Jabriel broke into the advocacy world as a journalist: publishing a social justice monthly. The publication of that newsletter led to a position on former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney’s D.C. staff, where he served as her Legislative Correspondent, Editor and Grassroots Liaison, ultimately serving as Special Assistant for Communications. In this post, he worked to connect community based organizations with Federal resources. He also managed the Congresswoman’s communications. He also served as Chair of the D.C. Black Republican Council and as an Alternate Delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Frustrations with Left and Right politics led Reverend Ballentine to Seminary and ultimately back to the Episcopal Church. He was ordained to the diaconate by the Diocese of the Virgin Islands and graduated from the Virginia Theological Seminary.
Before returning to the Episcopal Church, Jabriel spent seven years as a Rastafarian and then returned to the Ethiopian/Eritrean Orthodox Church where he spent seven years studying the theology of this 1700-plus year old African Christian tradition, under the direction of several monks, bishops and other clergy of the church.
An active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Mr. Ballentine also serves as Chaplain and Historian/Editor for the Beta Alpha Lambda Chapter of Baltimore County, MD. He is the Chair of the Public Policy and Racial Justice Committee of the Eastern Region of the Fraternity.
Jabriel Ballentine is a graduate of the All Saints Cathedral School in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. Mr. Ballentine is a single father to his oldest son, Omari.