Rob Jackson is the new director of evangelism and church revitalization for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. The announcement was made during the SBOM trustees’ Feb. 9 meeting in Prattville.
Jackson, who served as an associate in the office of evangelism under then office director Sammy Gilbreath from 1999 to 2003 before returning to the pastorate, has been serving as director of church health for SBOM since 2021.
The SBOM trustees also approved a staff restructuring that includes combining the work of evangelism and church revitalization under one director. Daniel Wilson, the new pastor of First Baptist Church Jemison, previously served as director of evangelism and retired state missionary Gilbreath before him.
SBOM executive director Rick Lance told The Alabama Baptist, “Rob Jackson is eminently qualified to lead us in the areas of evangelism and church revitalization. His pastoral experience is solid. His walk with God is exemplary. His experience with the State Board of Missions is noteworthy.
“I am pleased that Rob has consented to expand his ministry through the SBOM to include leadership in evangelism,” he said. “He has already been well accepted by Alabama Baptists. I believe this will be even more enhanced in the future.”
Pastoral, educational experience
Jackson served 15 years as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Decatur and eight years as associate pastor at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky. He also served as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Double Springs while doing graduate studies at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham in the early 1990s.
He holds a Ph.D. and master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a pharmacy degree from Samford.
Jackson’s story includes experience with both Asbury revivals (1970 and 2023) — read more here.
He also has taught seminary and Bible college classes and served a stint as special assistant to the president for church relations and associate professor of disciplemaking at the University of Mobile.
Wide range of ministry experience
Jackson recently spoke at the Alabama Baptist State Evangelism Conference and urged Alabama Baptists to “reach more in ’24” — read the full story here.
A founding board member of Romanian-American Mission, Jackson continues to oversee the work of RAM, which has experienced new ministry opportunities with its Romanian partners being so close to the Russia-Ukraine war.
Jackson has been published by a variety of sources, served on several trustee boards and participated in numerous missions trips through the years. His career path also includes more than 15 years active in pharmacy (he still maintains his license) and a couple of years serving as vice president of church and ministry engagement for Volunteers of America.
Jackson and his wife, Tonya, are members of First Baptist Church Prattville and have one adult daughter.