The tenth of fifteen children of Mrs. Wrender and the late Ernest Jefferson, Sr., Rev. Jefferson was born in Doyline, LA, where he accepted Christ at an early age.
Rev. Dr. Jefferson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Grambling State University in Grambling, LA, and went on to build a strong and diverse graduate level education. Upon leaving Grambling State, Dr. Jefferson immediately enrolled in the University of Dayton, in Dayton, OH, where he earned a Master of Business Administration Degree in Marketing and Finance. He then received a Juris Doctorate of Law from Capital University in Columbus, OH. and a Master of Divinity from Drew University, Madison, NJ.
In 1988 Rev. Jefferson was awarded a fellowship to the prestigious "Sloan Fellows Program" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he completed the Master of Science in Management in 1989. Dr. Jefferson is a member of the New Jersey Bar and American Bar Associations, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
On December 14, 1995, having been led by the Holy Spirit, Rev. Jefferson was called to serve as the third Pastor of the Metropolitan Church, Newark, New Jersey. Previously, Rev. Jefferson served for eleven years as Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Elizabeth, NJ, and was an Associate Minister at the Union Baptist Church in Morristown, NJ and Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, OH.
Dr. Jefferson is happily married to the former Linda Mouton (Moo-ton) of Jennings, LA. They are the proud parents of four beautiful children; Kimberly, David Jr, Lou Ella and Jasmine.