With inspirational vision and enthusiasm, Bishop J. Jasper Wilkins, II serves as the Senior Pastor of Wake Chapel Church Central, located at 3805 Tarheel Club Road (also home of the state-of-the-art Life Enrichment Center) and Wake Chapel Church North, located at 4509 Bland Road in Raleigh, NC.
His visionary leadership, dynamic sermons and riveting sense of humor empower and positively impact thousands of lives on a weekly basis. He models the motto “keep it simple and share a smile.” Wake Chapel has experienced tremendous growth in discipleship, community outreach services and physical facilities during his productive 27-year pastorate.
Bishop Wilkins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human services from Southern New Hampshire University. Subsequently, he pursued theological studies at Yale University and Duke University where the Masters of Divinity was bestowed upon him in 1988. In both memorable beauty and reverence, the Global United Fellowship consecrated and elevated him to the Office of Bishop on April 29, 2016.
His outstanding commitment to community service has garnered him numerous awards and accolades. Due to his extensive contributions to myriad facets of religious, civic, and political life throughout North Carolina and beyond, he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, on June 10, 2016. This prestigious award, conferred by the Governor of North Carolina, ranks as the highest honor the state grants.
He currently serves as a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, President of Wake Media Films, LLC and Executive Producer of the movie There’s My Angel. He is married to Lady Cheryl Renee who effectively and graciously shares in the ministry. They are the proud parents of two sons, John Jasper Wilkins, III, M.D., and Pastor Jared Carlton (Shauna) and four beautiful grandchildren, Makena Faith, Declan Scott, Zoe Grace, and Naomi Hope