Dr. Jazz focused on moving Jericho Forward–“Jericho Get UP !”

Dr. Jasmine Scurlark aka “Dr. Jazz” spoke to truth and power during her initial sermon as Senior Pastor of Jericho City of Praise on Easter Sunday Morning.


“I told God that if only one more person showed up this morning at Jericho, I would shout,” Scurlark said from the pulpit, “I don’t need a crowd…or the sanctuary to be full. If he woke me up this morning, I can praise Him all by myself.”

Dr. Jazz has been called into a ministry that has undergone many tests since the death of their beloved Apostle Betty Peebles back in October 2010.  As many of you know TheChurchLadyBlogs has been reporting on the sad saga surrounding Jericho’s church drama since 2011 when the governing board abrubtly terminated Bishop Joel Peebles, Apostle Beey Peeble’s son, who was leading the church during his mother’s illness  and prior to her death.  Civil Lawsuits were filed and allegations that Michael Freeman was attempting a church takeover began to circulate.  Chile it has just been a hot mess, so much that Roland Martin covered the story nationally. 

It has been a long road for  all the congregants of  Jericho, City of Praise  and Pastor Joel Peebles who established City of Praise after litterally being walked off the premises of Jericho.  Most of Jericho’s congregants have followed Pastor Joel ( allegedly 12,000) and they are currently worshping at  Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt and Forestville Military Academy.

It is estimated that 2,000 people attened Dr. Jazz first service on Easter Sunday morning, but that did not discourage this firey preacher, Dr. Jazz noted in an interview following her sermon:

“I came here simply to minister to Peter,” Scurlark said. “When Jesus said tell the disciples and Peter and I came for Peter…No matter where you have been or where you are going,  if Jesus got up from death, Hell  and the grave,  you can get up also.”

My prayer is that Dr. Jazz will start fresh and be a blessing to all those hurt by this situation.

Freelance writer Jeannine Hunter contributed to this report.