The Jimmy Jack Story
Jimmy Jack's life began in turmoil. His mother and father were both committed to mental wards, and drug addiction consumed Jimmy Jack's life for years to come. He learned how to use drugs at age 10 and then was consumed by hard core drugs in the streets of New York City, and through that, entered into a life of crime, addiction, and reckless living. One night Jimmy and his best friend, Billy went to the New York City to buy 4 bags of heroin. After Jimmy snorted a bag of heroin, he helped his friend shoot the rest in his arm. Billy overdosed and his lifeless body lay in Jimmy’s arms. After many unsuccessful attempts to revive him through mouth to mouth resuscitation, Billy was gone. The paramedics came and tried to revive him as Jimmy cried out to God, saying, “I'll become whatever you want me to be God, just don't let Billy die!” Miraculously, Billy came back to life. Shortly after, Jimmy entered Brooklyn Teen Challenge and his life was miraculously transformed.
Under the leadership of David and Don Wilkerson Jimmy went on to graduate from Central Bible College in 1989.
In 1990 Jimmy went on to establish Long Island Teen Challenge, which now has five residential homes for men and ladies. In 2004 marked the birth of Rock the Block, a cutting-edge, culturally relevant urban evangelistic street ministry featuring contemporary gospel music, praise, dance, drama and preaching. Rock the Block is an International Evangelistic Outreach reaching the youth of today. In 2008, Jimmy Jack published his first book, I Can Dream Again, his life story.
Through the many lives which have been transformed from the ministry of Teen Challenge, the Coffee House Outreach and Evangelism Crusades in Long Island and New York City, Jimmy founded Freedom Chapel in Amityville NY. In 2009 on Easter Sunday the new Freedom Chapel International Worship Center was built to meet the growing needs of our mission.
Today, Freedom Chapel, Long Island Teen Challenge, and Rock the Block are thriving under Jimmy’s leadership. Jimmy Jack has founded Teen Challenge centers in Dominican Republic, Albany, New York and helped establish Teen Challenge Tanzania through an Evangelistic Crusade in East Africa.
Today Jimmy Jack travels the world bringing the message of hope to the lost through Evangelistic Crusades and Outreaches and Leadership Conferences. Jimmy and his wife Miriam live in New York with their three God-loving children—David, Dionnza, and Dominique who are a part of this Evangelistic Ministry.