Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff

Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff has served on the pastoral staff at  Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem under the Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker, Pastor Emeritus since 1998; now under Reverend Dr. Thomas D. Johnson, Sr. Reverend DeGraff also served as Executive Adjunct to the President of the prestigious Hampton University Ministers’ conference, under Reverend Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook (Rev. SuJay).


In a room full of 100 Black Men, Rev. Jacques DeGraff stands out. His calm demeanor and air of approachable knowledge identify him as a person you want to meet…

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A much sought after speaker, he is also a contributor on Fox News, and has been featured in The New York Times in articles on the Black church and men’s activism….


Reverend DeGraff’s thoughtful analysis and witty commentary has earned him praise with pundits and guest appearances on local and national TV and radio programs…

Canaan Baptist Church of Christ Harlem, NY

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NY TIMES: Awaiting God’s Decision

As the new chairman of the 17-member pastoral search committee, which included deacons, trustees and regular church members, the Rev. Jacques Andre De Graff gave the ministers hints on how best to win over Canaanites, as church members call themselves.

“My observation has been that the only way you can do this is to be yourself, and not look at this as a job interview,” said Mr. De Graff, a former campaign manager for the Rev. Al Sharpton, as he sat last month beneath the serene gaze of Dr. King in the chapel named in his honor. “The first time everybody came to wow us. They all tried too hard.”

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