From My Heart To Yours: Love Letters From A Loving Father and Today’s Apostle: Servants of God, Leading His People towards Unity and “You Have What It Takes”.

Apostle Pleasant is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the humble husband of Kimberly Pleasant and the proud father of three children: Christian, Zion and Nacara.