Pastor Jason C. Reynolds is the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in San Jose, CA. Since arriving at Emmanuel in 2012, Pastor Jason has helped stabilized the ministry, redeveloped the worship service format, and successfully renovated the worship space. These changes have resulted in an on-going increase in membership and in attendance. With a love for reaching people, Pastor Jason has led innovative evangelistic efforts that touch both the spiritual and physical needs of people, such as the Labor Day Gas Buy Down (2013); 3&3 Pentecost Worship Service at Santa Clara Convention Center (2014); and Emmanuel Cares, a community outreach to the neighbors that surround the church providing them with small home needs and a personal invitation to worship service (2015). In the short time since his arrival in San Jose, Pastor Jason has received multiple awards and recognition for his leadership from a variety of organizations, such as the California Legislature Assembly and the African American Community Service Agency.
Pastor Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Arts in Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He has also received a certificate from the Executive Education program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Pastor Jason’s ministry experience has been broad, from participating in a church plant of eight people called Citadel of Faith Community Church in the heart of Detroit, MI, to being on staff at one America’s largest churches, Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, with a congregation over 10,000. Over the years, Pastor Jason has carried a variety of titles and responsibilities: Youth Pastor, Director of Church Operations, College Pastor, and so on. He also has experience outside of ministry, having served as a construction engineer on the CTA Redline Rehabilitation Project of one of Chicago’s main transit lines.
Currently, Pastor Jason is working with an interfaith group of clergy and laypeople called Claiming the Beloved Community to improve the relationships and accountability of local law enforcement. Within this group, he meets with the Mayor, Chief of Police, Independent Police Auditor, NAACP, PACT, and multiple faith traditions to collaboratively create solutions for the city of San Jose.
Pastor Jason is happily married to Poch'e (Po-Shay) Reynolds and they have two sons, Jadon (Jay-Den) Reynolds and Jason Reynolds II (affectionately called “Bubba”).