Bishop Brandon A. Jacobs, Sr. is the Founder and Pastor of New Zion Temple Church organized December 14, 2006. Bishop Jacobs was called into the gospel ministry at the age of 9 and began preaching at age 13. He received his license at the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church, East Chicago, IN under the leadership of Reverend Andre McGhee. In June 2003, he received his ordination at New Jerusalem Temple of the Living God, Marlton, New Jersey under the leadership of Reverend Sharon R. Robinson, where he served as Youth Pastor from 2000-2004. Bishop Jacobs served as Interim Pastor and Associate Minister of Mount Hermon Baptist Church, East Chicago, IN, from 2005-2006.
New Zion Temple Church is an affiliate of Pilgrim Assemblies International, Inc., which is headquartered in New York, under the leadership of Presiding Archbishop William Hudson III. On July 8, 2016, Bishop Jacobs was one of the last two Bishops consecrated under the leadership of the late Archbishop Roy E. Brown.
In 2017, the Lord lead Bishop Jacobs to add a second New Zion Temple Church location in Indianapolis, IN, which launched May 20, 2017. In addition to Pastoring one church in two locations, Bishop Jacobs has provided oversight to the following services throughout the community: Counseling, Youth Advocacy, and Senior Support Group. On December 31, 2016, Bishop Jacobs was installed as President of the Hammond Ministerial Alliance, which consists numerous of churches in the Hammond community.
As a member of the Northwest Indiana Black Expo Youth Division, he was instrumental in awarding $15,000 in scholarships to youth in East Chicago, Hammond, and Gary, Indiana. Bishop Jacobs worked as a Recidivism Director and Counselor of Tri-City Alternative Action Program (TCAAP). He provided Life Skills Training curriculum to troubled teens, counseling sessions, and implemented creative guidelines to prevent the behavior of repeat “offenders.” Through God’s inspiration, Bishop Jacobs has written and published his first book, “All Eyes On Me,” Lifestyle of the Young and Saved. It is his desire that this book provides a guiding light for the many challenges our youth face in society today.
Bishop Brandon Jacobs married the beautiful and anointed Lady Vivian Jacobs in 2010. Bishop Brandon and Lady Vivian Jacobs are the proud parents of five children. Lady Vivian Jacobs diligently serves alongside her husband and impels the vision that he has for New Zion Temple Church.
Bishop Jacobs believes his strong relationship with God sustains him and gives him the strength to better serve, not only his congregation, but the community at large.