Dennis Jernigan

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Dennis Jernigan
Dennis Jernigan in concert, Woodland, California, June 2001
Background information
Born (1959-02-09) February 9, 1959 (age 59)
OriginSapulpa, Oklahoma, U.S.
GenresContemporary Christian Music
Years active1989–present

Dennis Jernigan is a singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music. He is native to Oklahoma, and headquarters a music-based Christian ministry from there. Jernigan now lives in Muskogee, Oklahoma with his wife and their nine children. Jernigan is a self-identified ex-gay, and has been married to his wife for more than 30 years.

Jernigan is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University.


A primary source of inspiration for Jernigan's message and music is an experience he describes as his deliverance from homosexuality. Jernigan states that this began during a 2nd Chapter of Acts concert in Norman, Oklahoma.[1][2] Jernigan believes his prior identification as homosexual was related to an erroneous childhood perception that he had been rejected by his father.

Following the experience at the concert, Jernigan developed a ministry based on his personal experience, which he shares at churches and other locations around the world. He has also campaigned against the proposed Hate Crimes Bill (H.R. 1592), saying that the legislation's passage would strip him of his right to speak freely about his self-identification as ex-gay.[3] However, in a concert at Wynne Baptist Church, Jernigan stated that he does not wish to be labeled as "ex-gay," but instead as "reborn" or as "[God's] new creation."

Jernigan voluntarily resigned his position as vice-chairman from Exodus International in June 2012 after it was revealed that he appeared (inadvertently or otherwise) to be a supporter of anti-sodomy laws in Jamaica - a country long known to be violently dangerous for homosexual people.[4]

Creative collaborations[edit]

Jernigan has recorded with Natalie Grant, Twila Paris, Ron Kenoly and Rebecca St. James.


  • See the King (1988)
  • Lift Up the Standard (1988)
  • At The Name Of Jesus (1988)
  • We Are The Army (1989)
  • There's Coming a Day (1991)
  • Break My Heart, O God (1991)
  • Let It Rain (1992)
  • I Belong to Jesus Vol I & II (1993)
  • Free to Praise – the songs of Dennis Jernigan as recorded by the Metro Voices (1993)
  • Like Christmas All Year 'Round (1994)
  • Rompe Mi Corazon (Spanish Language ‘Break My Heart, O God’) (1995)
  • I Will Trust You (1995)
  • Hallelujah! Christ Jesus is Born (Christmas Musical) (1995)
  • Celebrate Living (1996)
  • A Mystery of Majesty (1997)
  • David (1999)
  • This Is My Destiny (1999)
  • Help Me To Remember (2000)
  • Worshipper's Collection, Vol. 1 (I Belong To Jesus Vol. 1 & 2) (2000)
  • Worshipper's Collection, Vol. 2 (I Will Trust You & Break My Heart) (2000)
  • Worshipper's Collection, Vol. 3 (Let It Rain & There's Coming A Day) (2000)
  • Worshipper's Collection, Vol. 4 (Daddy's Song & No Life Too Small) (2000)
  • Songs of Ministry (2000)
  • We Will Worship (Worship Musical)(2000)
  • I Surrender (2001)
  • Giant Killer: Heart Like David (includes 2nd CD - The Collection Vol. 1) (2002)
  • Enter In - 12 new songs of Praise & Worship from New Community Church (2002)
  • Jernigan Family Christmas (2003)
  • I Salute You (2004)
  • Songs of Freedom for Women (2005)
  • Songs of Freedom for Men (2005)
  • Hands Lifted High (2005)
  • Daddy's Song (re-release) (2005)
  • I Will Be There (2006)
  • Carols Made New (2007)
  • I Cry Holy (2007)
  • Kingdom Come (2008)
  • Live at White Oak DVD (2010)
  • Forty Days & Forty Nights (2010)
  • Here In Your Presence (2010)
  • Hymns I (2011)
  • Days of Awe (2013)
  • First Love (2016)

See also[edit]

Ex-gay movement


  1. ^ Jernigan's testimony: A Broken Heart c/o
  2. ^ OBU
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Exodus International Releases New Policy Statement On the Criminalization of Homosexuality".

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