The Reverend Dr. J. G. McCann, Sr., is a Bronx native, one of the eight children born to the late Ruben O. McCann, Sr. and the late Frances L. Spencer. Dr. McCann, who is also referred to as "Johnnie," was called to preach God's Word on January 8, 1981. He started his ministry as a Youth Minister at the Thessalonia Baptist Church in the Bronx. Since his initial call to preach, he has always possessed a deep fervor for evangelical preaching. Dr. McCann was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ on June 12, 1983 by the Thessalonia Baptist Church in the Bronx under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Shellie Sampson, Jr. He was later ordained under the same leadership of Dr. Sampson on February 1, 1985.
Dr. McCann received his Associate of Arts Degree, majoring in Liberal Arts, in 1989 from Bronx Community College. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1991 from Herbert H. Lehman College, majoring in philosophy and minoring in psychology. Graduating with high honors from his undergraduate studies (Cum Laude) led to a full scholarship to attend Drew University Theological School located in Madison, New Jersey. Dr. McCann obtained his Master of Divinity Degree on May 15, 1993, his Master of Sacred Theology Degree on May 19, 2001 and received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew on October 27, 1995.
Dr. McCann married Tselane S. Sampson on January 5, 1985, at the Thessalonia Baptist Church. Tselane earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Master of Science Degree in Education, from Hunter College, New York City. They are blessed by God to be the parents of three children, Johnnie, Jr., Sulure Grace, and Tseohnni Lenora-Mia.
On December 17, 1984, Dr. McCann was called to be the Pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York. On December 30, 1992, the St. Luke Baptist Church Family of Harlem, New York, overwhelmingly voted and called on him as their Pastor. He graciously received and agreed to this call.
Dr. McCann is a multi-faceted young man who is active and involved in many organizations such as the Hampton Ministers' Conference of Virginia; several Ministers Conferences in New York; and Phi Beta Sigma Incorporated, Beta Psi Sigma Chapter. Serves as Assistant Chaplain for the New York City Transit Authority; Chaplain for MTA Police. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Drew University.
Dr. McCann is the editor of Lift the Veil; author of He’s Alright; Christian Stewardship; It’s a Lordship Factor; How to R.E.A.C.H. Black Men for Christ; Great Pearls from the Biblical Treasure Chest on Christian Stewardship; Great Pearls from the Biblical Treasure Chest on Evangelism; Great Pearls from the Biblical Treasure Chest on Vital Ships and Great Pearls from the Biblical Treasure Chest on Christian Marriage.
He served on the preaching team for the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., under the leadership of the Foreign Mission Board, where he preached in venues of Africa such as South Africa, Swaziland and Malawi.
Romans 8:28 is a favorite scripture of Dr. McCann's."And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Through JGM Ministries, Dr. McCann has shared his knowledge about God's word and how to apply it your life with the World. As the author of over 20 books, he has touched on every aspect of life. Dr. McCann, has 3 devotionals, 3 books on marriage, 4 on christian stewardship, 2 on developing Black men and a 2 volume series called, "What Does God Say About It?"