Our Ministry


Inspired Family Life Ministries

Dr. David Jefferson


Pastor, Teacher, Visionary, Community Servant, Attorney, Husband, Father and Grandfather are among the many ministerial roles of Rev. Dr. David Jefferson, Sr., Esq.

Rev. Dr. David Jefferson Sr. was born in Doyline, Louisiana to the late Rev. Ernest and Wrender Jefferson, Sr. The tenth in a family of fifteen, Rev. Dr. Jefferson grew up with a love of family that is present in his current ministerial vision.

A graduate of Grambling State University, Rev. Dr. Jefferson earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Dayton, Ohio. He has also received a Jurist Doctorate of Law from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Divinity from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Awarded a Fellowship in the prestigious Sloan Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rev. Jefferson completed the Master of Science in Management degree program in 1989.
Dr. Jefferson is a member of both the New Jersey and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the prestigious Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Called by the Holy Spirit into the Lord’s service, Rev. Dr. Jefferson served as Associate Minister at both the Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio and then the Union Baptist Church in Morristown, New Jersey. Just prior to his calling to serve at Metropolitan Baptist Church, he served eleven years as Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Dr. Jefferson answered the call to become the third Pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey in February of 1995. Under his leadership, the church has grown to a 7000+ member congregation. He continues to serve today under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, preaching and teaching the WORD of God, with a vision for the church of family ministry and community outreach. Having a heart for young people, Pastor Jefferson established a “Young People’s focused” service which specifically ministers to young people and their families. Focused on three “E’s”; Evangelism, Education and Employment, Pastor Jefferson continually guides and shapes the church’s mission to Lead Families out of Crisis to Christ, Bring Them Together Around the Word of God and Equip them with spiritual morals and values.

Responding to the work of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Jefferson is leading his flock to greater dimensions in the area of community outreach and evangelism. Like Nehemiah, Pastor Jefferson has been convicted to rebuild the walls of the city of Newark; to uplift families and restore the community. To that end, Pastor Jefferson expanded Metropolitan’s physical campus to include what has become known as; The Willing Heart Community Care Center, a nonprofit center supported by the Heart to Heart Partners Covenant and special donations. It is out of that center that Pastor Jefferson has initiated programs to meet the needs of families: food, clothing, educational supplies and assistance, financial programs, Christian counseling, and other services as well as providing affordable Christian entertainment for the community. It is a mighty task; however, “…The God of heaven will give us success.” Nehemiah 2:20

Pastor Jefferson is greatly blessed to be happily married to the former Linda Mouton of Jennings, Louisiana. They are the proud parents of four wonderful children and grandparents of eight beautiful grandchildren. 

Rev. Linda Jefferson


Wife, mother, grandmother, businesswoman, spiritual leader and Leading Lady, Linda S. Jefferson, represents a stabilizing and family presence in the Metropolitan Church family. 
As the First Lady of Metropolitan Baptist Church, Mrs. Jefferson or Sister “J” as she is affectionately known founded the Hospitality Ministry in 1994 at her church and the International Ministry that has welcomed dignitaries from Former President William Clinton and Secretary of State and former Senator Hillary Clinton, Nelson Mandela and sports figures like Alonzo Mourning and Magic Johnson.

As a lifelong lover of music and dance, Lady Linda was instrumental in founding Metropolitan’s Liturgical Dance Ministry, The Feet of Praise, a group that minister to the hearts and souls of worshippers through dance.  Led by the Holy Spirit to care for women, Sister “J” serves as Ministry Leader of the Women’s Fellowship Ministry, hosting roundtable discussion on women’s issues from motherhood to professional development to faith and healing, supporting causes of Metropolitan, like the Willing Heart Community Care Center and providing direct ministry to women in need through our Life Application class Daughters of Christ. On February 17th of, 2019, Lady Linda became the First Leading Lady to be licensed at Metropolitan Baptist Church. 

“Sister J’s” road to Leading Lady began while a student at Grambling State University, where she met fellow student, David Jefferson. Upon graduation and after returning to Jennings, Louisiana, “Sister J” became engaged to David Jefferson. After marrying, the young couple moved to Dallas, Texas as their first home before living in Ohio and finally New Jersey.

