Since I started out as a worship leader and songwriter, Dennis Jernigan has always been one of my heroes in the ministry. I wrote him a special letter many years ago and have got to meet him on a few occasions, including getting to hear him lead worship at The Pentagon for the National Day of Prayer Breakfast.
Since the early 1990s Christians all over the world have been singing the songs of modern-day psalmist, Dennis Jernigan. His music and ministry, sparked by his lifelong struggle with homosexuality and the healing that came through his relationship with Jesus Christ, have lead him on a remarkable journey of redemption. Now he shares his unbelievable story so that all may have a deeper understanding of God’s love.
In 1981, singer-songwriter Dennis Jernigan walked away from the homosexual lifestyle and decided to follow Jesus Christ. Raised in a Christian home, he identified himself as being gay at a young age and constantly feared the persecution of the church. Years of depression and despair followed as he tried to lead a double life, while secretly battling his temptations. Even after fully embracing his desires, he experienced only more pain and loneliness. Through it all music remained the one thing he could find peace in, and it was through music that God changed him in ways he could have never imagined. After re-dedicating his life to Christ in his mid-twenties, Jernigan was inspired to begin his ministry recording music, sharing his story, and leading others to freedom. Over the next few decades, he would write some of the most popular Christian songs of all time and God would graciously use the torment of his past to bring hope to others.
This is a film about hope, identity, and the transformative power of the Gospel. By telling his story, Jernigan puts forth an example of what God can do in the lives of those who put their trust in Him. Nothing is impossible with God, and He wants to bring healing and freedom to all. Many people let their temptations define who they are, but true identity can only be found in the one who created us. God alone tells us who we are.
Here is the trailer of his new film Sing Over Me:
by Greg Atkinson
Editor of Christian Media Magazine