REVEREND JACQUELYN DRAGO-HUNTER
Senior Pastor, First Church of God, Gary, Indiana
Reverend Jacquelyn Drago-Hunter is the youngest daughter of the late Dan White and Cherrie White. She enjoys traveling with her 101-year-old mother, who on occasions, introduce her. Rev. Drago-Hunter attributes her spiritual awakening, her salvation, and her continued thirst for Jesus Christ, to her Christian parents and to her home church St. John Baptist, under the Pastoral Leadership of the late Rev. Julius James. It was at St. John Baptist where she attended Sunday school, was a member of the Sunshine Band, Youth Council, Young Adult Choir, Senior Choir, Mission-Red Circle, Worship Service, Bible Study, Prayer Meeting, and BTU (Baptist Training Union). By the time of her 18th birthday, she was hooked on Jesus. This Jesus connection would in fact make her victorious through lifeâ€™s trials and tribulations.
In 1988, she was transplanted through the leading of the Holy Spirit to First Church of God, Gary, Indiana, under the leadership of Rev. Harold E. Harrison, who at that time was the Pastor. In 1998, she began her road to Ordination through the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana. Under the Pastoral Leadership of Rev. Dr. Robert McClure, Jr., she was ordained in 2000. Her Father in the Ministry, Rev. Armstead Jamerson, stood firmly at her side during the entire process and mentored her along the way. In July 2015, Rev. Drago-Hunter graciously accepted her God-appointed assignment as Interim Pastor at First Church of God, Gary.
Rev. Drago-Hunter graduated from Roosevelt High School, Gary, Indiana, attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and completed her Religious Studies at Calumet College of St. Joseph, School of Theology. She is the mother of two daughters, Jervai Dumas and Lauren Hunter, has one son-in-law Ellis Dumas III and four wonderful, awesome grandchildren, Amiyah Hunter, Ellis Dumas IV, Jaci Lynn Dumas, and Jamie Leigh Dumas.
While there is a long list of accomplishments as well as defeats, Rev. Drago-Hunter simply wants to be known as a woman of God. She stands firmly on the Word of God and often tells people “who I am not important, who I represent is important”â€¦ “I am a representative of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords… and He shall reign forever and ever!”
A survivor of sin, cancer, stroke, prison and people… her favorite scripture is:
Philippians 4:11-13: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”