Rev. JJ Flag
A proud native of Miami, Florida, JJ has committed his life and work to seeing the Church be a place of welcome to and for all. Motivated by the conviction that ministry is a lifestlye of service to others, he’s worked diligently to be well equipped in this work, both in skill and knowledge. JJ earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Religion, minoring in Church Ministries before graduating with a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. JJ is also an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ.
JJ’s spiritual journey has exposed him to various communities of faith and denominations. As a result, he has served in several ministerial capacities and in various ministry settings over the last decade and a half. JJ is currently the Associate Minister of Pastoral Care and Justice at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.
Prior, JJ was Pastor of Emmanuel Congregational Church, UCC in Watertown, NY. JJ has also worked as a chaplain, both on a university campus and within a multi-site hospital system. This work has allowed him be present and journey with others as they celebrate the highs and navigate the lows of life. Each role, he believes, has strengthened his resolve to be an advocate for others.
Having been born with a disability, advocating for those with disabilities is an integral part of living out his call. In pursuit of bringing greater awareness to the intersections of theology and disability and its impact on the Church’s mission and ministry, JJ earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at Drew University Theological School. There, JJ worked to expand the definition of radical inclusion to address and consider matters of Disability Theology and Disability Justice.
Beyond his call to the local church, he is a member of numerous local community and denominational boards including the United Church of Christ’s Disabilites Ministries Board of Directors as well as the Board of Directors for CHHSM. JJ often guest preaches, lectures, leads workshops, and contributes to podcasts centering matters of theology, faith, disability, and race; all of which will be a part of the book that he is set to publish with The Pilgrim Press.
When he is not wearing his “collar,” JJ’s greatest joy is spending time with his wife and children.