The Rev. Dwaine Jackson is looking forward to his second year as pastor of St. James A.M.E. Church, a mid-sized congregation in South Los Angeles. Reappointed in October by Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Sr., presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church, Pastor Jackson aims to increase the church’s efforts to make a difference through the Gospel of Christ.
“Our mission at St. James is teaching the word, counsel, understanding the word through Bible Study, reaching out to the community and making change,” said Pastor Jackson.
“We want to have a ministry that teaches about the goodness of Jesus while assisting with meeting the social and economical needs of the community.”
St. James already operates a number of ministries for all ages through the youth and adult choirs, usher boards, and liturgical dance. The church also offers children’s church, health and wellness program for youth and a senior adult ministry.
“In the future, we hope to have a fully functioning Community Development Corporation that serves the community. We are also planning to reopen our child development center and afterschool program, and provide daily activities for seniors in the community,” he said.
Pastor Jackson comes spiritually and educationally equipped to fulfill the church’s goals. Called to the ministry 20 years ago, he previously served as pastor at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Barstow. He earned a B.A. degree at Wilberforce University, a Master’s of Arts degree at Antioch University, and will complete the Master’s of Divinity program at Payne Theological Seminary in May 2015.
St. James A.M.E. Church is located at 655 West 70th Street in Los Angeles. To learn more, call (323) 758-6786.