The Reverend Jeanette Pinkston Jackson will preach during the annual Family and Friends Day Program at Shady Grove AME Church, 831 Highway 39 South, Sunday, July 7, at 2:30 pm. She was recently appointed pastor of the Georgetown Circuit, which is comprised of Shady Grove and Saint Stephen AME churches in Georgetown. Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District of Georgia made the pastoral appointment during the Sixth District Post-Planning meeting held at the Classic Center in Athens.
Prior to her new appointment, Pinkston Jackson pastored Salem AME Church in Watkinsville for six years, where she revitalized the church by focusing on spiritual formation and transformation. The church facility was also upgraded during her tenure.
She has served as Supply Pastor at Saint Paul AME Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and was an associate pastor at Saint Philip AME Church in Atlanta, where she answered her call to ministry. While an associate pastor at Lee Chapel AME Church in Nashville, Tennessee, she was actively involved with PowerUp Youth Ministry, and the Tennessee Conference Board of Examiners, and the Christian Education Department of the North Nashville District. She was the director of media relations for the Nashville-based General Board of Discipleship, an international agency of the United Methodist Church committed to making world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
In addition to her work in ministry, Jackson has nearly 30 years of experience in public broadcasting and education. Prior to joining GBOD, she was director of Broadcasting and Media for Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s (WPBA-TV 30, WABE 90.1 FM) and Comcast Cable Channel 22. She was also assistant director of Education Services at Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB); and product development coordinator and senior media development specialist with the Georgia Department of Education.
Pinkston Jackson began her career in education as a high school English teacher at Stewart-Quitman High School. She also taught at Chamblee High School in DeKalb County. She recently retired from Rockdale County Public Schools where she was employed as an English teacher and RTI Coordinator.
She received the Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia; with further study at Westminster College of Cambridge University in Cambridge, England; certification in Educational Leadership at Georgia State University; the Master of Arts in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio; and the Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa.
The Reverend Jackson was ordained itinerant elder in the Atlanta-North Georgia Annual Conference. The pastoral appointment to Saint Stephen-Shady Grove includes a transfer to the Central District of the Southwest Georgia Annual Conference.
The Reverend Pinkston Jackson resides in Conyers, Georgia. Her daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and David, and her cherished granddaughters: Nina and Deanna live in Charlotte, North Carolina.