"Everyone will know you are my disciples if you love one another." John 13:35

Love God. Love People. Make Disciples. 


At its peak, Englewood, a Chicago neighborhood had a population of 97,000 people. Due to a crumbling infrastructure and a crime index number among the highest in the country, this neighborhood has declined in population to a mere 30,000. While the trend in this neighborhood has been to get out of poverty and leave the city behind, Jonathan Brooks is one of the exceptions.

Pastah J serves as Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in West Englewood and has taught elementary education and arts in inner city Chicago for over a decade.  As a firm believer in investing in the community you grew up in, Jonathan has a deep desire to impress this virtue on the students and young people in his congregation, classroom and community.

Jonathan is married to Miche'al Newman-Brooks and has two beautiful daughters Jasmine and Jade, they reside in West Englewood a few blocks away from the church campus.