(Isaiah 9: 6-7; 2 Corinthians 5: 14-21)
Minister of the Gospel, Strategist, Planner, Advisor, Public Policy Expert—Jannah Scott has served in many capacities with faith, government, business and the nonprofit community.
In 1996, Jannah and her family were baptized as believers in Jesus Christ at First Institutional Baptist Church (FIBC) of Phoenix, Arizona. She served faithfully under the leadership of Dr. Warren H. Stewart in evangelism and intercessory prayer, and was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus in 1998. In 2003, Jannah was ordained as a Marketplace Minister through the JGM Enternational Prayer Life Institute and confirmed via FIBC. In 2007, Jannah was set apart as an apostle of government by JGM and a presbytery council of men and women of God from across the nation. God’s assignment on Jannah’s life has included ministry to and with people at all levels of society--from homeless, substance abused, abandoned, neglected to high-ranking elected and appointed government officials—both in the US and abroad. She is a woman who deeply loves and believes in Jesus, the operations of the Holy Spirit, five-fold ministry offices and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Jannah is a preacher, a spiritual ambassador and a teacher of the Gospel of Jesus. She is a co-laborer with Greater Impact Church of Phoenix, Arizona under the leadership of Bishop Alfred and Lady Iris Smith and Apostle Andrae and Prophet Krystal Holland.
Jannah’s ministry assignments have included:
- 1996-2003 FIBC Intercessory Prayer, Worship & African American Christian Training School
- 1998 – Present Co-Laborer, JGM Enternational Prayer Life Institute
- 1998 – 2002 Assigned with United Methodist Outreach Ministries on-campus chaplain services
- 1998-2003 FIBC Community Outreach Ministry at Central Arizona Shelter Services
- 2001-2002 Chaplain, Phoenix Mercury Women’s Basketball
- 2003 Church Planting Team for New Generation Christian Fellowship Church
- 2003-2005 Prayer Quake Statewide Prayer Conferences
- 2004- Present Associate, International Foundation (host to the U.S. National Prayer Breakfast)
- 2005-2007 Led the “Ministry of Presence” effort out of the Arizona Governor’s Office in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricanes (Katrina, Rita and Wilma)
- 2008-2016 Interfaith dialogue engagements and efforts on behalf of the Obama Administration
- 2016-2017 Advisor to church uniting team for Greater Impact Church
- Current: Preaching, teaching and intercessory prayer teams with Greater Impact Church and the Global Prayer Network
In March of 2009, Jannah joined President Obama’s administration as Deputy Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, A Center of the White House Office. Jannah guided engagement of faith leaders with President Obama’s White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the 13 other federal centers for faith-based and community initiatives.
Jannah’s portfolio priorities included emergency preparedness and response; religious accommodations in homeland security; building resilience with diverse communities; safety and security for houses of worship; protecting civil rights and civil liberties; secure information-sharing protocols and developing curriculum in emergency response.
From 2005 to 2009 Jannah served as the Policy Advisor on Faith and Community Initiatives to former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. In that role, Jannah represented the Governor with community investment coalitions, faith leaders, cities and counties to establish local initiatives aimed at serving the poorest and most vulnerable citizens of the state. During her tenure with the Governor’s Office, Jannah was privileged to be an Arizona delegate on several faith and civil society exchange journeys with Arizona government and business leaders, traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey. She also hosted, with the Bush White House, the first-ever jointly – sponsored faith-based and community convening, bringing together over 2,000 faith and community leaders, elected officials and philanthropy organizations to seek solutions to common problems.
Jannah earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in Conservation of Natural Resources (B.S.) and Public Health Planning and Policy (M.P.H.). She completed additional graduate studies at Brown University and Arizona State University in Political Science and Public Policy. Jannah received an honorary Doctorate of Theology from the Gateway International Bible Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jannah is the mother of five young men and women of God, and grandmother to 6 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. Her passion is to see people everywhere achieve their God-given potential, living in an atmosphere where love, dignity, righteousness and justice prevail.
- Leading with Love, True Public Servant Award, Korean Churches for Community Development
- Township of Lakewood, New Jersey Certificate of Recognition, Mayor, Township Committee and Police Chief-Building Resilience with Lakewood faith community
- Distinguished Leadership—Public Service Award, Caribbean African American Faith-based Leadership Conference
- American Red Cross Ambassador Award for outreach to churches and houses of worship
2015: Inductee, International Women in Emergency Management Award
2014: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, for Pledge to Prepare Efforts
2013: City of Los Angeles, Certificate of Recognition, Mayor and City Council for Community Engagement Efforts in Emergency Management and Public Safety
2012: Brooklyn Salutes Award for Community Engagement Efforts
2009: Recognized by the African American Christian Clergy Coalition of Arizona for service 2008:
- Awarded Lifetime Membership from Maricopa County Chapter, NAACP for community service
- Most Influential Leaders in Arizona Award, African American Leadership 2004: U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Award for Increasing the Involvement of Faith-Based and Community Groups in HUD activities
2003: Tribute to Women Award, Maricopa County YWCA
2003: Women Helping Women Award, Soroptimists of Phoenix