Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson Howard ESQ.
BIOGRAPHY OF REV. DR. JANETTE C. WILSON HOWARD ESQ. Rev. Janette C. Wilson began her career as a chemist, which led to various teaching positions at all levels – from elementary school to college – in the Chicago area, to the legal profession and finally to Christian ministry. Her employment record is as diverse as her educational background. Dr. Wilson has taught schools, served as an environmental chemist, a pump engineer, trial lawyer (for 15 years), hosted a weekly cable television broadcast (for 15 years), administered a union based medical center (for 8 years) and been engaged in the struggle for civil and human rights all of her life. Dr. Wilson has served as Associate Pastor of Grace Calvary United Methodist, and Cosmopolitan Community Church, Associate Pastor for Family Ministry for the 1st Baptist Congregational United Church of Christ in Chicago and currently the Associate Pastor of Leadership Development and Strategic Planning for the Providence MB Church. She recently served as the 1st African American female Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program for United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Wilson is employed as the Manager of School Climate for the Chicago Public Schools. She organized the volunteer legal clinic for the National Rainbow PUSH Coalition Inc. and became its first volunteer director for a number of years. Prior to her employment with the Chicago Public Schools, Rev. Attorney Wilson was the Acting General Counsel for Chicago State University. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Operation PUSH. In this role, she implemented day-to-day operations of the organization, created community development networking programs, and created local and national voter registration and education seminars, and introduced alternative sentencing programs in cooperation with various religious organizations. Rev. Wilson spent most of her adult life as a civil rights advocate. She has utilized her investigative skills developed during her years as an environmental scientist, her negotiating skills developed while practicing as a criminal defense attorney and her conscience as a Christian, to assist minorities in receiving social justice and economic parity. Rev. Wilson’s commitment to youth is unquestionable. She has spent her adult life hiring, mentoring, employing, and establishing internship programs for youth.
Dr. Wilson accepted the call to the ministry in 1994, when she preached her first sermon on October 5, 1994, at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. She was ordained by the Reverend Clay Evans, Pastor of Fellowship, September, 1997. She was awarded a Doctorate of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in May of the same year.
In 1971, Dr. Wilson received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. Four years later, she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Environmental Science/Planning from Governor’s State University and in 1980, received her Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the Illinois Bar the same year.
Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson currently resides with her husband, Rodney, and daughter, Naima, in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Wilson is a member of several civic and religious organizations including: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., various Legal Associations and Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Inc.