Cornerstone Baptist Church

Bishop Charles Jackson III

 

Bishop Charles J.J. Jackson III, Senior Pastor

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Dr. Charles J. J. Jackson III, a soul-stirring, impactful, passionate preacher and teacher was born on August 9, 1967 to the late Reverend Dr. Charles and Alease Jackson. A native of Chesterfield County, Virginia, Dr. Jackson is the youngest of seven children. He accepted Christ at the age of five.
     As an advocate for higher education, Dr. Jackson earned the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Richmond Virginia Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. In May, 2000, he received a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA. In May 2006, Dr. Jackson earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina.
     Called into the Gospel Ministry at the age of 19, Dr. Jackson preached his initial sermon at the age of 20. He was ordained in 1989 at the age of 22 and served as an Associate Minister at Oak Grove Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of his father. He also became an Associate Minister at Cedar Street Baptist Church of God in Richmond, Virginia under Dr. Benjamin W. Robertson, Sr. In 1991, Dr. Jackson was called to the pastorate at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lanexa, Virginia where he served until 1995 when he was called to the pastorate at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.
     In October, 2000, Dr. Jackson was welcomed as the new pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Under his leadership, Cornerstone expanded in number and in ministry. To accommodate the overwhelming growth, the church purchased 63 acres of land, and, to the Glory of God, Dr. Jackson led his congregation into a new 1,800 seat, five million dollar worship campus and facility. The church has grown to over fifty internal ministries serving the congregation and the Spartanburg community. The Lord has used Dr. Jackson to train ministers in preaching the gospel and in serving the congregation. Presently, he is honored to teach and train over sixty Elders, licensed ministers and ministers in training at Cornerstone.
     Dr. Jackson is a prolific and well-respected author. In 2010, he published his first book, Outreach Theology: Transitioning the Traditional Church, which provides biblical application to connect church and community. As founder of Calvary Fellowship Ministries, he mentors, guides, and trains pastors as well as church leaders. Known for his direct, energetic mode of delivery and life-changing style of preaching/teaching, Dr. Jackson is highly respected in the training arena. He is also the co-founder of Joy and Strength Ministries and Charles Jackson Ministries, LLC. In April, 2011, Dr. Jackson was consecrated as Bishop by his fathers in the gospel ministry: the late Apostle Floyd E. Nelson, Sr. and Presiding Prelate of International Bible Way Church of Jesus Christ, Inc. Apostle Willie E. Rookard. Recently, Dr. Jackson was appointed to serve as Bishop over the Presbytery of International Bible Way.
     Dr. Jackson believes in faith-based involvement in the community. He is a chaplain for the City of Spartanburg Police Department and a member of the Epsilon Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Fall, 2013).
     Dr. Jackson is a dedicated and devoted family man. He is married to the former Alaine Charlene Harris of Glen Allen, Virginia and they are blessed with three children: Minister Aleasha (Donnell) Foster; Minister Charles Jalen Emanuel (Akia) Jackson; Minister Alexis Helene Jackson; and one new grandson, Charles Jerome Elisha Jackson.