Reverend Dr. Valencia T. Jackson was born in Atlanta Georgia. She is the proud daughter of Patricia and Douglas. Pastor Jackson was educated in Atlanta Public Schools. She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Piedmont College, Demorest Georgia. Pastor Jackson earned a Master’s Degree from The University of Georgia in Social Work. She earned a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Candler School of Theology @ Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Jackson earned a Doctorate Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago Illinois.
Pastor Jackson is a Certified Professional Rehabilitation Practitioner. She is a published author. Pastor Jackson serves as the Ministerial Examination Committee Coordinator for the Atlanta Rome District. Reverend Jackson served as a facilitator at the Christian Training Institute for the 6th Episcopal District. Pastor Jackson has served as adjunct professor in Spiritual Formation at Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Black Women in Leadership Fellow.
Pastor Jackson was elected clergy delegate to the 2010 General Conference held in Mobile Alabama. She is the current Senior Pastor of Bethel Grove CME Church, Griffin Georgia. Prior to becoming Pastor of Bethel Grove CME Church, Reverend Jackson was the Senior Pastor of Livingston Chapel CME Church, Covington Georgia.
Pastor Jackson believes that people can be changed by, “The renewing of their minds.” Further, she believes that the church should be dedicated to teaching and practical application in order for the church and for people to grow.