Reverend Jack D. Fields Sr. is a gifted preacher and teacher who has ministered throughout the United States and abroad. His ministry brings a radically relevant message of salvation, sanctification, social responsibility, personal integrity, and spiritual transformation, through Christ-centered teaching and preaching and a radical passion to reach the lost. Reverend Fields was born and raised in Uvalda, GA and he is the tenth child of twelve children born to Robert Fields & Bertha Louise Fields (deceased. Reverend Fields is happily married to Carol L. Fields, a native of Uvalda, GA, who serves with him in ministry and also works in Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, TX. The Fields have three beautiful daughters Khiara, Daesia, and Briana (Fort Valley State graduate); and two sons Jack Jr (Boise State Graduate) and Joshua Fields (University of Texas at El Paso) incoming freshman.
He was educated in the Montgomery County public school system, and graduated from Montgomery County High School. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Army; he served 24 years and (Retired) in 2010. During Operation Iraqi Freedom he received the Bronze Star Medal (BSM) and Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). During Operation Iraqi Freedom he was awarded the Valorous Unit Award (VUA) it is the second highest United States military unit decoration which may be bestowed upon a military unit after the Presidential Unit Citation (PUC).
The VUA is awarded by the United States Army to units of the United States Armed Forces or co belligerent nations which display extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States on or after 3 August 1963. The unit degree of heroism required is considered the equivalent of the individual degree of heroism required for the Silver Star which is awarded for gallantry in action. He was awarded his second Volunteer Service Award and the Fort Bliss Family Volunteer of the year in 2009. In 2008, he received the Equal Opportunity Most Outstanding Leader award during Class 01-09 voted on by his peers.
He is the Senior Pastor of Visitors Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, El Paso, Texas. Pastor Fields has served in the pastoral ministry for 19 years. Under his leadership motto, “If God Can’t Do It, It Can’t Be Done” the church has made significant strides in community involvement. The dynamic impact of this church is felt through Evangelism and Outreach Services throughout the community.
Also, he was appointed and served as the Chair of Communications and Publicity of the El Paso National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Reverend Fields is highly concerned with local, state, and national politics. He believes in Criminal Justice Reform, making college affordable, reducing standardized testing, attracting, recruiting, and retaining high quality teachers, healthcare reform, voting rights, eliminating poverty, streamlining the Veterans Administration, and providing adequate care to homeless veterans.
Reverend Fields community activism led him to coach the Horizon City Scorpions Football and Basketball thirteen and under teams. This outreach program has help kids understand the importance of team work and discipline. He spearheaded the curriculum centered on fundamental skill sets needed to succeed in the team sports of football and basketball. More importantly, these children are also taught core values such as respect, integrity, honesty, and compassion. He challenged his teams to excel in academics by scoring above average on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Test (TAKS). In 2012, 95 percent of his players received a commendable rating on their TAKS Test. These are the building blocks that will shape their foundation and help them succeed in life.
Pastor Fields is a true education advocate. He served as the Team Chaplain for the Americas High School Football Team (El Paso Texas). He consistently mentored the Americas High School Football Team regarding the art of making smart decisions on and off the field. He is an integral part of Education & Youth Advocacy (academic, spiritual, social, and athletics) of children.
Also, during his military duty at Fort Bliss, Texas, he volunteered countless hours working with the Partners in Education program at Edgemere Elementary. Additionally, he worked weekly to mentor at-risk youth and in conjunction with the Edgemere Elementary school counselor; they devised, planned, and implemented a detailed curriculum comprised of lesson plans based on the TAKS test which contributed significantly to the higher scores earned by these students.
More importantly, Reverend Fields is “a man that seeks after the very heart of God, lives a life of integrity, serves with the passion and compassion of Christ, and is driven by the Spirit of God.”
Reverend Fields’ lifelong goal is to employ the Christian faith to improve the lives of people through academia, ministry and social advocacy.