of Jackson Theological Seminary 

Rev. T. W. Watkins

Rev. Rufus King Young
Rev. Charles N. Irving

Rev. Dr. Colin McRae Lambert

Rev. James R. Hooper

Rev. Clarence Guy
Rev. Clarence B. Boyd

Rev. Cecil L. Williams Jr.



Jackson Theological Seminary is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS),

PO Box 328, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: 434-525-9539; e-mail:, having been awarded Candidacy Status as a Category 1 institution by TRACS’ Accreditation Commission on October 27, 2020 ; this status is effective for a period of five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education. (INCAAHE).


The Board of Trustees, faculty and staff affirm that student learning is at the core of our purpose as a seminary. The ability to measure learning accomplishes two purposes: it allows us to demonstrate our accountability to our various publics but, more importantly, it provides us with the capacity to impact and improve the degree of learning that occurs in our Seminary.


The Seminary has developed a Plan to Assess Student Academic Achievement, in accordance with the requirements of The Association of Theological Schools. The plan ensures the Seminary has specific learning outcomes for each of its degree programs and validates that students earning degrees have achieved those outcomes. Validity measures include instructor assessment, certification trainings, and evaluations by external professionals. The results of the assessment efforts are used to improve instruction as necessary to guarantee that our students can succeed in ministry endeavors.


Jackson has cultivated educational partnerships with Jackson Theological Seminary and neighboring colleges in the area.


Sharpen and positively challenge students’ bandwidth of religious and ethical information.  Present the broadest and most relevant Christian interpretation of the biblical narrative to students.  Equipping faith leaders for the Church Militant while keeping the Church Triumphant ever in our purview.  Developing an active community of faculty and students to become change-agents towards a beloved community.  Fostering spaces for engaging theological rhetoric.  Designing impactful strategies to effectively speak truth to power as well as healing and hope to the least, the lost and the left out.  Provide opportunities for both students and faculty to deepen their personal spiritual formation.  Partnering with students to help their respective local communities find their place and purpose in the global community.  Offer a thoughtful and rigorous curriculum that encourages students to make a positive difference wherever they go.


Jackson Theological Seminary is an educational community preparing people for service to the local church and the broader community through transformative teaching and training.  The faculty, administration and staff are committed to preparing students for effective Christian leadership in pastoral and ministerial service.


Notice is hereby given that Jackson Theological Seminary has adopted institutional procedures in compliance with the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act of 1974, assuring the right of a student to view his or her educational records upon request.


Jackson Theological Seminary believes that the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Spirit guide us to God intention for humanity in faithful relationship with Jesus the Christ.  We believe this is aptly expressed through the motto of the African Methodist Episcopal Church – “God our Creator, Christ our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit our Comforter, humanity our family.” We believe this doctrine supports the notion of liberation as a basis for understanding God’s will for humanity.  As created beings of God, we find Christianity rooted in the act of salvation, releasing us from the bond of sin’s consequences.  Equally, we believe that the grace of God receives us and frees us of all unrighteousness that we confess.