|Dr. Derrick L. Jackson, Pastor|
Pastor Derrick L. Jackson was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi - the fourth of four children born to the late Mary Bell Jackson-Stevenson and the late Mr. Emmitt Stevenson. He spent his formative years in Itta Bena, Mississippi where he attended L.S. Rogers Demonstration School and Leflore County High School. After overcoming remedial reading, remedial math, and a speech impediment, Pastor Jackson graduated Valedictorian of his high school class.
Pastor Jackson attended Mississippi Valley State University’s Upward Bound Program and received several trophies for his academic achievement during the program. Pastor Jackson received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Accounting from Prairie View A&M University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Kellar Graduate School Of Management, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt University's Divinity School, and he is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Lipscomb University's Hazelip School Of Theology. Pastor Jackson also graduated from John A. Gupton School Of Mortuary Science and is a Licensed Funeral Director and a Licensed Pre-Need Insurance Agent.
Pastor Jackson was licensed to preach by Pastor John H. Gibson and the Hope Well Baptist Church of Itta Bena, Mississippi, and he was ordained to preach by his father in the ministry, Dr. George T. Brooks, Sr., of the St. James Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to being called to First Baptist Church, Pastor Jackson served as an Assisting Minister, Director Of Sunday School, Director of the Sick Visitation Team Ministry, Trustee, and Financial Secretary at St. James M.B. Church.
Pastor Jackson began his Heavenly assignment as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Gallatin October 1, 2001. He is only the sixth Pastor in the church’s 150 year history and the youngest Pastor called to the church. Under his visionary and humble leadership, the church has experienced tremendous growth spiritually, numerically, physically, and financially. Its ministries continue to impact Gallatin and Middle Tennessee guided by the mission of “Saving the Lost….Transforming the Saved…..And Impacting The World.”
A man of flexible gifts and talents and possessing the entrepreneurial zeal of his father, Pastor Jackson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee and the Co-Owner of Sumner Senior Services, Inc.,.a business that improves the quality of life of seniors in their homes, New Generation Funeral Home, and Wimberly & Jackson Funeral Home, Inc. Pastor Jackson has also authored two thirty-day devotional books for men and women entitled God To His Sons and God To His Daughters.
Pastor Jackson is a man of immense energy actively involved in denominational, civic, charitable, and community activities. Denominationally, he is the President of the Congress of Christian Education of the East Fork District Association where he previously served as Dean of the Congress of Christian Education. He is also a Certified Dean for the National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education and a Trustee of American Baptist College. 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 involved in many civic, charitable, and community activities. He is a member of the Gallatin Industrial Development Board, Salvus Center, Habitat For Humanity, Promise Tennessee, Shalom Zone, and the 100 Black Men Of Middle Tennessee. He 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. Pastor Jackson is a member of the Gallatin Rotary Club and a Chaplain at the Gallatin Police Department. He received the Ideal Man Of The Year Award and Spirit Award from Prairie View A&M University, and he is an inductee into the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society. He has received the Shaloam Zone Community Award and the St. Luke AME Heritage Award. Pastor Jackson received an honorary doctorate degree from Tennessee School of Religion, and he has also been named one of Sumner County’s Most Influential Persons.
Pastor Jackson is married to Laurie Lanakila Smith-Jackson, and he is the proud father of Jeffery and Joshua. His life's 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’re traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain.”