Rev. James T. Meeks is the founder and senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, the largest African-American church in Illinois with more than 20,000 members. In 2002, Rev. Meeks was elected to the Illinois State Senate, which he considers an extension of his ministry to those in need. He is the author of two books, “How To Get Out of Debt and Into Praise” and “Life-Changing Relationships.”
During Bible Class on Feb. 6, at the House of Hope, 752 E. 114th Street, Chicago, Pastor James T. Meeks of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago told his congregation that he was ready to bind the spirit of violence.
After 41 people were killed in Chicago during the month of January, he suggested that in February, Chicago “turn those numbers around” — instead of 41, he said, let’s pray that no more than 14 people would be killed in the month of February.
On March 1, news and police reports confirmed that only 14 people were killed during February 2013. The 14 murders in February were the fewest in Chicago recorded in a month since 1957.