Upon graduation and prior to marrying, Sister "J" began a career in the banking industry. Her career has included positions such as a teller and comptroller at the Jefferson Davis Bank in Jennings, Louisiana. She was later employed as an Accountant for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Dallas, Texas. Following God’s call, she left her professional career arena to begin a family. Sister "J" became a loving mother, creative homemaker, and entrepreneur.

Sister “J” has a degree in Business Administration from Grambling State University and a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

She considers her life very rewarding and fulfilling throughout her forty plus years of marriage to the Rev. Dr. David Jefferson Sr. Esq. Sister “J” is the proud mother of four; Kimberly (John Williams Sr.), David Jr (Joni Bird), Lou Ella (Ronald Kemp II), Jasmine and the loving grandmother of nine. 

What We Believe


Inspired Family Life (IFL) is the broadcast ministry of Dr. David Jefferson. IFL embodies a profound dedication to nurturing families through the teachings of God's Word, fostering spiritual growth through prayer, and actively engaging in community outreach. This ministry is built on the conviction that the family unit is not only the cornerstone of society but also a vital component of God’s plan for humanity. By prioritizing families, IFL aims to offer a haven for those looking to deepen their faith, share their unique gifts and talents, and collectively participate in worship that honors God. Whether you are drawn to IFL to learn, grow, give, or simply find fellowship among believers, you are welcomed into a community that values the transformative power of living a Christ-centered life.

The importance of family in God’s vision is reflected in IFL’s approach to ministry. Recognizing the family as the first institution created by God, IFL emphasizes its role in achieving victorious living that is aligned with His teachings. This perspective is instrumental in guiding individuals and families alike towards a path of spiritual maturity and resilience. Through various programs and initiatives, IFL provides resources and support designed to strengthen familial bonds, encourage godly parenting, and cultivate homes that serve as beacons of faith and love.

Moreover, Inspired Family Life is committed to healing and supporting not just the individuals within the family but also reaching out to the broader community. By leading souls to Christ, the ministry extends its impact beyond the confines of the family to touch the lives of those in need. Through prayer, worship, and active service, members of the IFL community are empowered to make a meaningful difference, echoing the love and compassion of Christ in their actions. In this spirit, IFL invites everyone to join in its mission to uplift families and communities, guided by the wisdom and grace of God. 

Metropolitan Baptist Church


Deep in the Heart of Community

Metro is a church whose roots are deep in the heart of Newark, New Jersey and the community. We are fully committed to "Bringing Families Together Around the Word of God".  If its your desire to learn more about the awesome ministry and Christ-Centered work we are doing at Metro, visit the church website at www.mbcnewarknj.org.  If you are looking for a church family where you can mature as a Christian, share your gifts and talents, worship in person and honor God with other believers, or others in the community in bringing souls to Christ; then you have a home with us.

Focused On Family

At Metropolitan Baptist Church, we remain focused on the family because it was the first institution established by God, and it is the foundation of His plan for victorious living. Knowing this to be true, and believing that the family is the most important part in the process of healing hurting people, the Metropolitan Baptist Church Family will maintain as its theme; "Bringing Families Together Around the Word of God".

Journey With Us 
Sunday mornings worship with us for a spirit filled service of worship, praise and bible based Word. We offer two services at 7:15 AM (virtual only) and 9:15 AM (in-person and virtual).

Bible Study is essential to our growth and development as believers and leaders. Join us every Wednesday at 7:00 pm ONLINE only for our Inspired Family Hour of Power with Dr. David and Rev. Linda Jefferson.  We have an amazing LIVE question and answer period at the end of most lessons. We desire to prepare you to be the best version of yourself for your family and your future. 

Watch us on our church website at www.mbcnewarknj.org/watch, YouTubeyoutube.com/mbcnewarknj, Facebook - facebook.com/mbcnewarknj.  Visit the church website for more information, www.mbcnewarknj.org

Impact Network


Inspired Family Life is the broadcast ministry of Dr. David Jefferson. Watch new episodes of IFL on the Impact network, Sundays at 4:30 PM EST. Check your local listing for channel number.

Partner Together

We pray that the Inspired Family Ministries has been a blessing to you and your family. We would love the opportunity to partner together to continue to provide a place of hope, faith and love by “Bringing Families Together Around the Word of God”.


Connect With Us

Inspired Family Ministries
PO Box 215
16 Mt. Bethel Rd
Warren, NJ 07059