Liberty Community Church and Westminster welcome the Rev. Dr. Jerry L. Cannon for our joint celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. In November 2022 the Board of Pensions (BOP) of the Presbyterian Church (USA)appointed him to serve as Vice President of Ministry Innovation. In this role Dr. Cannon, a lifelong Presbyterian, provides leadership for the BOP dues incentive programs to support churches and ministries. He is especially committed to connecting those serving in small congregations and nontraditional ministry settings to BOP benefits.
Dr. Cannon brings to BOP best practices from more than 30 years of ministry. Before his current role, he led innovative worship, faith community formation, and community service as Pastor and Head of Staff of C.N. Jenkins Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He guided the congregation to notice the surrounding community’s gifts and needs and to ask, ‘How am I in relationship with my neighbor?’
Dr. Cannon earned a Bachelor of Science from Virginia State University and a Master of Divinity from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, the only historically African American seminary among the 12 theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He earned a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is married to the Rev. Veronica Obey Cannon, and they are the parents offour adult children.
As one who has held on to the joy of his call and is gratified by mentoring and coaching church leaders, Dr.Cannon will encourage Liberty and Westminster to consider opportunities to expand ministry in our respective contexts.
MLK Weekend Events
Saturday, January 13 | 9am
Workshop with Dr. Cannon | Liberty Community Church’s Northside Healing Space
Sunday, January 14 | 8:30am
Worship with Dr. Cannon | Westminster Hall and Livestream
Sunday, January 14 | 9:15am
Joint Forum with the Rev. Pamela Ngunjiri and the Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, Minnesota Council of Churches
Westminster Hall and Livestream
Sunday, January 14 | 10:30am
Worship with Dr. Cannon | Sanctuary and Livestream