Rev. Jackson was born January 3rd in Cairo, Illinois. He is one of nine children born to the late Carl and Barbara Jackson. He has attended the following schools for Religious Education. Louisiana Baptist College, Pineville, La., North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC., and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Church Ministries from Mount Olive College, Mount Olive, NC, on May 10, 2003 and a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Campbell University Divinity School, on May 9, 2014. He plans to pursue his Doctorate of Ministry degree in 2017.
Rev. Joe A. Jackson has given his life in service to God. He is kind, caring, gentle and godly man. His love and concern for people is demonstrated through his many acts of kindness. His motto as a pastor is to compassionately meet the needs of the total person through Christ-centered living, maintaining a strong biblical foundation and an ever present focus on ministry.
Rev. Jackson has served four churches as Pastor, Assistant Pastor and as an Associate Minister. He was Associate Minister at the Second Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church, Boyce, LA., and Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Goldsboro, NC. He served as the Assistant Pastor of St. Mathew Missionary Baptist Church, Rapides Station, LA, and the Pastor of the Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church, Pineville, LA. Rev. Jackson holds the rank of Master-Sergeant Retired in the United States Air Force. As a member of the Armed Forces, he received many plaques, medals and awards, for his outstanding leadership, expertise, dedication, sacrifices, professionalism, courage under fire, especially during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was named the 1995 Senior NCO for the 335th Fighter Squadron and a recipient of the 4th Fighter Wing’s 1999 Senior NCO Leo Marquez Award for Leadership during his tenure of service, all while serving as a catechizer on numerous councils for the Ordination of Baptist Ministers.
Rev. Jackson presently serves as Pastor of Best Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Goldsboro, NC, The Moderator of the Bear Creek Missionary Baptist Association, the former Recording Secretary for the Moderator’s Auxiliary of the Southeast Region, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. He was the former President of the North Carolina General Baptist State Convention (GBSC) Minister’s Council and the former 2nd Vice-Moderator and an Instructor for the Bear Creek Missionary Baptist Academy of the Bear Creek Missionary Baptist Association.
Rev. Jackson is an active member in CLIFF Ministerial Organization, Concerned Clergy of Goldsboro, the NAACP, and a Volunteer Associate Chaplain at Wayne Memorial, Duke, and Wake Med Hospitals. He is a member and former Chaplain of the Wilson V. Ferguson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airman. A Life-long Member of the Goldsboro Chapter #45, Disabled Veterans, both a Board Member and a Committee Member of the Strategic Initiatives Committee of the United Way of Wayne County, a former member of the Blue Ribbon Commission, a member of the Goldsboro Chapter of AARP, and was a member of Friends of Wayne County RSVP Advisor Board. He is pursuing his credentials for the NBC, USA, Inc.’s Congress of Christian Education as one of their Dean’s for local, state and national teaching objectives.
Rev. Jackson is married to Sister Jacqueline Texada Jackson, the love of his life. They are the proud parents of four children: Jeremy (Stephanie), Carl (TaLisa), Christin (Tierra) and LaTonya (Jason). They are the grandparents of Ahlea, Jahnari, Niya, Shayla, Abram, Ethan, Isabella, Elijah, Caylee, Isaac, Kensley, Skylar, Sophia and Noel.
Rev. Jackson has severed faithfully as 1st Vice Moderator since 2011. He was instrumental in acquiring office furniture, computers and accessories to ensure we kept pace with technology. He works closely with the both the Moderator and 2nd Vice Moderator preaching the Gospel during the annual calendar and filling the position of the Moderator in his absence. Rev. Jackson has created financial sheets that reflect monthly church assessment, contributions and rental fees for a full disclosure to the association pastors, churches and members. He serves as a New Testament Instructor of the academy and a catechizer for the ordination of our ministers.
Rev. Jackson has represented and does represent the Best Grove MBC and the Bear Creek Missionary Baptist Association at the NC GBSC and at the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Congress of Christian Education of the same convention and Lott Carey. He is relentless and untiring in his effort as he works with the moderators and auxiliaries to ensure what he has been given by God and elected by the member is his “Best.”