Lead Pastor of Sojourn Church Midtown
Hi, I'm Jamaal. I’m the lead pastor of Sojourn Church Midtown and the president of Harbor Network. I’m a native of Chicago, IL, and I received my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. I also have an MA in Church Ministries and a doctorate (DEdMin) in Black Church Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I’m married to Amber, and we’re the parents of Nia, Josiah, Kayla, Micah, and Judah. Currently, I’m co-authoring a book with Timothy Paul Jones, tentatively titled In Church as It Is In Heaven: Cultivating a Multiethnic Kingdom Culture, which will be published by InterVarsity Press in 2023.
Next time you come to Midtown, if we haven't met yet, please grab me after the service and say hi! I'd love to meet you.
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Director of Communications
Director of Families
Director of Next Steps
Director of Operations
Sojourn College Staff
Our family moved to Louisville in 2007 when I became a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After serving for several years at Sojourn Church East, we returned to Sojourn Church Midtown in 2016.
I earned my PhD at Southern Seminary after completing a master’s degree at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City and a bachelor of arts at Manhattan Christian College. Along the way, I’ve written or contributed to a couple dozen books, including How We Got the Bible (Rose Publishing) and In Church as It Is in Heaven: Cultivating Multiethnic Kingdom Culture with Pastor Jamaal (InterVarsity Press).
My wife and I met in the summer of 1992 when we were both working at a children’s camp; we said our vows in June 1994 in record-high heat in a church building with a broken air conditioner. Since then, we’ve lived in three states and adopted four children. We enjoy board games, baseball games, traveling to sunny locations, trying new restaurants, and walking Riverfront Park and the Big Four Bridge.
Timothy Paul Jones
Deacon of Sojourn Arts
Pastor of Care
I’m the Pastor of Care at Midtown, where I oversee the ministries of counseling, member care, pre-marital preparation, and our Restore groups. I am passionate about cultivating and empowering our church to love and care for one another as God has loved and cared for us. I enjoy golf, chess, and rooting for the University of Kentucky. I am the husband of Sarah and dad to Whitt.
Pastor of Outreach
My name is Andy, and I am the Pastor of Outreach at Sojourn Midtown. I help oversee our Mercy, Next Steps, Arts, and S2 (Sojourn Students) ministries.
I grew up and went to college in Northwest Iowa, where I met my better half and love of my life, Emily. We got married and moved out to the Chicago area for seminary, where I received my MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. We then moved back to Iowa, where I became a pastor and planted a multiethnic church in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Lord brought us out to Louisville in 2021 to join the wonderful kingdom work at Sojourn. I am deeply passionate about the work of reconciliation, justice, and kingdom diversity, so the opportunity to serve as a pastor at Midtown is a true joy!
Emily and I have four wonderful boys, Rodney, Prince, Lincoln, and Welsey. In my spare time, I love to run, be with my family, and be surrounded by nature—preferably near a trout stream so I can fly fish!
Director of Worship
Ministry Assistant for Send Ministries
Pastor of Spiritual Formation
My name is Josh, and I’m the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Midtown. I’m married to the lovely Amanda Mae, and we have three kids: Caroline, Wells, and Camden.
I met Amanda at Virginia Tech, where I received a B.S. in Biology. Amanda and I got married and moved to Louisville to work towards an MDiv at SBTS. We became members at Midtown in 2012, and I joined staff in 2014. I’m currently back at school (hopefully for the last time!) working towards a doctorate in education (EdD).
Our family loves all things Star Wars and Harry Potter. We enjoy riding our bikes together, going on walks, and eating ice cream. Personally, I enjoy riding my road bike, getting into nature for some fly fishing, and perfecting the art of smoked meat. I also love to cheer on the Hokies and the Nationals.
I’m from Jonesborough, Tennessee, and I went to Tennessee Tech University, where I majored in Mathematics and Education. I also got an MDiv from Southern Seminary.
I’m married to Katie, and we have two sons, Bryson and Parker.
Two things I love about Sojourn are its culture of grace and truth and its diversity.
When I’m not working, I love to go outdoors, work out, or travel.
Worship Administrative Assistant
Pastor of Sojourn College
Hi, I’m Jason. I’m the Pastor of College Ministry at Midtown. I grew up in Deerfield Beach, FL, and received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida. I'm currently working toward a master’s degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I am married to Christina, and we have one son, Lennox.
In my role at Sojourn, I lead a college staff team, and together, we work as sent ones to the University of Louisville. We plan events, disciple and equip students, and engage and evangelize those who have yet to believe.
