Bishop J.D. Means, Sr. a native of Newark, N.J., was reared by his parents, along with his 3 sisters and 6 brothers. Bishop Means sang his first solo at the age of 4. At the age of 10, God anointed his fingers to pursue an untiring musical career and at the age of 11, the Lord anointed him to preach the Gospel. Shortly after, he became phenomenal by becoming the youngest pastor in the state of New Jersey. In 1986 he became the Pastor of The Greater Concord Missionary Baptist Church, where he yet serves as Overseer and Presiding Pastor.
Bishop J.D. Means is married to the lovely Lathia Feon Daniel, a native of Griffin, Ga.
Bishop J.D. Means was licensed by The Greater Concord Missionary Baptist Church and ordained by The Baptist Ministers' Association of New Jersey-the late Rev. Dr. Lucious Phillips/Rev. Dr. C.E. Thomas, Moderators.
Bishop J.D. Means received his education in the Newark Public School System, Northeastern Theological Seminary, Phillips Bible Institute and has acquired and received numerous biblical home study courses, and is yet pursuing his knowledge of biblical studies.
Bishop J.D.Means was consecrated on October 21, 2002 as Vice Presiding Bishop of The Body of Christ International Ministries, and he also serves as Chief Presiding Prelate of One In Spirit Interdenominational Fellowship USA/New Fountain Worldwide Ministries and he also serves on the Ecumenical Board of Bishops for Sounds of Praise Pentecostal Fellowship Ministries Worldwide, Bishop Allen H. Simmons, Sr., Presiding Prelate.
Bishop J.D. Means has preached and worked closely across the length and breadth of this country with several great pulpiteers such as The Late Rev. Dr. Joe Hughes, The Late Rev. Cleophus Robinson Sr., Bishop Richard "Mr. Clean" White, Rev. Timothy Flemming, Rev. Milton Biggham, and The "Son of Thunder" Rev. Dr. Jasper Williams, Jr (Serving as his Vocal Coach), just to name a few.
Bishop J.D. Means, Sr., now serves as Senior Pastor of The Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Newborn, Ga.,
Bishop J.D. Means, Sr., now serves as Presiding Prelate of NBIF of Covenant Churches, Inc. under the leadership of Chief Apostle Melvin Goolsby.