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Reverend Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr.
Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr., a native of West Columbia, South Carolina, attended the public schools of Lexington County School District#2, the former Lakeview Elementary School, and Brookland Cayce High School, where he graduated in 1970 with honors. He continued his academic career at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. While at Benedict, he received the Distinguished Mathematics and Physics Award for the highest academic average in those respective areas. After graduating from Benedict, he pursued seminary studies at the Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 1977 he graduated with honors receiving his Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div). He was presented the Distinguished Board of Directors Award from the Morehouse School of Religion for High Academic Achievement. In August 1978, he completed one year of certification of residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at the South Carolina Academy for Pastoral Education. On May 12, 1985, Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina conferred upon him the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree. On May 12, 2007 his alma mater, Benedict College conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.
Dr. Jackson acknowledged the call and began preaching at the age of nine (9); was licensed at the age of ten (10); ordained at twelve (12); and at eighteen (18); was installed as Pastor of his home church, the Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina, where he has humbly served for forty-one (41) years. The Brookland Baptist Church is one of the fastest growing congregations in the state. The church has sixty-five ministries, a full service Federal Credit Union, the Brookland Foundation, a charitable (501) (c) (3) organization of which he is Chairman of the Board, the Brookland Center for Community and Economic Change, the Brookland-West Columbia Community and Housing Development Corporation, and the Brookland Community Pediatric Center which is a collaborative effort with the Eau Claire Cooperative.
In May 1999, Dr. Jackson led Brookland into a new sanctuary that seats 2300. He furthered his vision of economic empowerment by leading the completion of a 68,000 square foot Community Resource Center in September 2005 which consists of an Academy Child Development Center, a Health and Wellness Center and a Banquet and Conference Center. On March 28, 2008 the Lexington District II School Board awarded Brookland the former Lakeview/Northside School, a 94,000 square foot educational facility on 11 acres of land, to be converted into the Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center. On October 5, 2008 Brookland became one church in two locations. We began worshiping at the Brookland Baptist Church Northeast. Reverend Dr. Christopher Leevy Johnson is the Campus Pastor. Pastor Jackson has a partnership in ministry with the Providence Baptist Church, Dr. Samuel Reeves, Pastor, and a weekly radio broadcast in Liberia, West Africa. As a result of the Church’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, over 160 persons are employed in Brookland’s ministry.
A former president of the South Carolina Baptist Congress of Christian Education and the Gethsemane Baptist Congress of Christian Education, Dr. Jackson has held and still holds membership in a number of denominational, civic and community organizations. He is Past Moderator of the Gethsemane Baptist Association, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Golden Square Lodge #283, NAACP, 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, Inc., Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club, Board of Governors for the Capital City Club and the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Morris College in Sumter, SC, Board of Directors for Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta, GA., Board of Visitors for the University of South Carolina, Chairman of the Distressed Areas Task Force for New Carolina, Board of Directors of the Lexington Medical Center and Inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, 2011.
His honors include: the 1995 Affirmative Action Award from the Black Faculty and Staff Association of the University of South Carolina; the Lincoln C. Jenkins Achievement Award for Economic Empowerment by the Columbia Urban League; the Whitney M. Young, Jr., Service Award by the Boy Scouts of America, the Distinguished Service Award by the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council (2004), West Metro Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (2005); the Lifetime Achievement Award by the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, Inc., March of Dimes African American Achievement Award (2006). He has preached revivals throughout the United States and delivered lectures at more than fifteen (15) colleges and universities. On March 31, 2011 he gave the opening prayer as guest chaplain for the U. S. House of Representatives. In observance of his 30th Anniversary as Pastor of the Brookland Baptist Church, Governor Jim Hodges awarded him the Order of the Palmetto, which is the highest honor that the State of South Carolina confers upon its citizens.
Dr. Jackson is married to the former Robin Hoefer, and the father of two children, Rev. Charles B. Jackson Jr., pastor of the New Laurel Street Baptist Church, Columbia, SC and Candace, a graduate of Duke University School of Law and an associate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. A daughter-in-law, the former Iva Gaymon and four grandchildren Kayla, Charles III, Caleb and Carter.
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