You may not recognize the name or the face of Dennis Jernigan, but there is a good chance you know some of his music. Songs like “We Will Worship the Lamb of Glory”, “Thank You”, “Great is the Lord Almighty”, “Who Can Satisfy My Soul (There is a Fountain), “I Belong to Jesus”, “Nobody Fills My Heart Like Jesus”, and “You Are My All in All” have been sung widely by the body of Christ since the early 1990s. Having written hundreds of songs (even though Jernigan does not see himself as a song writer but, rather, a song “receiver”), there is so much more to the man than simply a musician.
Dennis has given a great deal of his life to setting the spiritually captive free. Having walked out of a homosexual identity and into that of a new creation, he is convinced that with God NOTHING is impossible. Through the sharing of his story and the sharing of the stories behind the songs, Dennis Jernigan has watched literally thousands walk out of all manner of spiritual bondage and has watched literally thousands of desperate, wounded people find healing through intimacy with Jesus Christ.
If you lead people to freedom, they WILL worship.
Dennis Jernigan has been married to Melinda for 25 years. Together they have nine children (and no, they are not Mormon or Catholic and the children are not adopted…and yes, they kn ow what causes that…and yes, they like it!). The Jernigans decided a long time ago that Dennis’s first priority was that of husband and father so he never truly toured and they chose not to live in Nashville…not that there’s anything wrong with any of that! This was simply the Jernigan’s mandate from the Lord as they saw it. Perhaps that’s why you do not know who he is. And that’s just fine with him.
The life message of Dennis Jernigan can be summed up in one word. Freedom. That freedom has come with a price. Jernigan was born again through his faith in Jesus Christ…but the reality is that the battle for freedom from the lies of the enemy regarding his past identity has been ongoing. His greatest joy has come in seeking intimacy with Jesus Christ – and in the process, discovering greater depths of freedom than he ever realized. And he wants everyone else to know about the possibility of freedom in their own lives. Just check out his series of testimony videos at YouTube.com/user/dennisjernigan and you’ll see what we mean. Every song, every blog, every video, and every book he has written are all interlaced with the theme and hope and possibility of freedom. And so it is with his latest recording, “Kingdom Come”.
“Kingdom Come” is a collection of 15 songs of freedom from Jernigan’s perspective. The underlying theme of his heart is evident. Jernigan says, “If you lead people to freedom, they WILL worship.”
Simply put, Jernigan reminds us that we are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…and that Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Lord, Your kingdom come. Your will be done…” Dennis asks the question, “What would the Kingdom of God look like if His Kingdom was to come in your marriage? Your finances? Your work? Your worldview? If we truly desire that His kingdom come in our lives we need to look at what that really means. It’s all about relationship. And it’s all about the understanding that God is bigger and more in control than we ever realized. “Kingdom Come” has been my heart-cry since the late 1980s when I used to pray every day and ask the Lord to bring His kingdom way of thinking into every aspect of my life.”
The music contained on the recording “Kingdom Come” is all born out of Jernigan’s own life experience and longing for God’s Kingdom to come and will to be done in his own life…and his hope is that you will find the same encouragement and freedom he has found. Produced by Charlie Hall guitarist Kendall Combes and Passion producer Chris Freels, Jernigan has updated his sound yet maintained the integrity of his calling. Many of these songs are designed for use in corporate and private worship. “Hallelujah! He Reigns in Majesty”, “Come, King Jesus”, “Reign, King Jesus”, “Overwhelm Me”, and “Holy is Your Name” are some of Jernigan’s personal favorites for corporate worship along with the rousing “I Believe” and joyful “How Great is Our God”. You will also find deep songs of ministry from the Father’s heart on the tracks “Rest” and “It’s Gonna Be Alright”. There is also a modern hymn that is one of the jewels of this recording called “There is a King”. In other words, there really is something for everyone.
Dennis Jernigan has answered the call to the Body of Christ. His desire is to lead others into a deeper understanding of God's love for them, and show how to nurture and maintain an intimate relationship with the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit through the salvation of Jesus Christ. Dennis and his wife Melinda, along with their nine children, live on a farm in rural Oklahoma. Their children are: Israel David (married to Dani), Anne Elizabeth, Hannah Faith, Glory Bethel (married to Shaun Thompson), Judah Paul, Galen Marie, Raina Joy, Asa Robert, and Ezra Thomas.