Reverend Darryl N. Person was elected Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in March 2019 after having served as the Assistant Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church, also in the Bronzeville community, for many years. A graduate of Morehouse College, Emory University's Candler School of Theology and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, two of the greatest emphases of Pastor Person's ministry are the importance of the written Word and the necessity of hope.
Pastor Person has a distinguished career as Chaplain for the United States Navy primarily responsible for planning, staffing, budgeting, technology, and operations of the Command Religious Program at various Naval and Marine Corps Bases. He is also the Commander of the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at Proviso East High School in the Maywood community. As an expert in the areas of Suicide Awareness, Premarital/ Marital Counseling, Divorce Recovery, Crisis Management , Domestic Violence, Church Administration and Critical Incident Stress Disorder, Pastor Person provides Christian-based counseling to teens, young adults, couples and families.
Having traveled extensively across the US and abroad for over 30 years, Pastor Person ministers strongly on such areas as love, faith, healing, prosperity, and hope. His heart is to see the lost saved, the sick healed, the distressed relieved, the broken restored, and the discouraged empowered to victory. Pastor Person says,
True Christianity is not the formal, powerless thing that so many have come to know. Real fellowship with the living Christ results in the destruction of every bondage, the removal of every burden, and the fulfillment of every good desire. There is no life so exciting as the victorious life that is true Christianity.
You will find the teaching ministry of Pastor Person rich with revelation, yet easy to understand and to put into practice. Many have testified to healing, deliverance, and life-changing experiences through this anointed ministry. To God be all the glory!
Mrs. Pamela Person has practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife for the past 25 years and currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois College of Nursing. She completed her doctoral studies in nursing practice from the University of Illinois in 2018. Prior to her current position, Dr. Pamela practiced as a certified nurse midwife at the University of Illinois Health and Hospital Systems as well as in the underserved communities of Englewood and South Shore for over 20 years. She holds a Post Master’s degree in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Illinois, a Masters’ degree in Maternal Health Nursing from Rush University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Rush University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Lake Forest College.
Dr. Pamela has a passion for serving the many health care needs of teens and young women living in underserved communities where services are few and needs are great. Her doctoral work was in perinatal depression, where resources have been extremely limited. She plans to continue to advocate for women, especially women of color to reduce health disparities that exist in the inner city. Outside of work, Dr. Pamela loves reading and travelling. She has also enjoyed ministering to God’s people through liturgical dance. She was an active member of the praise dance ministry at Metropolitan Community Church prior to coming to Ebenezer.
Together with her husband, they are the proud parents of three children, Taylor, Marcus and Kennedy, all currently in college. They are also assisting in raising their niece, Alexis, who is a junior in high school.