Dwayne K. Pickett, Sr.

Dwayne K. Pickett, Sr. is senior pastor of the 6,000-member New Jerusalem Church in Jackson, Mississippi. He is a native of Itta Bena, Mississippi in the Mississippi Delta.


  • Pastor Pickett graduated from Terry High School in Terry, Miss.
  • He earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 1994.
  • He earned a Master of Education in Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 1995.
  • He obtained a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Reformed TheologicalSeminary (Jackson, Miss.).
  • He received a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Seminary in May of 2011.

New Jerusalem Church

  • Pastor Picket is the Senior Pastor of New Jerusalem Church (Jackson, Miss.).
  • New Jerusalem has grown under Pastor Pickett’s leadership from an estimated 180 members in 1995 to more than 6,000 members in 2013.
  • New Jerusalem is now “one church in three locations,” with five worship services every Sunday morning, all led at staggered times by Pastor Pickett and his excellent worship team and choir.
  • New Jerusalem Christian Elementary School serves 6-week-olds to 6th graders in two locations in Jackson, Miss.
  • New Jerusalem is in the process of securing land and initiating building programs, all with the goal of meeting the needs of the whole person in Christ.
  • New Jerusalem has a long-term ministry as Pastor Pickett develops pastors in key
    regions of Africa.
  • New Jerusalem has numerous other ministries.

Other ministries and service

  • Pastor Pickett speaks worldwide at major churches and is sought-after throughout the United States.
  • He served as the Executive Director of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention Youth Department.
  • He served as Director of Christian Education for the Southern Regional Youth Conference.
  • He teaches a monthly men’s Bible study with Dr. John Perkins; their goal is to develop and encourage vital African-American male evangelical leaders in Mississippi.
  • He is commissioned by the Christian Men’s Network to train men worldwide.

Other recognition and service

  • Pastor Pickett successfully chaired the steering committee for a Hinds County Bond Issue of $21.5 million.
  • He is a veteran of the Army National Guard and served in Desert Storm/Desert Shield from September, 1990 to December, 1991.
  • He is a former assistant principal for Brinkley Middle School in Jackson, Miss.

Pickett believes an effective kingdom church operates continuously in four phases:

1) the educational or meditative phase (Christian education);
2) the evangelistic-ministry phase (taking ministry outside of the church’s “four walls”);
3) the economic-financial phase (breaking the curse of poverty); and,
4) the experiential phase (God’s demonstrated operations of the Spirit in His church).

Pastor Pickett is married to Dr. Tracy Evans of Laurel, Mississippi. He is the proud father of five sons: Julian, Kendedrick, Malcolm, Dwayne, Jr., and Keishun.