38th ANNUAL TOBA DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST
THEME: “Our Journey, Our Voice, Our Destiny”
SPEAKER: Rev. Janae Pitts-Murdock
Rev. R. Janae Pitts-Murdock, a native of Detroit, Michigan, and ordained into the gospel ministry at New Bethel Baptist Church under Rev. Robert Smith, Jr., is a lover of God and God’s people. She travels the nation inspiring people to live their best lives. Rev. Janae is a lifelong learner who believes that excellence honors God, and for her, anything less is unacceptable. Rev. Janae has been featured in The African American Pulpit, a quarterly journal that served as a repository for the very best of African American preaching and provides practical and creative resources for persons in ministry. She is an Advisory Board member for Woman Preach, Inc., a social justice organization focused on helping women find their prophetic voice. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and recently served as Chaplain of the Southern Region which includes Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and the Bahamas. Rev. Janae is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science degree in Public Policy & Management, United Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Memphis.
She served in the U.S. Department of the Army as a U.S. Presidential Management Intern and later as a Logistics Management Specialist. She then served as Lead Pastor at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, TN under Pastor Frank A. Thomas. There she directed the pastoral staff and gave leadership to church ministries and major initiatives. While at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, she charismatically led transformation focused ministries into new models of ministry and spearheaded the church’s satellite campus launch. After Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Rev. Janae was employed by the City of Memphis as the Coordinator of Teen Services for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center where she was responsible for teen programming at 18 public library locations. In this role, she spearheaded the $2 million construction and development of a digital teen learning lab, CLOUD901, transforming Memphis youth from information consumers to information creators.
Rev. Janae now resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she is employed by the City of Fayetteville. She is also a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy of African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric. She is united in holy matrimony to the one she calls, “God’s revelation of divine love,” Jeffrey Allen Murdock, PhD, who is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education and Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Together they have two children – Jeffrey III (age five) and John Patrick (age 3).