Stephanie Joy Jackson-Rowe, B.A., M.S. IMC

Founder, President and CEO
The Christian Aerobics & Fitness AssociationTM
Executive Director Joy To Be Fit Gospel Aerobics Ministry©
Chicago, Illinois

Stephanie Joy Jackson-Rowe is on a mission. She hopes to save lives by addressing obesity and other health risks such as diabetes and heart disease among African Americans. A fitness expert and trainer for 20 years, she developed Joy To Be Fit Gospel Aerobics Ministry, a faith-based fitness and wellness program for all ages. 

Jackson-Rowe is executive director of Joy To Be FitTM, which is associated with 25 places of worship, schools and health centers throughout the Chicago area. It is the premier exercise program of The Christian Aerobics & Fitness Association.

She is the pioneer and creator of Gospel Aerobics. “This is a powerful and spiritually moving high-energy workout; designed to unite the spirit and mind, and tone the entire body,” said Jackson-Rowe.

“Churches are powerful change agents, where people seek guidance, direction and spiritual motivation. They are pillars of strength,” said Jackson-Rowe. “Joy To Be Fit gives places of worship a partner to lift the lives of people and get them moving! We teach them how to become advocates of their own health and well-being.”The Joy To Be Fit program is taught by a certified instructor. It provides participants with health screenings, nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, one-on-one life coaching, scripture reference and prayer. It uses inspirational music, including traditional gospel music integrated with funk, soul and jazz.

Jackson-Rowe is excited to be actively engaged with Gospel Aerobics in the fight against obesity. She will be touring the country in 2011, sharing her book about the ministry and a workout Gospel Aerobics DVD.