Elder John Andrew Jackson a son of the Church of God in Christ was born August 2, 1951 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was the 6 th child of Elder Andrew Jackson and Missionary Doris Jackson Gibson. He spent his early childhood in Wichita Falls and attended Booker T. Washington School. After the death of his father in 1962, John moved to Hartford, Connecticut with his mother and sister in 1966. The family joined Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop Jefferson. As John grew up in the church, he began to travel with Bishop Jefferson. During this time, John realized his calling to ministry. Bishop Jefferson mentored and taught John until he returned to Wichita Falls.
Elder John Andrew Jackson had the opportunity to pastor his father’s church as an interim pastor. Later Elder Jackson was installed as pastor of the House of Deliverance Church of God in Christ of Goree, Texas. God blessed him to serve diligently for over twenty five years.
After many experiences, both positive and negative, he found himself traveling with his uncle, Bishop J.E. Alexander from whom he learned many valuable life lessons.
He was married to Joyce Embers, becoming the father to Cotriena Embers. He was later married to Barbara Watson and Judy Scheff.
He was predeceased by two brothers; James and Charles Jackson, one sister; Susie Bates, and his mother; Doris “Mother” Gibson.
He leaves three sisters; Andi Jackson Ali, Nynett Jackson, and Doris Leatha Patterson, one daughter; Cotriena Embers, one grand daughter; Tia Embers and three great grandchildren; Sonea, Soryon and Tiahna. He also leaves a host of nephews, nieces, his sister in law; Marilyn Jackson and a trusted friend and brother in Christ, Elder John Broyles.
He who has been there for others has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. He who has gained the respect of intelligent men; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who looked for the best in others and given the best he had, whose life has been an inspiration, whose memory is a benediction.
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