Outside of my role at Sojourn, I love watching movies with my family, writing and performing poetry, creating art, and working on projects around my home.
You can catch me following a Sunday service at Midtown. More than likely, Christina, Lennox and I are among the last to leave. Reach out and say hi!
Pastor of Sending
My name is Jesse, and I am the Pastor of Sending at Sojourn Midtown, where I oversee our global missions as well as our domestic church planting efforts.
I became a member of Sojourn in the fall of 2004, after moving from Ohio to pursue a masters at SBTS. I married my wife, Ashley, in 2007, and we have 3 children—Asher, Rowan, and Coraline. In 2014, our family was sent to France as part of a team from Midtown to church plant. We returned in the fall of 2021, so that I could take my current role.
While we miss so much about our lives in France—the church plant we helped start, the bread and pastries, and city life, we are so thankful to be back in Louisville serving alongside you. It has been a deep joy to return to Midtown as a Pastor and encourage our church to send well, so that we can see God’s kingdom continue to advance.
I love watching the NBA and playing basketball. Also, I am growing to appreciate smoking meat. Our family loves to hike and experience new cultures together.
Church Planting Resident
Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor
I serve as a non-staff pastor and pastor of preaching at Sojourn Midtown. I’m married to Ana, and we have one son, Jaden. We have been members at Sojourn Midtown since 2018. I love activities I can do with my family: watching good movies, basketball, and football games, traveling, and other leisure activities. I also love eating healthy and exercising.
My family and I love Sojourn Midtown’s vision “to fill up our city with gritty disciples,” and our mission “to reach people with the gospel, to build them up as the church, and to send them into the world.” We also love our intentional redemptive kingdom diversity multiethnic vision.
I’m a professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary, where I’ve worked since 2013. Before that, I taught at a university,
I have published many books, including Christ Redeemed ‘Us’ from the Curse of the Law: A Jewish Martyrological Reading of Galatians 3:13 in the Library of New Testament Studies Monograph Series (T&T Clark, 2019), a commentary on Galatians in the New Covenant Commentary Series (Cascade, 2020), Redemptive Kingdom Diversity: A Biblical Theology of the People of God (Baker Academic, September 2021), The Spirit, Ethics, and Eternal Life: Paul’s Vision for the Christian Life in Galatians (IVP Academic, 2023), and a commentary on Romans (IVP Academic, 2023).
A few of my many current writing projects include a book on Romans (Baker Academic), a book on biblical and theological themes in Colossians and Philemon (Zondervan Academic), a commentary on Ephesians (B&H Academic), Paul’s use of the Old Testament in Galatians (Zondervan Academic), and a Pauline Theology (Baker Academic). I also plan to write a New Testament Theology.
My research interests are Galatians, Romans, Ephesians, Pauline Soteriology (broadly defined) in Paul’s Second Temple Jewish context, Pauline Theology, and soteriology in Second Temple Judaism. I currently supervise PhD students working on some aspect of Pauline Soteriology in Galatians in its Second Temple Jewish context. I’m interested in supervising prospective dissertations on potential topics related to Galatians, Romans, Ephesians, Pauline Soteriology, or Pauline Theology.
Jarvis J. Williams
Director of Arts and Culture
I’m the lead pastor of Sojourn Church Midtown and the president of Harbor Network. I’m a native of Chicago, IL, and I received my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. I also have an MA in Church Ministries and a doctorate (DEdMin) in Black Church Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
I’m married to Amber, and we’re the parents of Nia, Josiah, Kayla, Micah, and Judah. Currently, I’m co-authoring a book with Timothy Paul Jones, titled In Church as It Is In Heaven: Cultivating a Multiethnic Kingdom Culture, which will be published by InterVarsity Press in 2023.
Hi! My name is Andy Cook. I am a non-staff pastor at Midtown. My main area of ministry is Care.
I have been at Sojourn since its creation. I have lived in Louisville since the age of 14, so this place is home to me more than anywhere else I have lived.
I work for the International Mission Board as a Microsoft 365 engineer. I am a graduate of Indiana University Southeast. My wife and I have been married since 2010. We have three kids. Jude, Riley, and Ansel.
I love photography, board games, music, and reading. I am a diehard Manchester United fan of 25 years. I am a Cleveland Browns Fan as well.
I love the journey that Sojourn has been on for the past 23 years, and most of all I love how our church looks more and more like heaven will every day, as we hold to our core value of having a diverse fellowship.
