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David Jeremiah
Jeremiah in 2011
Born (1941-02-13) February 13, 1941 (age 83)
Toledo, Ohio, United States
EducationDallas Theological Seminary (MTh)
Cedarville University (BA)
Occupation(s)Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
Founder, Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries
PredecessorTim LaHaye
Donna Thompson
(m. 1963)
Children4 (Janice Dodge, David Michael Jeremiah, Jennifer Sanchez, Daniel Jeremiah)
Parent(s)Rev. Dr. James T. Jeremiah (father)
Ruby Jeremiah (mother)

David Jeremiah (born February 13, 1941) is an American evangelical Christian author, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego.[1][2]


David Paul Jeremiah was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1941 to Ruby and James T. Jeremiah.[3][4] At age eleven, his family, which also included his three siblings, moved to Dayton, Ohio, when his father became the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church.[3][4] Then in 1953, the family made the move to Cedarville, Ohio, when his father became the new president of Cedarville College (now Cedarville University).[3][5][6][4][7]

Jeremiah earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cedarville College in 1963, and that same year he married his college sweetheart, Donna Thompson.[3][4] He went on to receive a Master's degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary (1967) and completed additional graduate work at Grace Seminary (1972).[3][4] Cedarville presented him with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1981.[3][8]

In 1969, Jeremiah founded Blackhawk Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Blackhawk Christian School in 1973.[3][9] That same year, he also developed and launched The Bible Hour, gaining experience with using televised mass-media to share the Gospel.[3] In the 12 years he was senior pastor at Blackhawk, the congregation size grew from seven families to 1,300 members.[3]

In 1981, the Jeremiah family, which now included four children, moved to Southern California, where David Jeremiah succeeded Tim LaHaye as the senior pastor at Scott Memorial Baptist Church (now Shadow Mountain Community Church).[3][10] Jeremiah's leadership of the church has led it to become affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and expand to nine satellite locations that include Hispanic and Arabic congregations.[3][10] The main campus of the church has become home to the Southern California Seminary and Christian Unified Schools of San Diego, a K-12 Christian school district.[3][11][12]

In 1982, Jeremiah founded Turning Point for God, a multi-media broadcast ministry.[3][13] With the mission to deliver the unchanging Word of God to an ever-changing world, Turning Point’s radio and television program began with local influence, developed national influence through television by 2000, and has since become an international leader in the world of broadcast ministry.[13] Jeremiah has won numerous awards over the years through the Turning Point program, including the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Hall of Fame Award and the NRB President’s Award in 2020.[14][15]

In 1994 and again in 1998, Jeremiah was diagnosed with lymphoma.[16] In 1999, a nodule was surgically removed from his neck and he underwent stem cell transplant therapy.[16] The story of his experiences during that season are recorded in his book, When Your World Falls Apart.[17][16]

In addition to pastoring Shadow Mountain Community Church and leading Turning Point for God, Jeremiah is an author and speaks frequently at conferences, conventions, and universities, as well as at the chapels for professional basketball and football teams.[3]

David and Donna Jeremiah have four grown children and are the grandparents of twelve grandchildren.[3][1][2] Jeremiah’s oldest son, David Michael, is the president of Turning Point and the anchor voice of the radio program.[18] Jeremiah’s other son, Daniel, is a former NFL scout, and now works as an analyst with the NFL Network.[19][20]




Awards and honors

Awards & Honors
1985 San Diego Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy for outstanding programming in the religious category
1998 The Gold Medallion Award for Prayer the Great Adventure[21][22]
1999 The National Religious Broadcasters’ Broadcaster of the Year Award[23][22][24]
Nominated for a Gold Medallion Book Award for Jesus’ Final Warning[21]
2000 North Carolina Christian Radio Stations Award of Excellence in Christian Radio Ministry
Pacific Southwest Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in the religious program category
2002 Western Chapter of National Religious Broadcasters’ Award of Merit for Excellence in Broadcasting and Faithfulness in Service[22][24]
2003 The Gold Medallion Award for My Heart's Desire, Integrity[21][22]
2005 Nominated for a Gold Medallion Book Award and the Jordan Christian Book of the Year Award for Searching for Heaven[21]
2006 National Religious Broadcasters’ Media Award for Best Radio Teaching Program
2007 G. Campbell Morgan Preaching Award
Nominated for the ECPA Medallion of Excellence Award for Captured by Grace[21]
2009 Recipient of a 2009 Retailers Choice Award in the category of Church & Culture for What in the World is Going On?[21]
2010 Recipient of a 2010 Retailers Choice Award in the category of Christian Living for Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World.
2012 Served as Honorary Chairman of National Day of Prayer Task Force[25]
2019 Recipient of The Illumination Book Awards, Silver award in Spirituality for Ever Faithful.[26]
2020 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Hall of Fame Award and NRB President’s Award[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "HarperCollins Christian Publishing – Author, Dr. David Jeremiah". HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  2. ^ a b " – David Jeremiah". Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Biography of Dr. David Jeremiah". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  4. ^ a b c d e "SCS – David Jeremiah Th.M., D.Div". 2019-05-21. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  5. ^ "History of Cedarville University". Cedarville University. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  6. ^ "Past Cedarville Presidents". Cedarville University. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  7. ^ Belliveau, G.K. (1999). Say to This Mountain: The Life of James T. Jeremiah. Regular Baptist Press. ISBN 978-0-87227-201-9.
  8. ^ Biography of Dr. David Jeremiah at
  9. ^ "History of Blackhawk Christian school". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  10. ^ a b "Shadow Mountain Community Church". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  11. ^ "SCS – About". 2019-08-11. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  12. ^ "About – Christian Unified Schools". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  13. ^ a b "About Us page for Turning Point". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  14. ^ a b NRB. "NRB Hall of Fame". NRB. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  15. ^ a b NRB (2020-03-19). "John MacArthur, David Jeremiah Receive NRB President's Award". NRB. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  16. ^ a b c Jeremiah, David (2004). When your world falls apart. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson. ISBN 0-8499-0436-6. OCLC 56910451.
  17. ^ Jeremiah, David (February 2002). A Bend in the Road: Experiencing God When Your World Caves In. ISBN 0-8499-4333-7.
  18. ^ "Turning Point – The New Voice of Turning Point Radio". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  19. ^ "Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah joins". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  20. ^ " | Daniel Jeremiah". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Books Written by Dr. David Jeremiah". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  22. ^ a b c d "What in the World Is Going On? 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore - DTS Voice". Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  23. ^ "RightNow Media At Work". RightNow Media At Work. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  24. ^ a b "Premier Christian Radio – Presenter, David Jeremiah". Premier Christian Radio. 2021-12-03. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  25. ^ "2012 Honorary Chairman, Dr. David Jeremiah". National Day of Prayer Task Force. Retrieved 2021-12-03.
  26. ^ "2019 Medalists – Illumination Book Awards". Retrieved 2021-12-03.