Greater Middle Baptist Church, pastored by the late Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks for 52 years, will install the Rev. William McKinley Jackson as pastor on Aug. 17th.
Rev. Jackson, 40, is the former pastor of the 500-member Samaria Baptist Church of Ft. Worth, Texas.
He accepted his calling to the ministry in June 1981, was licensed in 1983 and ordained in 1989 under the guidance of his father, the late Rev. McKinley Jackson Sr., pastor of Samaria Baptist Church for 35 years.
“I know that my earthly father would be pleased and proud to know that my heavenly father has called me to leave home to spread His gospel and bring more souls to Christ in Memphis, Tenn. where the honorable civil rights legend Rev. Hooks was such an iconic leader for so many years,” Jackson said.
“I intend to use all of my God-given gifts and talents to lead, inspire and edify His church and to help transform the Parkway Village community and the City in which it resides. I am humbled that God and the members of this great church have faith that I am up to the challenge.”
The members of Greater Middle Baptist will begin celebrating Jackson’s installation with revival services August 14th-15th and a banquet August 16th at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis.
“Rev. Jackson is the right man at the right time to lead our congregation and take us to the next level in our spiritual evolution and community involvement and outreach,” said Otis Sanford, chairman of the Deacon Board.
“We searched long and hard and I am confident God sent us the right man for the job. He is a dynamic preacher, a strong leader, great singer and excellent musician. We look forward to growing with him, and through his powerful ministry.”
Jackson received a Master of Theology degree in 2005 from the Houston (Texas) Graduate School of Theology. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist College in 1998. Also, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Weatherford College where he studied music.
Jackson’s wife, Dr. Penelope Jackson, plans to establish a medical practice in Memphis. They have three children.
Dates, times and locations for installation events:
*Revival: 7 p.m., Aug. 14, Greater Middle Baptist Church – 4982 Knight Arnold Road; Guest preacher, the Rev. Bartholomew Orr, pastor of Brown Baptist Church; Master of Ceremony, the Rev. John Brown, pastor of Oakville Baptist Church.
*Revival: 7 p.m., Aug. 15; Guest Preacher: the Rev. George Parks, Jr., pastor, Riverside Missionary Church; Master of Ceremony, the Rev. Lester Baskin, pastor of Middle Baptist.
*Banquet: 5 p.m. Aug. 16 at Holiday Inn, University of Memphis Grand Ballroom, 3700 Central Ave. Speaker: the Rev. J. L. Payne, pastor of Greater Mt. Moriah – Wellington; Ticket price: $40
*Installation service: 3 p.m., Aug. 17th, Greater Middle Baptist Church, 4982 Knight Arnold Rd. Speaker: the Rev. Frank E. Ray, Pastor, New Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Theme: Custom Tailored to Serve - Colossians 1:25. Moderator: the Rev. Melvin Charles Smith, pastor of Mt. Moriah East.