Welcome to The Women of Influence Ministry

Our mission is to reach, teach, mentor and empower the women of our church and community, through the word of God. Our symbol is “the butterfly”.

Each component of our mission represents one of the wings of the butterfly. Collectively the 4 wings provide balance and beauty.
Reaching, Teaching, Empowering and Mentoring

First Lady Jamell Meeks,

For more information, please contact:
Women of Influence Ministry
(773) 371 – 2322


Jamell Meeks

A.R.I.S.E. Entrepreneur Program
A program designed to help individuals become successful entrepreneurs. Each Fall, ARISE provides a 6-7 week training course in which participants learn how to start a new business or grow an existing business. Additionally, ARISE alumni are allowed to showcase their businesses on first Sundays throughout the year at the House of Hope. For additional information contact:  arise@sbcoc.org

Helps teen girls (ages 13-19) to realize and discover their purpose, build healthy relationships and achieve their educational goals. All of this while getting closer to God and having some FUN! Join us and bring a friend! For additional information eEmail us at: chosenones@sbcoc.org

A support group that provides resources, services and inspiration for individuals dealing with the issues of Cancer, HIV/AIDS or Domestic Violence that impact the African American community. If you or someone you may know is in need of our resources or someone to walk with them on their journey please contact us. Confidentiality is guaranteed.For more information email: heart2heartforwomen@yahoo.com

Promotes healthy living through fitness classes, fund raising walks, cooking demonstration, free medical testing, and more!  For more information contact: woi@sbcoc.org

Designed to provide support, assistance, and community for single mothers with children under 18 years of age.  For more information email us at: thevillage@sbcoc.org

A platform to discuss and teach on topics and issues that affect single women. For more information contact: woi@sbcoc.org

Sister 2 Sister Ministry enhances the lives of women  18+ by bestowing spiritual wisdom and facilitating their growth by sharing resources, experiences, and networks. For 2018, the ministry is excited to continue to inspire and celebrate Sisterhood. We are looking for mentees to help grow our ministry. We have trained mentors ready to serve our sisters. If you know of anyone who needs a mentor, please have them call us at 773-371-2387 or email us at: sister2sister@sbcoc.org.

Jamell Meeks, A Woman of Influence!

Reaching, Teaching, Empowering and Mentoring

Jamell Meeks is Director of Women’s Ministries for the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, under the leadership of her husband, Reverend Senator James T. Meeks. A shining example of a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she is nationally known as a powerful leader with a gentle spirit. Jamell is a graduate of the historic, Bishop College in Dallas, Texas.

Jamell Meeks is a visionary. As Director of “Women of Influence”, she directs ministry projects and activities for more than 12,000 women. In 2002, Jamell developed the nationally recognized A.R.I.S.E Entrepreneur Program, a 6-week training program designed to cultivate entrepreneurs. In 2006, under her leadership, Salem Baptist Church of Chicago presented its first annual walkathon, “Two Causes, One Walk”, in support of breast cancer and HIV/AIDS awareness and education, which, to date, has raised more than $100,000 to support community agencies. Since its inception, the walkathon has expanded to support domestic violence causes, making it “Three Causes, One Walk”. Jamell’s latest innovation is The “Lite” Club, a one-year women’s health and fitness program.

Jamell challenges women to become leaders, helping them to discover and cultivate their unique purposes in life. Her unwavering faith in God continues to fuel her mission—to inspire women of all ages to live a life grounded by faith, guided by purpose, and motivated by infinite possibilities.

She and her husband are the proud parents of four children and four grandchildren.