Jerry Anze is married to Laetitia and they have three children, Mandisa (7), Jaden (5), and Nathan (1).
Jerry served as International Leadership Institute’s (ILI) National Director for Nigeria for eleven years. Nigeria is one of the most strategic, yet volatile nations in Africa. He was directly responsible for equipping more than 12,000 leaders and distinguished himself as one of ILI’s top global leaders. In addition, he coordinated a life saving relief and recovery effort for villages in Northeast Nigeria, devastated by Boko Haram, and coordinated ILI efforts to train missionaries to reach a militant unreached people group in that region.
In recent years, the level of violence in northern Nigeria has dramatically increased. More than 11,500 Christians have been killed for their faith since 2015 by Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsman. In the first three months of this year, the violence escalated with more than 350 Christians killed. Of particular concern was the kidnapping of the children of Christian leaders who were held for ransom, including a relative of the Anze’s immediate neighbor.
Due to Jerry’s highly visible role in the Christian community, he and his family were increasingly in danger and it became necessary for Jerry and his family to seek safety in the USA.
As Associate Director for Global Online Mobilization, Jerry serves on the frontlines of equipping leaders and spreading the Gospel in more than 100 nations through ILI’s digital strategies and online training.
Act of Congress
Dave Higgs of NPR calls Act of Congress: “One of the freshest sounding, exuberant bands in all of the known acoustic universe.”
The organic sound of Act of Congress is consistently voted one of the “Must See Live Acts of Alabama.”
AOC has completed five tours as U.S. Cultural Ambassadors, led by the U.S. State Department. AOC has performed in countries including Thailand, Oman, Palau, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Philippines, Timor Leste, Bali, Liberia, and Jordan. Highlights from recent trips include independence day entertainment for Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Liberian government, and a feature performance at Jordan’s celebrated Jerash festival.
Act of Congress was selected artist for “Keep Alabama Beautiful,” and is currently performing original music at live venues, festivals, and national symphonies; including five performances with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. AOC has backed up country music star, Sara Evans and American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks. AOC’s current licensing catalog includes Showtime and Google. Act of Congress has released two full length albums, two acclaimed Christmas EPs, a live CD/DVD and the documentary “A Week In The Life.”
AOC has performed for the likes of Paste, SXSW, Disney, NPR and Billboard. They have opened Live Nation VIP areas for John Mayer and Edwin McCain and were featured on the nationally syndicated Rick & Bubba Show and Woodsongs Radio on XM Radio. Act of Congress has also won the IMWS Disc Maker’s Grand Prize and Colgate Country Showdown Regional Competition. AOC’s full concert from the International Newgrass Festival has been released in national rotation on public television.