|Dr. Derrick L. Jackson, Pastor|
Pastor Derrick Jackson was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi, the fourth of four sons to the late Mrs. Mary Bell Jackson-Stevenson and the late Mr. Emmitt Stevenson. After overcoming remedial reading, remedial math, and a speech impediment, Pastor Jackson graduated Valedictorian of Leflore County High School. He then attended Mississippi Valley State University’s Summer Upward Bound Program and received several academic achievement awards. In the fall of 1988, he enrolled in Praire View A&M University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Kellar Graduate School Of Management. A Master’s Degree in Theological Studies was earned from Vanderbilt University and a Doctorate Degree in Ministry was earned from Lipscomb University. Additionally, Pastor Jackson graduated from John A. Gupton School Of Mortuary Science Funeral Director’s Progam and is a Licensed Funeral Director as well as a Licensed Pre-Need Insurance Agent.
On October 1, 2001, Pastor Jackson began his pastorate of historic First Baptist Church. He is the sixth and youngest pastor in a series of strong men who made up the rich preaching, teaching and pastoring legacy of First Baptist Church over the past 152 years. Pastor Jackson was licensed to preach by Pastor John H. Gibson of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church of Itta Bena, Mississippi, and ordained to preach by his father in the ministry, Dr. George T. Brooks, Sr. of Saint James Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Armed with prayer, a vision, and a feasibility study, Pastor Jackson and the congregation of First Baptist Church altered Gallatin’s church landscape for the better with the construction of a twenty-eight thousand square foot, three level state-of-the-art worship, educational, and recreational facility located adjacent to the current edifice. Armed with prayer, vision, and a desire to minister to the whole person, Pastor Jackson and the congregation constructed and dedicated a seventeen thousand square foot community life center adjacent to the multi-purpose facility to better serve the needs of the citizens of Gallatin and Sumner County. Under Pastor Jackson’s visionary leadership and the congregation’s steadfast faithfulness, First Baptist Church has experienced tremendous growth spiritually, financially, physically, and numerically.
A man of flexible gifts and talents, Pastor Jackson also serves as the Executive Director/CEO of the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. Prior to that appointment, Pastor Jackson served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Sunday School Publishing Board. Possessing the entrepreneurial zeal of his father, Pastor Jackson is the co-owner of New Generation Funeral Home, Scales & Sons Funeral Home, Sumner Senior Services, Inc., and Wimberly & Jackson Funeral Home. Pastor Jackson is also a part-time professor at American Baptist College teaching courses in entrepreneurial leadership, and he has authored two devotionals: God To His Daughters: A Thirty-day Devotional for Women, and God To His Sons: A Thirty-day Devotional for Men.
Pastor Jackson is a man of immense energy actively involved in denominational, civic, charitable, and community activities. He is the President of the Congress of Christian Education for the East Fork District Association and a Certified Dean for the National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education. Pastor Jackson has served as the Vice-President of the Middle Region of the Tennessee Baptist Missionary & Education Convention, Inc., and President of the Gallatin Ministerial Alliance and African-American Ministerial Alliance. Pastor Jackson is a member of the 100 Black Men Of Middle Tennessee, Inc., and he is a board member of the Gallatin Economic Industrial Board, Salvus Center, and Habitat for Humanity.
Pastor Jackson has served on the boards of the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office Homeward Bound Program, Volunteer State Community College Foundation Board, Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition, Good Neighbor Mission, the Mayor Of Gallatin Visioning Committee, and Sumner Academy. He is a member of the Gallatin Rotary Club and a Chaplain at the Gallatin Police Department. Pastor Jackson is also an inductee into the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society, and he has been named one of Sumner County’s Most Influential Persons.
Pastor Jackson is married to Laurie Smith-Jackson, and he is the proud father of Jeffery and Joshua Jackson and proud grandfather of Sanai. His life motto is based upon the words of an inspirational song composed in the 1930s by Alma Bazel Androzzo and sung by Mahalia Jackson that says, "If I can help someone as I pass along... if I can cheer someone with a word or song…if I can show someone how they are traveling wrong….then my living will not be in vain.”