My name is Brad Frame and I am from Louisville. I met my wife, Kristen, at Milligan University, and we have been married for 25 years. We have two teenage daughters. I serve as an elder in international missions and I love how the gospel is front and center each week at Midtown.
I'm a non-staff Pastor here at Midtown overseeing our missionaries in North Africa and the Middle East. My wife Jacinda and I have lived in Louisville and have been at Sojourn since 2012. Together with our four children, we live in Shelby Park, and most evenings you can find us around the playground.
I grew up in Lexington, KY, and did my undergrad degree at Cedarville University in Ohio. My wife and I worked in East Asia before returning to Louisville in 2012 to pursue an MBA from the University of Louisville. I work with an Impact Private Equity firm that provides housing for refugee and immigrant tenants. My family and I love exploring the outdoors, and in my free time, you can find me hiking or camping in and around the Louisville area.
I have 14 years of experience as a pastor of mercy ministry at Sojourn. I am also the Founder and President of Seed to Oaks, a Kentucky nonprofit that teaches and equips churches to discover and meet the practical needs within their own neighborhoods.
Since 2006, I’ve been developing church-led ministries that serve people living in poverty, including free medical clinics, job training and placements, summer education and afterschool tutoring, community events, and benevolence ministries.
My professional experience includes four years in mergers and acquisitions and 10 years in small business ownership. I have a master’s degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in business from Georgia State University. I am a Leadership Louisville class of 2020 alumni and was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in 2018.
I’m a non-staff pastor here at Midtown. I grew up in Lubbock, Texas and went to Texas A&M University for undergrad (had to navigate some back and forth rivalries there… Texans understand).
My wife and I moved to Louisville in 2012 for her study at the University of Louisville and mine at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I received an MDiv. In my day job, I help run the HR and operations at a local furniture and mattress company. I’m dad to Eleanor, Fielding, and Graham and we all love the parks and nature in and around our beautiful city of Louisville. In my non-staff pastor role, I primarily serve in our Care ministry, specifically helping to lead Restore.
I am the Executive Director of Harbor Network, a network of churches across the United States providing safety and support to pastors and church leaders as they launch, lead, and multiply thriving churches.
I’m originally from Fayetteville, GA, where I grew up with a twin brother and three sisters. I went to college at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA where I majored in classical percussion performance. After graduating, I attended Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, where I received a Master of Divinity in 2013.
I’ve been married to Anna since 2011. We have two amazing daughters, Harper and Natalie.
We’ve been members here since 2009, and I became a pastor in 2018. My pastoral responsibilities at Sojourn Midtown include serving on the governing elder body, a subset of the full council of elders that provides oversight to pastor Jamaal, high-level financial decision-making, and collaborates with Jamaal and the staff to refine the vision, mission, values, and beliefs of the church.
I love to hike, run, and swim. I enjoy college football (go Georgia Bulldogs!) and baseball (go Braves!). I love to read. I read a lot of fiction, particularly fantasy novels. I also enjoy working outside in my yard and small garden.
I’m grateful to be part of a church that has deep convictions, genuine love for people and our community, and seeks to reflect heaven in our pursuit of being a gospel-centered, multi-ethnic church.
I was born in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico, where I lived before moving to the US to pursue college education and college athletics. I graduated from the University of Louisville where I played for the men’s soccer team and obtained two degrees, a bachelors and an MBA.
I love playing fútbol (soccer) on the weekends and watching the Mexican national team play in international competitions. Also, I enjoy listening to respectful debates on a wide variety of topics such as philosophy, ethics, religion, politics, and science.
As a non-staff elder, I serve as a director of Sojourn Latino ministry and work as an international air network planner for UPS. I am married to my wife Rebecca, and we have a baby girl.
Something I love about Sojourn’s church body is the safe space it creates to acknowledge our sin and sorrow, which compels us to bring it to the throne of grace without fear or shame.
I’m the Executive Director at Upstream Sending. Before that, I served as a staff pastor at Midtown, leading global missions and teaching for several years. During that time we sent numerous members out as mid- and long-term missionaries, including 6 church-based teams.
My wife Sarah and I were also cross-cultural missionaries in Kathmandu, Nepal, discipling young leaders and working with an unreached people group.
I got my doctorate of missiology (DMiss) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and am the author of You Are Sent: Finding Your Place in God’s Global Mission and Multisite Missions Leadership.
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Sojourn Midtown is a part of the Sojourn family of churches. Our mission is to reach people with the gospel, build them up as the church, and send them into the world.
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