Bishop J.T. Cohen, Ph.D.
Raised in the Catholic denomination, he attended private Christian grade school and high school in Philadelphia.
He received the call to ministry in a vision at the age of 11, but rejected it throughout his teen years of rebellion. At the age of 18, he left Philadelphia temporarily, enlisting in the United States Navy as an Inventory Manager, determined to pursue a career in business, but God had another plan.
During a crisis period in his life, Bishop Cohen received his PERSONAL salvation, receiving Jesus Christ as his Savior through the personal ministry of a faithful deacon at Trinity Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL where he was eventually water baptized and discipled.
He finally obeyed the call of God to ministry while living in Jacksonville, FL under the ministry of Bishop Paul D. Zink of New Life Christian Fellowship. Upon successful ministerial internship under the direction of the late Rev. Dr. Harold Vick and graduation from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 1995, he returned to Philadelphia and ministered as an Urban Missionary assisting several inner city Assembly of God ministries and ultimately founding "Master's Commission" which consisted of the Master's Commission Bible Institute, and a short term inner-city urban home missions base.
In 2001, He and his wife founded World Harvest and began conducting evangelism and outreach / mission ministries in multicultural inner city areas domestically and short term missions work internationally.
World Harvest is a parachurch ministry which encompasses their Evangelistic / Outreach, Pastoral, Chaplaincy, Counseling, Preaching, Teaching, and Missions efforts to establish, equip, and edify churches.
With a heart for community ministry, Bishop Cohen is a member of the Philadelphia Police Clergy, the Past President of the Frankford Ministerium, and member of Philadelphia Mayor's Faith Based Advisory Committee.
Formerly licensed as an Assembly of God minister, Rev. Cohen was ordained by the World Harvest Minister's Network under the late Rev. Dr. Lester Sumrall of South Bend, IN.
From 2003 to 2012, Bishop Cohen joined and affiliated his ministries under the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship and served in several capacities such as the Pennsylvania Director of Elders & Ministers, the State Director of Christian Education, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of Christian Education. On the International Level in the Christian Education Department under Bishop Andy C. Lewter, he served as Provost of Academic Affairs, the President of the Full Gospel Baptist Bible Institute (with 4 Branch Campuses in 3 States), the Dean of Students for the Full Gospel Baptist Online Bible College, the Editor of the Theology Digest, and the Vice President of the National Accrediting Association of Theological Schools.
In 2013, Master's Commission was re-birthed as Bible Institute alumni and clergy whom Bishop Cohen mentors gathered to form an alliance, reform the school, and transform relationships resulting in the re-birth of Master's Commission Bible Institute and the launch of Master's Commission International Ministerial Fellowship unto which Dr. Cohen was elected to serve as Presiding Bishop. He was subsequently Consecrated to the Office of Bishop on August 9th 2014.
Bishop Cohen is a 2004 graduate of the Carolina University of Theology, earning a Master of Theology degree with a specialization in Ecclesiology. The Th.M. thesis became the basis for his susequent book, Unwrapped, on the topic of Spiritual Gifts. Bishop Cohen is also a 2012 graduate of the International Bible College and Seminary earning a Ph.D. in Apologetics with a specialization in the worldviews of incarcerated juveniles based upon 3 years of research at the Philadelphia Youth Study Center (the city's juvenile detention center) where he served as the full time Chaplain.
Bishop Cohen has grown the Master's Commission group of ministries in the past several years to include the Master's Commission Bible Institute, the Master's Commission International Ministerial Fellowship, the Master's Commission Urban Community Development Corporation, the Master's Commission Political Action Committee, and Kingdom Builders Radio.
Beyond Master's Commission, Dr. Cohen serves as a Student Success Life Coach at the University of Valley Forge and also as the Bishop of Education and Episcopal Development for the Ecumenical Council of Bishops and Apostolic Leadership.
He is married to his lovely wife, Latoya who is originally from St. Mary, Jamaica. She has a heart to see women set free and children saved. Latoya is a 2003 graduate of the University of Valley Forge with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Standard Teacher Diploma from the Evangelical Training Association.
She has earned a Diploma in Christian Counseling and a Certified Crisis Pregnancy Counseling from the American Association of Christian Counselors.
First Lady Latoya has over 17 years of ministerial experience which includes 6 years of full time employment as a teacher in private Christian schools. She is an Ordained Elder and serves in the ministry with Dr. Cohen as the Executive Administrator of both World Harvest and Master's Commission.
Bishop Cohen's God given mandate is to be a Pastoral resource who develops Ministers and Ministries both spiritually and practically, empowering them to fulfill their call through preaching, teaching, counseling, mentoring, educational resources, and encouraging relationships.
Bible Institute: www.mcbi.edu
International Ministerial Fellowship: www.mcimf.net
Urban Community Development Corporation: www.mcucdc.org
Christian Career Counseling: www.mcccs.net