I was born in Detroit, MI. But, by the age of two I was living in St. Louis, MO. By the age of five, I was living in St. Thomas, VI. That’s where I was raised and shaped. Something about the island lifestyle and endless ocean makes me more in touch with nature and reminds me how small we are. But the glamour and glitz life on the mainland (aka America) is enticing. So I left home with hopes of “getting the money and running” to return home to the simple life.
By the age of 24, I found myself in Washington DC as a Communications Director for a Democrat Member of Congress. I left to start an organizational development consulting firm and became Chair of the DC Black Republicans.
Yet, the call of the simple life was pulling at me. Abandoned by the church and disillusioned by what Christianity looked like on the mainland, I became Rastafarian. Studying Haile Selassie and Ethiopia led me back to Christianity, through the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. I studied for seven years under a bishop, several monks and other clergy, who taught me the simple and profound faith of Orthodox Christianity. Even as an Episcopal Priest, it is that simple and profound faith I hope to offer to you.
Fr. Jabriel Ballentine is a personal pastor who inspires people through biblical insights and spiritual vision to develop fuller relationships with God, themselves and those around them so that they can find ever-greater fulfillment in their lives.
He is host of Blacks with Power podcast, which is a theological guide for those Blacks in America who find themselves in positions of power and want to discover ways to use that power in order to advance the Cause of Freedom for themselves, their family and others. He is also cohost of Racial Heresy, a monthly podcast on Christian theology and racial reconciliation that debunks the established racial doctrines which keep us separate and helps people engage in meaningful conversations across the color line. Fr. Jabriel is the creator of the Game Changer System for finding and maintaining a championship caliber marriage and family life. He is also the author and performer of Journey to the Promised Land, an album of Gospel inspired spoken word poetry that inspires compassion for those who live outside of mainstream American life.
Fr. Jabriel holds a Master’s Degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s from the University of Maryland. He is an Executive Council Member for the Episcopal Church, serving as liaison to the Church’s Commission on Anti-Racism. He resides in Dr. Phillips, Florida with his wife and children.