Executive Director & lead pastor
Pastor Jared Michael was born in Michigan, but moved to Baltimore when his father was called to pastor a church on the Westside of Baltimore. From a young age, he felt a call to give his life to serving the people of Baltimore. The idea for CityBeat was birthed when Jared heard a sermon by Pastor Matthew Barnett of the Los Angeles Dream Center. From that point on, Jared wanted to see an organization that reached out to the broken people in Baltimore to give them hope. Pastor Jared studied at James River Leadership College in Springfield, Missouri, and is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. Jared and his wife, Ashley, just got married in May 2018!
Executive Director of Operations
Johnny grew up in Towson, Maryland and graduated in 2012 from Southeastern University with a B.S. in Film Studies. After graduating, he worked for various television shows, such as The Last Alaskans, Say Yes to the Dress, Last Comic Standing, and more. Johnny has always had a heart for ministry, specifically using creativity to share the Gospel in new ways. In January 2016, Johnny decided to move away from the television industry to work for CityBeat full-time as our Executive Director of Operations. From videos to social media to the logistics behind all of our ministries, Johnny helps bring a fresh perspective to the table, and has a huge heart for making Jesus' name famous throughout Baltimore.
Director of philanthropy
Taylor is a recent graduate of Towson University, studying Family and Human Services with a concentration in non-profits. Taylor has had a heart to work for a non-profit since he went on a visit to the Los Angeles Dream Center in 2014. Taylor currently runs our Adopt-A-Blocks, handling volunteers and logistics for all of these events. Taylor's love for the community and for people is evident, and he has been an amazing asset to our team.
director of volunteer engagement
In 2013, Janelle began working as an intern with the Atlanta Dream Center, focusing on their anti-trafficking ministry, “Out of Darkness,” for two and half years. In 2015, she went out to Los Angeles as part of a YYAM DTS where she learned the fundamentals needed to take a stand against commercial sexual exploitation locally and globally. Her passion is to see God shine light in the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland in Commercial Sexual Exploitation.