Meet The Pastor

Dr. Jacob L. Chatman was born in Patterson, Georgia, and reared in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a committed Christian, Educator, Preacher and Pastor. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry, February 1960.

His educational preparation includes: BS Degree, Florida Memorial College, St. Augustine, Florida; Master of Divinity Degree, Eastern Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a Doctor of Education Degree, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. He holds more than 60 citations and service awards including, “The Most Outstanding Young Man of America Award.”

Dr. Jacob L Chatman has been the Senior Pastor of Pinn Memorial Baptist Church since 1993.  Prior to accepting the call to Pinn he pastored the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Springfield, Ohio for 13 years and prior to that, he pastored the Second Baptist Church, Coatesville, Pennsylvania for 14 years.

In Coatesville, he served as President of Coatesville Area Interfaith Ministerium; Member of the Chester County Health and Welfare Council; Member of the Coatesville Rotary Club; and Trustee of three major boards: Coatesville YMCA, Coatesville Hospital and Cheyney State Teachers College. He also served as Director of the Center of Counseling and Academic Support Services and Consultant in Student Affairs and Long Range Curriculum Planning at Eastern College, St. David's, Pennsylvania. He is presently serving on the Board of Governors of Palmer Theological Seminary and is a member of the Governors Board of Eastern University. 

At St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Chatman’s leadership and outreach ministries was expanded to include: A Food Pantry; Counseling; Dial-A-Prayer; Foundation Plaza, a 202 Rehabilitation Housing Program; building expansion to accommodate a growing educational and service program; housing the Head Start Program; Senior Citizen Ministries. 

Since coming to Philadelphia and the pastorate of Pinn Memorial Baptist Church, Dr. Chatman has established numerous new church and community programs including establishing a Katrina Fund in support   of the Pleasant Zion Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana

Dr. Chatman’s professional experience is undergirded with a wide range of travel experiences including a number of trips to the Caribbean, Middle East, Western Europe and West Africa.

God has indeed blessed Pinn Memorial Baptist Church in placing Dr. Jacob L. Chatman as the shepherd of our flock.  And God has blessed him with his wife of 50 plus years, Etty A. McCalla Chatman and their two children, Mario and Rosenda.