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Pastor Houston James Jackson

Pastor Houston James Jackson
  • November 1, 1928 - May 11, 2015
  • San Francisco, California

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Pastor Houston James Jackson was born to the late Clarence and Dimple May Jackson on November 1, 1928 in Greensburg, LA. Also known as "Jack".

Pastor Jackson received the gift of singing at an early age. He loved to sing and praise the name of The Lord. Education and music was all he knew. He sang with the Golden Harp Singers in Hammond, LA.

God directed Pastor Jackson to move to San Francisco, CA where he joined the Southern Sons Gospel Singers as well as the Trumpet Singers of San Francisco.

On March 11, 1951 Pastor Jackson became a member of First Union Baptist Church of San Francisco under the leadership of the late Pastor Nathaniel Reason. While at First Union he sang in the Mission Chorus. It was through singing that allowed him to meet many people. Singing was the catalyst that directed the move of God in his life. Pastor Jackson knew that he had a calling on his life at an early age.

On April 20, 1975 he accepted his calling to preach God's word. The late Pastor Henry L. Davis Sr. ordained him to be a minister and go forth and preach the gospel.

First Union Missionary Baptist Church is where he met his lovely and stunning wife Carolyn (Peters) Jackson. They dated for five years and on August 17, 1985 they were united as one in holy matrimony.

On December 4, 1983 he became the Pastor of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church of San Francisco, CA. He then enrolled into Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA to prepare himself to be the best leader to God's people.

While pastoring Pastor Jackson touched many lives, hearts were changed, souls were saved, and he conducted numerous activities throughout the community. He also ordained seven ministers under his leadership.

Shortly after he joined the Pastors and Ministers Council, of which he became the First Vice President. He was also Spiritual Advisor for Exodus #278 Order of the Eastern Star, Worthy Matron -Shirley Williams. His other community service includes: President of the American Singers Association for 14 years. Supporter of Local #4 Voice of Victory Choir, Coordinator of the Harriet Tubman Terrace, a senior citizen complex located in Berkeley, CA and President of the Board for Alton Management Corp. which oversaw Banneker Homes apartments. He received numerous honors and awards including one from Senator Leland Y. Yee of California.

After retiring as Pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church for 26 years with 35 years in ministry he and First Lady Emeritus Carolyn Jackson returned back where it all started at First Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Pastor Jackson was employed with Service Concrete Company for 25 years. He was given a surprise "This is Your Life" celebration, by the late, Pastor A. L. Cobbs and the Gethsemane MBC family. Pastor Jackson was also given his first surprise birthday party at the age of 75 and his second one at the age of 80.

He loved music so much he took classes to further enhance his knowledge in theory and technique. He took his first piano lesson at the age of 70. He was so musically inclined that he wanted to give others a chance to further their abilities. He gave four young men an opportunity to do so. They were Rev. Robert Lathan, Kenneth Washington, Minister Marcell Crawford and Walter Swift. These men were a part of the music ministry at Gethsemane Baptist Church.

Reverend Jackson was found saying, "Oooh, Oooh, Oooh, Oh Jesus!" and his favorite inspirations songs are "God Has Smiled on Me," "Move on Up a Little Higher," "There is No Failure in God." "Look Where He Brought Me From" and "I Won't Complain." Pastor Jackson's sermons and preaching were uplifting, inspiring and heavenly anointed.

His prayer was to leave a Christian legacy that will be cherished by his devoted wife, Lady Carolyn Jackson; loving stepmother, Bessie Jackson; two children, Krystal Williams, Kadeysha Green; three grandchildren, Krystal Rivera, Christina Rivera and Tyrone Naylor, where he witnessed the journey to college, one sister, Betty Jean Jackson, two brothers, Walter Frazier (Amy), Clarence Jackson; Sisters-in-law Ruth Pressley and Annette Davis Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brother-in-law Deacon James Harry (Jimmie Mae) New Orleans, Louisiana. Four adopted sons, Pastor Gerald Criswell, Reverend Albert Johnson, Evangelist Kevin Hall and Clifford Naylor; adopted sister Joyce McBride; Godparents - Deacon Henry Lee and Deaconess Jessie Lee; a host of nieces and nephews, the Gethsemane Church Family, the First Union Church Family and many other relatives and friends.