Benita Valerie Jarrett
January 16, 1950 – October 9, 2020
I was born on January 16, 1950 to Curtis and Ella Lewis. During the Easter time of 1957, I professed a faith in Yeshua and was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church. I attended Forestville Elementary School and graduated from Harlan High School in June 1967. I loved my high school days, even though I was initially very shy, I started to blossom. I decided to become a professional nurse and with the encouragement of my mother, I became one of the first African American registered nurses with a B.S. from De Paul University.
On Sept. 12, 1971, I married John Patrick Glynn Jr. and together we had three children: Kathleen Therese, John Patrick, III and Kimberly Michele. I thank God for my grandchildren: Mario Frankie Head Jr., Kristina Larrieux Stallings and Christopher Anthony Usher. Later on in September 21, 1990, I married James Jarrett, Jr; we enjoyed life together for more than 20 years.
I enjoyed a long professional nursing career, working several hospitals on the north side of Chicago in various administrative capacities. We later moved to the Southside of Chicago, there I worked at LaRabida Jackson Park and St. Luke - Presbyterian as a case manager for home health. During those years, I noticed that I had been blessed with a healing touch, so I continued in this ministry for more than 30 years. I later decided to work for the Board of Education, so I transitioned into the field of education at Mercer University.
During 1980, I sensed a formal call to the ministry and answered it by attending McCormick Theological Seminary. I received my M.Div., and later my Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick. During that time, I served as assistant pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church and youth pastor at several United Methodist Churches. In 1986, I founded Agape Koinonia Ministries, which was a religious organization that advocated for the rights of persons with aids and their families. I continued my healing ministry and work as an evangelist until February 2010. I became the organizer, and senior pastor of Agape Fellowship Church in Loganville, Georgia. We continue the ministry of spreading the Good News of Salvation comfort the lonely, support those who are needy and imprisoned. I taught at DeKalb County Schools and then transferred to Walton County Schools. There, I enjoyed working with low achieving students, ESOL and encouraging them to become all the Lord wants them to become. The legacy of ministry continues with my family. I leave a host of relatives and cousins besides my children and grandchildren to work until Yeshua comes back. To God be the honor and glory, all praises go to Him and Him alone. Hallelujah!
Friday, October 16, 2020
Benita Valerie Jarrett
October 20, 2020
To entire Jarrett Family,
Praying for you from McCormick Theological Seminary. Dr. Benita was a great woman of God. We are so proud of her legacy.
Rev. Anita Crittenden
October 17, 2020
Benita was my first cousin and we grew very close in recent years . I knew her to be funny, lively and always smiling. She loved our family and was a great connector. She pursued you and let you know that she was thinking of you and that she loved you.
Benita walked with God and loved the LORD with all of her heart.
I know that she walks in glory now and is praying for us all.
With her passing the memory of her laughter and also her serious talks will linger in our hearts.
Fridays won't be the same without her getting her curry goat for lunch. She has taken on immortality and will be missed.
I will see her again in glory but till then I will hold her memory in my heart.
October 16, 2020
Precious Woman of God. Strong Prayer Warrior. Teacher. These are a few descriptions that fit Dr. Jarrett. Friend to Jesus, rest in the glory of God.
October 12, 2020
I will always remember Benita as a woman of strong faith. Many times she shared her Christian values in Ruth Circle meetings. She had a deep love of Jesus, her granddaughter and grandson and willingly shared them all for a brief time at Westminster Presbyterian. Rest In Peace my friend.