Pastor Jeremy H. Upton is an anointed and gifted preacher who is passionately committed to impacting a generation to influence their culture for Jesus Christ. Committed to Christ and to being a Godly husband and father, Pastor Upton is dedicated to declaring the Word of God, displaying a Godly lifestyle, and disciplining people to walk with God.
Pastor Upton is a magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College and a cum laude graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, earning a Masters Degree in Theology, with a concentration in Pastoral Leadership. In addition, he has also studied at Carver Bible College (Atlanta, GA) and New Orleans Baptist Seminary (New Orleans, LA). In the summer of 2007, he completed postgraduate study in preaching at Oxford University in England. Pastor Upton is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry Degree with a concentration in Church Growth from Talbot Theological Seminary in La Mirada, California.
Pastor Upton was licensed to the ministry by Bishop Eddie L. Long, Senior Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia, in 1998. Pastor Upton served on full-time staff at New Birth for four years in such capacities as Administrator of Bishop Eddie L. Long Ministries, Special Assistant to Bishop Long, and Middle School/Assistant Youth Pastor.
In May 2004, Pastor Upton was ordained under Dr. Denny D. Davis, Senior Pastor of St. John Baptist Church, of Grand Prairie & Southlake, Texas. While there, Pastor Upton, formerly the Youth Pastor, served as the Executive Pastor and Preaching Assistant.
Returning to Atlanta for a short time, he served as the Chief Ministry Officer at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, overseeing all areas of ministry, outreach, and discipleship.
After a brief stint serving another church as pastor, in December of 2012, Pastor Upton founded the City of Refuge Church. Pastor Upton continues to serve God in his generation and to make a positive impact for the Kingdom of God in the community.
He and his lovely wife Brianna have been blessed with three wonderful children and make their home in the southwest region of Miami.