Jesse Cottonham

Director of Life Groups

Jesse Cottonham, sometimes known as “Uncle Jesse”, is a founding Partner with NBCC. He was born and raised in San Francisco where he still lives a short walk away from the neighborhood in which he grew up.

Jesse retired from PG&E on January 1, 2018 after a 34+ year career in the Electric T&D Organization. He held various positions during his career including Journey Lineman, Troubleman (first responder), Electric Supervisor, and Human Performance Specialist investigating serious injuries and electrical safety incidents.

Jesse also has over twenty years of experience as Youth Director and leader; teaching and mentoring churched and unchurched children, youth and young adults creating excitement around a growing commitment to Christ-centered living. Furthermore, he served as a Deacon at St. John Missionary Baptist Church caring for and supporting families and youth and taught adult and youth Sunday School and Bible study classes.

Jesse is the co-director and CFO of Daniel Discipleship Project, Inc. (DDP), a faith-based community organization with a mission to teach and model godly behavior and provide boys and young men with the necessary tools and skills to become positive contributors in their homes and community.

Over the years, Jesse has won a number of awards and recognition including:

● 2006 PG&E Frederick W. Mielke, Jr. Award recipient for Outstanding Community Service
● 2008 Bay Area Jefferson Award recipient for Outstanding Community Service
● Served on Board of Directors of Old Skool Café as Treasurer from 2011 – 2015

Jesse was raised in a Christian home and baptized Catholic as an infant. He attended catechism as a youth, had his Confirmation as a teenager and began attending St. John Missionary Baptist Church (SJMBC) in his late teens. As a young husband and father, he realized he couldn’t be what God created him to be without Jesus as the center of his life. As a result, Jesse was re-baptized by immersion and became a full member of (SJMBC) in 1998.

His journey continues as he listens and responds to God’s calling on his life. Many of us experience that amazing moment when God whispers into our hearts, and as a result, everything becomes clear. Sometimes we run, sometimes we don’t listen, and then there is that one time when we do just as Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still and know That I Am”. Each day he is excited to experience the opportunities God gives him to grow more like Jesus.

Jesse is married to his High School sweetheart, Pally, and celebrated 40 years of marriage in August, 2018. They have two adult children, Trinece Wade (Anthony), Jesse Chaz (Grace), and four grandchildren, Nia Grace, Nya Joy, Noa Hope and Nashton James.

His hobbies include collecting caps (350+), traveling, attending Warriors Games (home & away) and spending time with his family, especially his grandbabies!