Rev. Dr. James D. Jackson 

Rev. Dr. James D. Jackson is currently the Senior Pastor of the Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church (GMBC) of Harrisburg, PA.

Before becoming the Pastor of GMBC he was an Associate Minister at St. Paul Baptist Church in Bethlehem, PA, under the late Marshall E. Griffin Sr. Rev. Dr. Jackson received his ministerial license in September 2004.  He was ordained into the gospel ministry in October 2007. 

Dr. Jackson is an active member of the Central Baptist Association of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the President of the Clergy Ministry. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania State Baptist Convention as Vice-President of the Central Region of the PBSC Clergy Ministry. Dr. Jackson has been a member of the Commission on Peace for the Baptist World Alliance since 2010. Dr. Jackson had the privilege of being a presenter at the 2010 Baptist World Alliance Christian Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii

Dr. Jackson has been a member of the African American Ministers Alliance of Steelton since 2013 and is a former member of the United Black Churches Ministry Association of Pennsylvania in Allentown, PA (2004-2009).

Dr. Jackson is currently serving as a City Chaplain for the Harrisburg City Police Department (2013). Dr. Jackson is also the former Vice-Moderator at Large of Central Baptist Association of Pennsylvania serving from (2009 to 2013).  From 2005 until 2009 he served as the Recording Secretary for the General Body.  And From 2006 until 2009 he served as the Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary to the Clergy Ministry.

Additionally, Dr. Jackson is also the former Chief Financial Officer for the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention where he serves as Treasure and the chairperson of the Finance Committee (2009-2013).

Dr. Jackson has been an Instructor for the Pennsylvania State Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education, the Central Baptist Association Congress of Christian Education, Mt. Zion Institutional Revival of Steelton, PA and the Christian Leadership Institute of Harrisburg Pa. He teaches courses in Developing a Christian Counseling Ministry, Black Male and Female in the Development of the Family, Technology and the Church, Developing a Christian Education Ministry, Introduction to Theology and Adolescence and Faith.  

Dr. Jackson received his undergraduate degree (BA) in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He did his graduate work at the University of Kansas where he received his Master’s and Ph.D., in Cognitive Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Gerontology. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Jackson started completing course work toward a Master of Theological Studies at Moravian Theological Seminary, in Bethlehem Pa.

In 1991, he received one of the first Minority Dissertation Fellowship Presented by the National Institute on Aging. In 2004 and again in 2005 he received the Carpenter Scholarship presented by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to attended Moravian Theological Seminary. Additionally in 2005, he was awarded the Rev. Dr. Elaine Bogert Scholarship Award presented by Moravian Theological Seminary. 

In 2007 he received the Outstanding Teacher and Advisor Award presented by The P.A.C. Organization of Kutztown University (Participant, Academics and Campus Life). In 2006, 2007 and 2009 he received an Ambassador of Learning Award presented by Kutztown University.

In 2012 he received the Educator of the Year Award for the Omega Xi Chapter, of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

In 2008 he received the Human Relations Award for his work on the Lehigh Valley Black African Heritage Project presented by The Allentown Human Relations Commission. From 2001 until 2009 he served as a Humanities Scholar and from 2001 to 2005 he was the Director of Research for the project. In March of 2009, he and other key individuals on the project received the Allentown Arts Ovation Award for Outstanding Achievement Through the Arts for the original work “Another River Flows” which was develop from that project.    

In 1992 he was given an Outstanding Young Men of America Award. In 2010 Dr. Jackson was nominated for Who’s Who Among African Americans and in 2011 he was nominated for Who’s Who Among African American Executives and Professionals.

Dr. Jackson served on the Berks County Labor Council form 2008 to 2012 and is the former Chairperson of the Pennsylvania State Student-Faculty Liaison Committee of APSCUF (The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties) 

Dr. Jackson is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, at Kutztown University, Kutztown, and an Adjunct Professor the Wesco Evening College at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA.  He was formally an Adjunct Professor at Reading Hospital School of Health Science, Reading,

Dr. Jackson teaches courses in General Psychology, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Adulthood & Aging, Life Span Development, Experimental Psychology, History & Systems and Cognitive Psychology.

He is the Faculty & Spiritual Advisor of the Campus Praise Ministries at Kutztown University.

He is a Co-Author of two psychology text books entitled: “Understanding Psychology” now in its 6th edition (2011) and “Charting the Human Development: A Life Span Perspective”, 1st edition (2012).

Rev. Dr. James D. Jackson is a researcher, lecturer, and author in the fields of gerontology, academic student success and minority cultural issues, with numerous publications and numerous international and national presentations in these fields. A sought after instructor, Dr. Jackson has taught at Shippensburg University, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University, Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley, Widener University, Lincoln University, Moravian College, Allegheny University and Lehigh Carbon Community College and has received numerous teaching and service awards.

He is a member of Alpha Mu Nu of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. serves as Chaplin. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania Wyoming Lodge #135 and the Order of Eastern Stars Virginia E Holland #86.

He is married to Lisa Ann Jackson, they have one son Ezra Daniel Jackson and he has one daughter Julaya Lei Bridgette.

 [updated 5-13]


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