Elder Robert E. DeJournett – Pastor

Elder Robert Earl DeJournett accepted God’s invitation to salvation on November 6, 1994. He received the baptism of the Holy Ghost on December 27, 1994. He accepted his calling into the ministry in 1997 and was ordained as a Minister in 1998 and ordained as an Elder in August of 2009. Elder DeJournett was appointed Assistant Pastor in September 2012. He was installed as Pastor of St. Ashworth Temple COGIC on December 5, 2015. He is a graduate of the 2000 class of The William Morgan James Ministerial Intern Institute. Former Youth Pastor St. Ashworth Temple, Church of God in Christ, former Akron District President of Youth Department for Church of God in Christ, Akron District.

Elder DeJournett graduated from Akron Public School’s Central-Hower High School in 1980. He attended Clark College in Atlanta Georgia. In 1985, he graduated from the University of Akron with a BA degree in Mass Media Communications. He holds a Certificate in Diversity in Management (CEM) from Georgetown University.

Elder DeJournett ‘s current position is Vice-President for Opportunity and Inclusion at the Greater Akron Chamber. He was previously employed with Summa Health, as the Director of Community Relations & Diversity.

Elder DeJournett’s experiences as a minister and his personal knack for bringing people together for one common goal, has guided him in his efforts to serve the community. He has served as Chair for Summit County minority health fairs for approximately six years. He is also active with local minority health causes including the Brother-to-Brother Project (initiative focused on prostate cancer awareness and screenings), and the Summit County Minority Health Roundtable. He has successfully linked faith-based communities to the health fair initiative and other community endeavors.

In 2015, Elder DeJournett was recognized with the Community Leadership Award from the United Way’s Dorothy O. Jackson Society and the regional Multicultural Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to the mission of the American Heart Association through the lens of diversity and inclusion. In 2013, Elder DeJournett was honored as a Heart Champion at the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball and also received the 2013 AHA Volunteer Service Award. In 2011, he was selected to receive the Spirit of Fair Housing Award for his ongoing commitment to fair housing. He was one of the 2009 Celebration of Excellence award recipients from Black Pages Ohio. In 2008, he was the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian award recipient in the category of business. In 2007, he received Summa’s Virgil E. Collins Diversity Award. In 2006, as one of 28 award recipients, he received recognition from the Black Pages for Corporate and Community leaders positively affecting African American life in Summit County. He was also the Chairman for Citizens’ for our Zoo’s future, which led to a successfully levy campaign for the Akron Zoo. He has served on several community-wide committees including the Inaugural Lebron James Bike-a-thon and Business & Health Liaison. In 1999, he was awarded the Summa Health System Caring Award, an award he received through nomination by his peers. He also served as a consultant for the Summit 2010 Project neighborhood strategic plan facilitating the Buchtel Cluster.

Elder DeJournett is a Board of Trustees member of American Heart Association (Chair-elect), Akron Zoo (Secretary), The Love Akron Network (Past-Chairman), Leadership Akron Alumni Association (Secretary), National American Heart Association Diversity Leadership Committee, Work Force Development (Summit-Medina Counties), and the Metro Transit Authority.

Elder DeJournett is married to Charlene A. and their family consists of 4 daughters, 1 son, and 5 grandchildren.

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