Member Spotlight: Chosen People Ministries

Chosen People MinistriesFor more than a century, Chosen People Ministries has endeavored to pray for, evangelize, disciple, and serve Jewish people everywhere and to help fellow believers do the same.

Chosen People Ministries was founded in 1894 in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, by Rabbi Leopold Cohn shortly after he received Jesus as his Messiah. The first issue of its monthly newsletter, The Chosen People, was published in October 1895.

After a few years, the ministry, then known as the Mission, moved its headquarters to Williamsburg (Brooklyn), and then to Manhattan, where the Mission changed its name to American Board of Missions to the Jews to reflect the wider scope of its work. In the 1980s, the ministry changed its name to Chosen People Ministries.

In 1997, Dr. Mitch Glaser, a New York native and Messianic Jew, became president of Chosen People Ministries. Today, the ministry maintains its international headquarters in New York City, and operates in more than 20 cities in North America and in 16 countries around the globe, including Israel, where the ministry has its largest footprint outside of New York City.

The ministry’s missionaries connect with individual Jewish people and try to build relationships with those seeking the Lord. Evangelism is the heartbeat of the ministry, as it has been since its founding, and every year it leads outreach programs and events specifically designed for reaching Jewish people with the Gospel.

Chosen People Ministries also seeks to utilize new means of communication to reach Jewish people through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The ministry has a thriving online campaign called Isaiah 53, and it also helped produce online English and Hebrew-language testimonies that have been viewed by millions of Jewish and Gentile seekers alike.

“The Lord is doing a mighty work through Chosen People Ministries,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president & CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters. “The ministry is committed to the Great Commission, and is incredibly effective in reaching people for the Messiah, especially Jewish people, who hold a special place in God’s history.”

Chosen People Ministries reports that it is able to reach more Jewish people than ever before through the web and has seen many Jewish people come to the Lord. The ministry disciples each individual personally and through its congregations. The ministry also engages with local Jewish communities through Messianic Centers - facilities that the ministry rents or owns. Located in key Jewish population centers, the centers house the ministry’s Bible studies, outreach events, services, and administration. They also serve as the ministry’s base in the community. Some of the ministry’s Messianic Centers are in New York, Los Angeles, South Florida, London, Berlin, Moscow, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.

The ministry also plants and serves as leaders of Messianic Congregations - places of worship where both Jewish and Gentile believers can fellowship together in a Jewish context. The ministry has helped launch dozens of Messianic Congregations around the world.

Another key ministry of Chosen People Ministries is to engage and train local churches for Jewish evangelism. The ministry has made it a priority to develop and offer resources for churches to help believers discover the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and understand the need for Jewish evangelism. It continually develops tools and helps equip churches with practical ways for congregants to share Jesus with Jewish people in their communities.

To find out more about Chosen People Ministries, email, visit, call 212-223-2252 (Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time), or mail its International Headquarters - Chosen People Ministries; 241 E. 51st St.; New York, NY 10022.

If you are attending Proclaim 18, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, also consider attending the ministry's special sponsored event on Wednesday, February 28, 3:30-5:00 p.m. The invitation-only event will feature best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg, Ken Barun of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Emmy-nominated modern-day psalmist Marty Goetz.

The focus of the event will be the Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem, an organization dedicated to facilitating a better public understanding of the complexities of the Middle East, including its roots in history and the Bible. The group - which is comprised of key faith leaders, scholars, authors, and pastors - strives to educate Millennials and others about Israel’s role in the biblical narrative (past, present and future) while also affirming God’s concern for Palestinians and all peoples of the Middle East.

To request an invitation to the event, email Kristin Cole at

By NRB Staff

Published: February 21, 2018


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