2019 Gala Honoree: Reverend Gregory Jackson, Senior Pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church
Rev. Gregory Jerome Jackson obtained his early education in the segregated schools of South Carolina, while his high school and college educational experience was in the northeast. Upon graduating from Saint Peter’s College, he began his theological education at Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York and received a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1976.
Rev. Jackson began his pastoral career at Monumental Baptist Church in Elmira, New York in 1975 and served there with distinction until 1984 when he was called to pastor Mount Olive Baptist Church in Hackensack, NJ where he has labored for nearly 35 years. He encourages them to be generous in giving to needy persons at home and abroad, but to also be politically aware as they seek to do justice for God’s people around the world.
Pastor Jackson presently serves as the newly-elected President of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Missions Convention. He also serves as part of the Baptist World Alliance and the Baptist-Islamic Taskforce and is the Moderator of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary Board of Trustees. He is the President of the Hackensack Fellowship of Black Churches. Pastor Jackson believes in transforming the world into the kingdom of God; he has led Mount Olive in her effort to be a part of the redemptive work of the gospel around the world.
Under his leadership, on May 27, 2007, Mount Olive Baptist Church dedicated the completion of the 28,000 square foot, Logan Family Life Center, a building built to the glory of God and to the service of humanity.
Pastor Jackson believes in a gospel that is reflected in one’s personal life as well as one’s social and political life. His involvement and ministry reflects his thinking, his reading, and his life experiences. He is constantly studying, reading, developing and becoming. He is never satisfied with who he is.
Pastor Jackson is married to Barbara Rose Jackson and they are proud parents of three children, Michael, Monique and Aashon; and grandparents to granddaughters Jorden, Kennedy and Madison.
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