The Rev. Ernest Jackson Jr., pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, will be guest speaker for the 113th anniversary of Spencer Memorial United Methodist Church, 543 N. Seventh St., at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Rev. Jackson was born in Oklahoma City and graduated from Dunjee High School. He received the bachelor of science degree in sociology from Oklahoma City University and the Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Jackson is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and is a member of the Oklahoma Conference.

Jackson’s pastoral ministry began in Oklahoma with the African Methodist Episcopal Church March 1, 1975. In November 1978, he was recruited into the United Methodist Church and appointed as associate pastor of Christ UMC, Oklahoma City. He served as pastor of Spencer Memorial from January 1981 to June 1983, prior to his move to Texas to attend seminary. In the North Texas Conference, Jackson served churches in Dallas, Terrell and Grand Prairie, and served as pastor in the building of an African-American United Methodist Church in DeSoto, Texas.

After returning to Oklahoma in 1993, Jackson was appointed as senior pastor to the following churches: St. Paul UMC, Anadarko; Christ UMC, Oklahoma City; and Quayle UMC. Jackson has served in the pastorate for 32 years. In June 2005, he was appointed as administrative pastor of Shalom Ministries. On Oct. 1, 2006, for the third time, Jackson was appointed to Christ United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City.

Jackson serves as conference chair for the Racial Ethnic Coordinating Committee and on the following conference committees and boards: Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Annual Conference Council Committee and Congregational Development Committee. In 2000, he was elected delegate to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences and to the Jurisdictional Conference in 2004. His service is also extended to chairperson of the Oklahoma Caucus of Black Methodists for Church Renewal.

His community service includes: president of the African American Methodist Ministers Alliance Inc. of Oklahoma City and vice president of Concerned Clergy for Spiritual Renewal Methodist Church, Oklahoma City.

Carolyn Jackson serves as executive director of Shalom Ministries, a community based outreach initiative for the Oklahoma Conference, United Methodist Church. She was instrumental in giving leadership in the ministry for the homeless at Quayle UMC and Christ UMC, and also serves as treasurer for the Oklahoma Caucus of Black Methodists for Church Renewal. Mrs. Jackson received the bachelor of science degree in business and the master of business administration from Oklahoma City University.

The Jacksons are the parents of five adult children.

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