Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq.
Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq.

Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson currently serves as the Senior Advisor to Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., National President of RainbowPUSH Inc., Assistant Pastor of the Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church and is employed Special Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer of the Chicago Public Schools.

Janette is the co-founder of Wilson, Howard P.C. Attorneys at Law Inc., a firm she and her husband formed in 1980. She served as a criminal defense attorney for more than 15 years (1980-1995).

Rev. Wilson left private practice of law from 1982-1995 to serve as the full time Assistant General Counsel for Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Operation PUSH Inc. and ultimately was appointed to serve as PUSH’s National Executive Director. Following her tenure at PUSH, Attorney Wilson served as Interim General counsel for Chicago State University for one year. She served a Special Counsel to Mayor Eugene Sawyer throughout his term in office in 1987.

Janette is a member of the Cook County Bar Association. She was instrumental in forming the Interfaith Lawyers Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. She has lectured on a number of subjects in the area of civil rights, affirmative action and school law. She has been an adjunct professor at a number of seminaries and universities, teaching courses in Marketing, Business Law, Church Law, Ethics, and Church Administration.

Janette received a B.A. in Chemistry in 1971 from Mac Murray College in Jacksonville, Illinois and a Masters in Environmental Science from Governor’s State University in Illinois in 1975. She is a graduate of John Marshall Law School in Chicago where she received a J.D. in 1980 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar the same year. In 1997, Janette received a Doctor of Divinity from United Theological Seminary. She has been admitted to the Federal Trial Bar and the US Tax Court and the US District Court in 1983.

Janette Wilson’s publications and research include: Doctoral Thesis “A Living Our Faith, But Under The Law”, Master’s Thesis “Biochemical Fate of Tin in the Environment”, HMO Feasibility Study for the Sidney Hillman Health Centre, Second Surgical Opinion Grant Application for ACTWU and articles in the African American Pulpit.

Attorney Wilson’s business and professional affiliations have included: National Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Coalition of Labor Union Women (1975-1980), Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Inc., National Association Health Lawyers (1975-1980), Illinois Association of HMO Executives (1975-1980) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Attorney Wilson was appointed by the late U.S. Representative Charles Hayes to represent the 1st Congressional District of Illinois at the White House Conference on Small Businesses (1986) and to represent the 1st Congressional District of Illinois at the Illinois International Trade Conference. She was honored by Dollars & Sense Magazine as one of America’s Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women, and by the Cook County Bar Association with the William R. Ming Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Civil Rights.

Historical Perspective

The International Sunday School Lesson is a roundtable discussion of biblical passages presented by an interfaith group of religious leaders and biblical scholars. The discussion of the scriptual texts is unburdened by individual denominational dogma.
The International Sunday School television broadcast was a vision of Rev. Evans for many years before it became a reality. Rev. Clay Evans believed that the Broadcast Minister’s Alliance of Chicago had a responsibility to provide Christian Education in addition to airing regular morning worship services. Rev. Evans challenged the members of the Broadcast Ministers to unite across denomination lines to teach the Sunday School lesson that is taught in the majority of the black churches each week.



Format

The Sunday School lesson is similar in format to the historic “Sunday Evening Club”, in that it provides the Sunday viewing audience with a perspective and analysis of scripture from the vantage point of Sunday School teachers, ministers, youth, young adults, seminarians, seminary professors, and ordinary believers.
Attorney Janette C. Wilson caught Rev. Evans’ vision and began the work to produce the lesson. In September of 1990, the first broadcast of the Sunday School lesson was aired on Chicago cable TV. The camera crew and the participants were volunteers who were pulled together for this purpose. The challenge then became to get instructors every week who were willing to teach on television. Deacon Estes Evans, (the deceased brother of Rev. Clay Evans) worked diligently with Attorney Wilson to make sure the content of the lessons were accurate discussions of the bible. Attorney Wilson began contacting pastors from various denominations urging them to appear on the Sunday School Lesson. After six months, interest in the program began to swell among the churches and people began to call about participating. After the first year there concern about developing a technical crew for the International Sunday School to assure that even the camera shots and the production was from a Christian perspective. Deacon James Dixon volunteered to become the first producer of the program.



Coverage

The viewing audience represents a cross section of faith groups throughout the City of Chicago’s Cable Subscribers in the TCI Cable Viewing Area and WCFC TV (Channel 38).
The panelists are chosen by the monthly coordinator which is selected from the various denominations. This program features National and Internationally known religious figures. The schedule or topic of discussion, follows the schedule which is based on the International Bible Lesson for Christian Training taught in most Sunday Schools each Sunday.
Thus, the International SUnday School Program has grown from a vision to a reality based upon the faith of a few and the power of God to ensure that his word would spread into all the world. Now the International Sunday School is aired weekly over 2 cable stations which cover the Chicago SMSA and in 1994 was aired over TV38 by Gerry Rose. Each week, the program receives thousands of calls and letters from viewers representing over 750 churches located in Illinois and Indiana. We thank God for every plank in the bridge of communication over the air waves.