Jentezen Franklin

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Jentezen Franklin
Born (1962-07-21) July 21, 1962 (age 53)
Wilson, North Carolina, US
Residence permanent in Gainesville, Georgia and Irvine, California, U.S.
Occupation Pastor, speaker, writer and musician
Religion Pentecostal Christianity
Spouse(s) Cherise Franklin
Children Courteney, Caressa, Caroline, Conner, Drake.

Jentezen Franklin (born July 21, 1962) is the senior pastor of Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia and Free Chapel OC (Orange County) in Irvine, California. Franklin is the author of New York Times best sellers, Right People, Right Place, Right Plan and Fasting. His ministry extends internationally through the televised broadcast, Kingdom Connection, which is seen on television networks such as TBN and The Church Channel.[1]


Jentezen Franklin is one of five children born to Billy and Katie Franklin. His father died in 1991, and his mother remains actively involved in Franklin's church, Free Chapel. His mother is one of twenty-seven children in the Stone family of Wilson, North Carolina. He has two older brothers, Doyle & Richie Franklin, and two younger sisters, Jennifer and Jill. Early in his career, Franklin traveled as an evangelistic team with his elder brother, Richie, who died, December 1, 2012. Franklin and his wife, Cherise, married in September 1987, and together they have five children: Courteney, Caressa, Caroline, Connar, and Drake.[2]

Jentezen Franklin studied tenor saxophone under Frank Mayes at Atlantic Christian College in his hometown of Wilson, North Carolina. Jentezen, along with his brother, Richie, played in the college Jazz Band. Jentezen quit college after his brother graduated and pursued the ministry under the guidance of his father.

On his way to a musical career as a saxophone player, Jentezen felt led by God to become an evangelist.[3] Prior to becoming the senior pastor of Free Chapel (which is affiliated with the Congregational Holiness Church[4]), Jentezen Franklin had visited the church annually as a Church of God evangelist.[3] When Roy Wellborn, the church's senior pastor, died, Franklin had been scheduled to preach. In 1989, Jentezen became the senior pastor of Free Chapel, which was made up of a small congregation of about 300 people. In 2004, the church moved to its current location, which has a 3,000 seat auditorium. In 2007, Jentezen Franklin opened the second Free Chapel Church in Irvine, California. On August 5, 2007, the church held its first service with about 163. Since that day, the Free Chapel Orange County has radically expanded, and now serves thousands weekly.[3]

Forward Conference[edit]

Forward is an annual student conference hosted by Franklin's church since 2004. It is held every year in both Atlanta, Georgia and Irvine, California.

Year Theme Featured Artists Featured Speakers Special Notes
Year Theme Featured Artists Featured Speakers Special Notes
  • Jentezen Franklin
  • Ed Young
  • Phil Dooley
Year Theme Featured Artists Featured Speakers Special Notes
Year Theme Featured Artists Featured Speakers Special Notes
Year Theme Featured Artists Featured Speakers Special Notes

Move Forward

  • Jentezen Franklin
  • Judah Smith
  • Reggie Dabbs
  • Christine Caine
  • Carl Lentz
  • First live recording produced by Israel Houghton
Year Theme Featured Artists Featured Speakers Special Notes
  • Break the Static

First year to feature dual sites for conference on East Coast (EC) and West Coast (WC)

Year Theme Featured Artists Featured Speakers Special Notes

Published works[edit]

  • Fasting: (Volume I) Private Discipline That Brings Public Reward (2004)
  • Fasting: (Volume II) Opening A Door To God's Promises (2005)
  • The Amazing Discernment of Women: Learning to Understand Your Spiritual Intuition And God's Plan for It (2006)
  • Right People, Right Place, Right Plan (2007) (publisher's page)
  • Right People, Right Place, Right Plan Devotional: 30 Days of Discerning the Voice of God (2008) (publisher's page)
  • Fasting: Opening the door to a deeper, more intimate, more powerful relationship with God (2008)
  • Fasting Journal: Your Personal 21-Day Guide to a Successful Fast (2008)
  • Believe That You Can (2008)
  • Fear Fighters: How to Live with Confidence in a World Driven by Fear (2009)
  • The Fasting Edge: Recover your passion. Recapture your dream. Restore your joy. (2011)
  • The Spirit of Python: Exposing Satan's Plan to Squeeze the Life Out of You (2013)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Free Chapel Media". Free Chapel. 2009-01-17.
  2. ^ About Jentezen Franklin
  3. ^ a b c Blackwood, Harris (March 6, 2008). "Jentezen Franklin: 2 coasts, 1 message". Gainesville Times. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ Congregational Holiness Church. "Where We Are". Accessed June 13, 2011.

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