Central Names Project Director for New Initiative

Central Baptist Seminary learned recently that it will receive a grant from the Lilly Endowment for their initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers.  Angela Barker Jackson, Central create MDiv student, has now been appointed as the project director for that initiative.

Angela Barker Jackson“I invited Angela Barker Jackson to be the project director for Central's Lilly grant,” said President Molly T. Marshall, “because of the excellence she brings to every assignment. Whether it be teaching or preaching, writing or administering, she invests herself fully. She is attentive to details, understands how to manage complex tasks, and perceives the challenges presented by the economics of ministry.  Her insights into educational debt and ministry compensation, from the perspective of both a seminarian as well as a pastor, equip her to direct this important project. I am delighted that she is willing to take this on and anticipate very good outcomes in addressing issues of student debt.”

Jackson and her husband began serving as co-pastors of Gage Park Baptist Church in Topeka about six months ago, and they understand the issues pastors and churches face with regard to compensation.  She looks forward to getting started and even began some preliminary work at the recent EMERGE conference where she was participating with other new clergy and seminarians and meeting American Baptist denominational personnel.  Said Jackson, “I am truly delighted about directing this innovative project.  As a pastoral leader, I am passionate about sustaining the ministries of local congregations and individual ministers; and finances figure into ministry health for both churches and leaders.  The Lilly Grant affords us the opportunity to collect vital information, to create meaningful collaboration, and to provide beneficial education about the ‘Economics of Ministry.’  I anticipate the formation of partnerships among seminarians, church pastors, judicatory leaders, financial coaches, and the seminary community. What an exciting time to be a part of Central!”

Each aspect of the initiative – research, education, and collaboration – will reconfigure the landscape of student debt, support an educational model that prepares graduates to understand the financial metrics of ministry, and encourage strengthened partnerships with churches and communities.  Jackson will manage these efforts to address and remediate the economic challenges pastoral leaders face in ways that help ministers and the churches they serve to flourish.