Our Pastor and First Lady

Meet the Pastor and First Lady

Dr. Eric D. Jackson, Sr.

Senior Pastor

Dr. Jackson is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, currently resides in University Place, Washington. He’s married to Rev. Evette Jackson, and they have two sons, Omari and Eric, II.

After serving for several years, Pastor Jackson was licensed and ordained at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, in Norcross, Georgia, by Bishop Dr. William Sheals. He went on to serve as Assistant to the Pastor, Youth Pastor, and Singles’ Pastor at The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, in Atlanta, Georgia.

He was the founding pastor of the Greater Heights Christian Church in Lithonia, Georgia, where he served for 8 years. After leaving Georgia, he served as the senior pastor of the Main Post Chapel Gospel Congregation in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Prior to 2014, Dr. Jackson resided in Ewa Beach, Hawaii (the Island of Oahu), while serving a tour of duty at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter. He now lives in University Place, Washington, and served for 6 years as senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tacoma. Additionally, Pastor Jackson’s ministry has reached abroad, as well. He’s taken several pilgrimages throughout Israel and done missionary work in Haiti. Currently, he serves on several boards in Tacoma and is the past president of Associated Ministries’ Board of Directors.

In 2003, Pastor Jackson earned a Master of Divinity degree (cum laude), with a concentration in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care and completed additional course work in Homiletics, at Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta. Previously, in 1992, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Louisiana and graduated from Peabody Magnet High School. Understanding the necessity of education and preparation, Pastor Jackson returned to the academy, and in May 2012, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree (summa cum laude) at the ITC, where he specialized in Pastoral Counseling. (Dissertation: “Bridging the Gap between Sunday in the Combat Zone and Sunday at Home: Case Study: The Intersection of War, PTSD, and Pastoral Care & Counseling for Soldiers and their Families”).

Additionally, he spent over 33 years in the military - over 29 years as an officer and retired in June 2019. From 2007 to 2008, Pastor Jackson completed a tour of duty in Iraq, where he ministered to hundreds of Soldiers on a weekly basis and trained over 50 ministers - two of which were licensed into the Gospel ministry. Upon completion of his tour, he became an Army Chaplain and continues to minister today. He has also served in this capacity in the local chapter of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., where he’s a Life Member. Likewise, he was certified by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police as a police chaplain.

Over the years, Pastor Jackson’s ministry has been heavily involved in the lives of the youth and unmarried adults and taught countless retreats – for couples and singles. Beyond that, he has developed a seven-phase series of Ministers’ Development Training courses, in which he covers various subject from ministerial conduct to roles of a pastor. In 2001, after having trained more than 100 ministers, Pastor Jackson launched Eric Jackson Ministries, whose goal is to educate and elevate the thinking of ministers and lay-leaders.

Pastor Jackson is a poet and the author of Good News From On High! His personal mission is to educate, empower, and encourage all people - both young and mature, “churched” and “un-churched,” laypersons and ministers. With such a love for people, Pastor Jackson has devoted his life to God’s service and people. This man of God is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator and educator, engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice; committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised.

Pastor Jackson’s motto is “preaching to encourage…and teaching to empower.” This is a goal he sets for reaching God’s people, so they are spiritually equipped. Above all...Pastor Dr. Eric D. Jackson is spirit-filled. He loves the Lord, is crucified with Him!

Reverend Evette L. Jackson

First Lady

Reverend Evette L. Jackson grew up in a military family and traveled the United States; however, University Place, Washington, by way of San Diego, California, is where she calls home. She’s lived in Georgia and Hawaii, as well.

Rev. Evette, as she’s affectionately called, has worked many years in the customer service industry, account management, and project management, all of which ultimately led her to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 2002. Prior to her call to ministry, she was the Director of Professional Services for a software development company.

In 2002, she accepted her call to ministry, and after serving for several years, she was licensed and ordained at Greater Heights Christian Church in Snellville, Georgia, where she served as Assistant Pastor and Executive Assistant.

In 2007, Rev. Evette earned a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care and Counseling from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta. Upon graduation, she completed 6 units (over 3,000 hours) of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), where she worked as a chaplain in the Emergency Department and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Rev. Evette worked as a hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator. Understanding the necessity of bridging the gap between the church and the mental health field, she plans to return to the academy and become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and specialize in post-traumatic stress in the family unit; however, currently, she continues working as a hospice chaplain, providing care for individuals and families dealing with end-of-life issues.

Rev. Evette has a no-nonsense approach to ministry, and although there are many things to know about her, the most important point to note is that she loves God and has a heart for people. Equally as importantly, she is proud of her family, Rev. Dr. Eric D. Jackson, Sr., and their two sons, Omari and Eric, II.