Pastor Jackson: Raised on the word of God
Local pastor follows in his father’s footsteps
Gigi Tinsley | 11/7/2013, 9 a.m.
The Millrock Holy Missionary Baptist Church (2575 N.W. 65th St.) was founded 45 years ago by the late Pastor Emeritus Reverend Andrew Jackson. His son, the Reverend Aaron Jackson, has served as the church’s pastor since 2007. Before the son took over, Millrock was under the leadership of Rev. James McKinnon, his brother-in-law. Since its inception, Millrock has been under the guidance and direction of a family member.
“I have been in ministry for approximately 13 years and a pastor for six of those years,” Jackson said. “The need I saw was the building of a bridge between the youth and the older members of the church. That became my mission.”
From father to son
As a young man, Jackson assisted his father and mother in the ministry while also working for the Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections.
“God placed me on that journey for 30 years in order to mold and shape me for the bigger trip to lead God’s people to him,” he said. “While at corrections, I ministered to the most broken of men and women because I saw them hurting. My consistency and faithfulness paid off. Many of them abandoned their criminal lifestyles.”
Official ministry for Jackson began in 2000 while he was a church deacon. In 2005, he was licensed as a minister and became the official youth minister. In 2006, he was ordained as a minister under the leadership of McKinnon. When McKinnon resigned, Jackson took over as interim pastor and after receiving a majority vote, he was installed in July 2007 as the pastor.
First Lady Gloria sincerely believes that her “husband’s love, faith and obedience to God and his family have impacted the church and his ministry. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 25 faithful, active members to a membership of more than 180 members in six years. And continues to grow.”
The church has established several new ministries and reactivated older ones. Jackson says he’s most proud of how his youth have stepped forward.
“During the service, our youth are asked to come to the front of the church and the youth director gives them a sermon that relates directly to them,” he said.
For 20 years, Millrock did not have musicians but under Jackson’s leadership there is now a music ministry consisting of keyboard players, drummers and four choirs, as well as a dance ministry, Unspoken Praise, and a mime ministry, Anointed Hands.
Jackson’s vision for Millrock is to reach beyond the walls of the sanctuary into the homes of those in need of salvation. He currently serves as chaplain for the Miami Gardens Police Department. On January 24, 2014, Millrock was host its Gospel in the Gardens on the church’s grounds.