James Jackson is husband to his wife Dorene, and together they have three children and two granddaughters. Pastor Jackson also serves the people of House of Prayer Family Church, which he and his wife pioneered in October of 1995 after moving to Jefferson City in August of the same year. Pastor Jackson’s employment history includes the United States Army, from which he has been retired for 21 years, Associate Pastor of Grace Covenant Christian Center in Waynesville, MO, the Department of Natural Resources in Jefferson City, MO, and service as chaplain of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2003 to 2010. Pastor Jackson is very active in Christian service, leading bible study for Bridge-Builders Ministry at Jefferson City Correctional Center and New Horizons Prison Ministry at Algoa Correctional Center, being an ordained minister with the Association of Faith Churches and Ministers since 1998, earning a Master of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 2007, being a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Pregnancy Help Center of Central Missouri, and serving on the executive boards of the Healing House/New Beginnings and Koinonia Restoration House for Men. He is also a member of the board for Right-Turn Reentry Process. Pastor Jackson says of his faith community, “House of Prayer Family Church is a gathering of believers focused on connecting with God, one another and community. We do this by building authentic relationships with people outside the walls of our building, sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom and making ourselves accessible to God and our neighbors.  It provides an atmosphere of hope, compassion and love to an ever-changing culture.”