Jessica Mahan Perry

My name’s Jessica.  I’m a Worship Arts Pastor, Speaker, Musician, and Consultant from Southern California.

I believe that the most important thing you’ll ever do is build a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I believe that He cares more about that relationship than He does rules.  I believe that God is more concerned about your heart than He is about your race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, or sports affiliation.  I believe that the sad reality is that a lot of Christians give Jesus a bad name because we do a really good job of disqualifying people from relationship with God, something that Jesus never did and never does.  I believe that every single person on this planet has done something that makes us ineligible for a relationship with God, but the beautiful thing about God is that He gives grace to every single person on this planet; all we have to do is take it.  I believe that the best way to live is to live preoccupied with God.  I believe that I don’t have all the answers and that’s okay.

I believe in the San Diego Padres and Chargers, regardless of their inability to have any kind of consistency or reliability in their seasons.  Lastly, I believe that I have the best husband on the planet. (Sorry, ladies.)

Training

  • 14 years of classical piano instruction (including instruction by a Julliard-trained pianist)
  • 10 years of classical and contemporary vocal instruction.
  • BA in Music and Worship Arts from Hope International University (Vocal Emphasis)
  • Blue Ribbon Winner-National Piano Guild
  • Ensemble Director: Sanctified (at HIU)
  • Musical Director: Bye Bye Birdie (at HIU)
  • Pastor of Creative Arts at Valley Christian Church
  • Coursework in Childhood Education, including Children’s Literature and Mathematics
  • Sunday School Teacher/Youth Group Sponsor
  • Accompanist, Performer, Music Coordinator

Statement of Faith

“I may have the gift to speak what God has revealed, and I may understand all mysteries and have all knowledge. I may even have enough faith to move mountains. But if I don’t have love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2 GW)

God
I believe in one infinitely perfect, eternal and personal God, the transcendent Creator and sovereign Sustainer of the universe.  This one God exists eternally and simultaneously as three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  All three persons in the Godhead share equally and completely in power, nature and glory.

Christ
I believe Jesus Christ is both God and true man.  I also believe in the great events leading up to and surrounding Christ’s life and ministry, including: His eternal preexistence, His virgin birth, His attesting miracles, His sinless life, His sacrificial death on the cross, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, and His present work in heaven as High Priest and Advocate.  He will return in glory to resurrect and judge all mankind.

Holy Spirit
I believe the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, coequal with the Father and the Son.  I also believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit in salvation, glorifying Christ, convicting people of their sin, bringing about the restoration of a right relationship with God, and indwelling believers and empowering them for godly living and spiritual service to God.

Scripture
I believe the Bible (the 66 books of the Old and New Testament) is the Word of God.  As a “God-breathed” revelation, it is verbally inspired and completely without error, (historically, scientifically, morally and spiritually) in its original writings.  While God supernaturally directed the writing of the Bible, that writing reflects the words and literary styles of its individual human authors.  Scripture reveals the being, nature and character of God and especially His will for the salvation of human beings through Jesus Christ.  Therefore the Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters that it addresses.

Redemption
I believe God has acted sovereignly to bridge the gap that separates people from Himself.  He sent His Son, born of a virgin, attested by miracles and by a sinless life, to bear the full penalty for humanity’s sin.  Christ suffered and died in the place of sinners, bringing about true reconciliation between God and mankind.  Redemption is solely a work of God’s grace, received through faith in Jesus Christ, and never by works of human merit.

Resurrection
I believe Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, conquering sin, death and all the powers of Satan. The resurrection is God’s historical affirmation and vindication of Christ’s unique identity, mission and message.  Jesus Christ now resides at the right hand of the Father, and lives to indwell all who recognize their sinfulness, who repent and who turn their lives over to His loving authority.

The Church
I believe the church is the spiritual body of Jesus Christ and that it encompasses all true believers at all times and places.  The function of the church is to carry out the Lord’s expressed will through the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the central purposes of the church is to preach the Gospel (both in word and deed), the Good News that people can find hope and salvation from sin through faith in Jesus Christ.  This community of believers is made up of people who are neither perfect nor sinless, but by grace their lives are coming more and more under the control of the Holy Spirit, expressing His love, joy, peace, and other Christ-like qualities.

The Great Commission
I believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. And since Christ has commissioned His people, the Church, to go into all the world to disciple, to baptize, and to teach everyone everywhere to obey His Word, I desire, by His grace, to fulfill our part in reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ.

The Future
I believe Jesus Christ will return to this earth bodily and visibly to establish His glorious Kingdom that will never end.  As the sovereign Lord, He will resurrect and judge all humanity.  Those who have received His offer of life through faith in Him will go to eternal blessings in heaven; those who have rejected Him, to eternal separation from God in hell.  I look forward to, and seek to prepare every person I can for, Christ’s Second Coming in glory.

Who I Am

After several years of experience as a lay worship and ensemble leader, this Preacher’s Kid followed God’s call to vocational ministry at the age of 21. At the time, I was busy earning a ministry degree in Worship Arts from Hope International University that combines music, artistry, and theology.  Despite giving my parents a lot of practice-related headaches in my youth, I love being a musician and using my training in classical and contemporary voice and piano to point people to Jesus.
I think that most people respond to a genuine heart, and with me what you see is what you get. Over the years, I’ve developed a highly-relational approach to ministry that invites people into honest worship.  While I have a passion for multi-generational worship, back-to-basics Bible teaching, speaking, and gadgetry, my greatest joy is being wife to my amazing husband, John, and spending time in the kitchen (#PerryCulinaryMasterpiece).
I also have a deep, deep love for coffee.