The Rev. Connie Jackson or “Rev. CJ” as she is affectionately called is a global ministry leader and prolific communicator of the Gospel. As an ordained minister and former elected official, Jackson has lectured and preached for diverse audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Africa. Her transformative oratory has granted her audiences with Fortune 500 companies and academic and religious institutions for conferences, revivals and community development consultation.
Rev. CJ is a trailblazer among women in the political arena. Mentored by the late U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Jackson followed Jordan’s passion for public service by dedicating herself to government service for two decades. She holds the distinction of being the first African American woman elected to a city council position in the 153-year history of Galveston County when she was elected to the City Council of Texas City, Texas in May 1992.She served five terms in that capacity. Jackson also served as district chief of staff for the Dean of the Texas Senate and Primary Elections Administrator for the Texas Democratic Party.
Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia. While matriculating at ITC, Reverend Jackson was inducted into the Theta Phi Honor Society, served as Student Body President, Presidential Fellow and received the Isaac R. Clark Preaching Award. In 2010, ITC honored Rev. Jackson with the James H. Costen Emerging Leader Award. She is also a 2007 graduate of the Harvard Divinity School Leadership Development Program. A distinguished writer, Jackson has been published in the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, numerous religious publications and Essence Magazine Online.
Rev. Jackson is a native Texan who has lived and served in Southern Africa as a global development consultant providing economic development and healthcare projects for the most impoverished southern African countries affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and in Atlanta, Georgia as an executive director of a community development corporation providing affordable housing and quality healthcare to low and moderate income families.
Rev. CJ serves as the Lead Campus Pastor at St. John’s - Northwest in Houston, Texas, where Reverends Rudy and Juanita Rasmus are the senior pastors. She is president of On the Edge Ministries, Inc. which develops and facilitates biblical studies curricula, leadership development and ministry training seminars.