Dr Jerome Symonette
Dr. Symonette’s first Christian experiences were encouraged and guided by his father and mother, the Reverends John and Elfreda Symonette of Nassau, Bahamas. He accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee, under the pastorate of the late Rev. N. Samuel Jones, (Director of Publications for the National Baptist Sunday School Board). There, he was subsequently baptized by his father, the Rev. John Symonette. Later, he was licensed and ordained to the ministry at the Greater Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, by the late Dr. O. A. Hester.
Dr. Symonette has served churches in the Bahamas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida. He has preached, lectured, performed, and spoken in churches, conferences, Conventions, and for colleges and Universities. These opportunities have brought invitations across the United States, Caribbean, Africa, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, and the Netherlands.
Dr. Symonette has also served as Director of a Family Life Center; an Assistant Administrator and Dean at a Christian Academy; taught at a Catholic School; and served as Supervisor of Counseling for Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS social service agency. Additionally, he served as a Music Coordinator and Accompanist for the University of Louisville’s Dance Academy. He has served as the Chairman of the Board for Friends of Children, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and on the Board of Excel Academy Charter School, Miami, Florida.
Among the many honors and awards that he has received are the Scholar of the Year and the President's Award from the Florida Memorial University; Outstanding Young Men of America; Who’s Who in Religion; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; and a Model of Excellence from the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale. Dr. Symonette was selected as an Outstanding African-American Man by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (Fort Lauderdale Chapter), and his biography has also been included among the International Men of the Year (Cambridge, England).
Dr. Symonette studied at the Jefferson Community College, Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Louisville, with a Bachelors degree in Music Education, and also from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters degree. He also received a Doctor of Ministry degree, with an emphasis in pastoral studies and biblical theology, from the Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. He has done post-doctoral studies at the Walden University in Education.
In addition to serving as the Pastor of Restoring Grace Community Church, he continues to serve the Kingdom of God as the President of the Emmaus Institute (Bible College and Church Music School) and the Father's House of Restored Life, (a mentoring and Christian counseling agency).