Rev. Senator James T. Meeks
Reverend Senator James T. Meeks has quickly risen to become one of the most dynamic religious and civic leaders in the nation. He is the founder and senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. Located in Chicago’s Roseland community, Salem is the largest African American church in Illinois with over 20,000 members and one of the fastest growing in the nation. In 2005, Rev. Senator Meeks led Salem in the construction of the House of Hope, a $50 million, 10,000 seat community and worship center. In 2002, Rev. Senator Meeks successfully ran for Illinois State Senator for the 15th Legislative District. His win made him the first Independent legislator ever elected to the Illinois Senate. Rev. Senator Meeks considers this position and duties an extension of his ministry to those in need. He also serves as the joint chairman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. Driven by his passion for education, Rev. Senator Meeks opened Salem Christian Academy in 1990, where children in grades K-8 receive quality educational instruction combined with Christian based principles to ensure young people of today are prepared to become tomorrow’s generation of leaders. He is the author of two books, “How To Get Out of Debt and Into Praise,” and “Life-Changing Relationships,” which have been received with critical acclaim. Rev. Senator Meeks received his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College in Dallas, TX.
He and his wife Jamell are the proud parents of four children.