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,
Director

For more information, please contact:
Women of Influence Ministry
woi@sbcoc.org
(773) 371 – 2322

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F.W.O. (For Women Only)
is a quarterly event set aside for rejoicing, encouraging and discussing issues that are important to women.

A.R.I.S.E. Entrepreneur Program
(To Actively Raise and Inspire People to Successfully Build Businesses with Excellence) is a program designed to help individuals become successful entrepreneurs. The program features a 6-week training course in which participants learn how to start a new business or grow an existing business. The program concludes with a Business Expo & Career Fair, which provides a platform for the official launch of the new A.R.I.S.E. businesses.

“THE VILLAGE” – For PREGNANT or  PARENTING TEENS?
“The Village” is a ministry for pregnant or parenting teens, ages 10 – 19. The ministry is designed to provide resources, support, and assistance, and guidance to teens facing the challenges associated with being a young parent. Orientation & Registration will be held on Saturday, October 20th, 2012, 12pm – 2pm,  10909 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Room 104.  For more information, you may contact us: thevillage@sbcoc.org or (773) 371-2300, ext. 462.

Zumba 6 week exercise class
promotes health and fitness among the women of Salem, and introduces the value of exercise, healthy eating, and weight management. Participants receive a year long membership, including fitness club discounts, weekly walking groups, and quarterly group activities.

“THREE CAUSES, ONE WALK” WALKATHON
supports solutions for breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence. These silent killers are devouring our people, especially women. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among African- American women, exceeded only by lung cancer. HIV is the leading cause of death for black women aged 25-34 years. Fifty percent of female homicides and manslaughters are victims of domestic violence. In three years, we have raised more than $130,000 to offer greater support to agencies that are at the forefront of the fight against these three deadly diseases.

HEART 2 HEART
Ministry provides resources, services, support, and inspiration for individuals dealing with the issues of Cancer, HIV/AIDS or Domestic Violence the impact the African American community. Confidentiality is guaranteed.

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 one grandchild.