Paul reminds Timothy of his tremendous responsibility in 2 Timothy 4: 1-5:
"I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but going to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the true, and will turn aside to myths. But, be sober in all things, endure hardship, to the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry.
Evangelist Jesse Tolliver III is well-known throughout the Brotherhood for his passionate delivery of God’s word. He loves studying and sharing his in-depth knowledge of biblical truths. He brings lots of enthusiasm and energy with each message. He cares deeply about the doctrine of Jesus Christ and articulates the word of Salvation in a practical, simplistic manner in which hearers of all ages can comprehend. Brother Tolliver has been preaching for nearly forty years. He extends great honor to his mentor, the late Brother Robert Woods whom he considers his spiritual father. “Daddy Bob” as he was affectionately called, and wife Sara, have share a special bond with Brother and Sister Tolliver. Sister Sara Woods continues to provide encouragement and inspiration in their ministry.
Brother Tolliver was born in Los Angeles, California. His father was in the US Army and after leaving the Services; his parents moved the family back to their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. While living in Nashville, Brother Tolliver was reared by his paternal aunt and uncle, the late Brother and Sister AJ and Ollie Mae Tolliver Smoot. Brother Tolliver obeyed the gospel under the teachings of his uncle who was at the time, Minister of the once Green Street Church of Christ in Nashville. Jesse Tolliver III attended public schools in Nashville and attended Tennessee State University. While in college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army.
After serving in the armed forces, Jesse returned to Nashville briefly, and later relocated to South Florida. In 1971, he placed membership at the Hallandale Beach Church of Christ in Hallandale Beach Florida. While at Hallandale, he was one of the Song Leaders, Sunday School Teachers and Administrators. In1975, he was hired as the interim Evangelist and later became the full-time Evangelist of the congregation until 1981. Brother Tolliver has been the full-time Evangelist of congregations in Wisconsin, Alabama, Texas, and Tallahassee, Florida.
Brother Tolliver moved to North Carolina in 1989 and was the pulpit preacher for the Olga Avenue Church of Christ in High Point. In 1994, he and several brothers planted the Triad Church Christ in Greensboro. This congregation merged with Central Church of Christ, of Greensboro in 2001. The name of the congregation changed to Tri-Central Church of Christ and later to Coliseum Boulevard Church of Christ. He has labored with this congregation for over twenty years.
Brother Tolliver encourages interactive teaching, and has a passion for developing workshops that awaken spiritual growth. He has spoken on many State, Regional and National lectureships and has hosted State and Regional lectureships. He has been instrumental in originating a “Men’s Day” in the Triad area. He serves on the board of the North Carolina Lectureship and has served on the board of the Southeastern Youth Conference. Brother Tolliver loves the gathering of brothers and sisters in fellowship.
Jesse Tolliver III is married to the former Debra Washington and they have five children, Jesse E., Robert, Jessica, Tiffany and Alexander. The joy of their lives are their six precious grandchildren; Jayden, Lillie, Josiah, Alexander II, Jerimiah and Makenzi.