Dr. Walter Jackson
I have been in the cool sunshine of Winter Park for ten years. The great thing about Central Florida is that there are people from everywhere all over the place. And we have a chance to show them how much the Lord loves them.
I was born in Memphis, TN. I have two great parents, James and Jo. I have an older sister Liane and a younger brother John. I’m a first born middle son. That means, in the birth order psychologically, I can lead or you can lead, but I am only happy when we are going somewhere.
I grew up in a small house in the Graceland area. I went to Graceland church, went to Graceland school. And in the summers I went to Graceland pool, and in the Fall I would ‘trick or treat’ at Elvis’ Graceland mansion.
At the age of nine, and until I went off to college, I had my own business and paid for three academic degrees. I met my wonderful wife, Pam, in high school. I humorously like to say that she was a “stalker” and I am glad of it. Pam is the love of my life. There are three sports that I love: road bike cycling, coaching, and reading 5 books at one time. There is a fourth sport I love to work on: things that matter to people.
I have pastored for 33 years. The greatest thing about pastoring is that we get to hang out with people in all kinds of communities. That means I get to love on all kinds of people, and most often get to rescue people who are hurting by moving the family of God into a position to heal and to help the hurting.
One more thing about pastoring is that I love speaking the creativity and love of God’s Word into people’s lives. I’m amazed that people come and listen to me. But it is my hope that people, while I speak, can feel free to laugh a lot, cry some, and walk out feeling loved by God.
The greatest things that Pam and I have are our two kids and a dog. Lauren is our daughter, and we are so proud of her. She works in the city schools of Nashville, loving on kids and teaching them physical education and coaching. She is also a volunteer Intern and Strength Coach at Vanderbilt University. A.J., our son, is a Senior at the University of Alabama, and is majoring in Marketing. He was awarded a scholarship by the President of the University of Alabama and he is having a blast in college. Lucy is our Golden Retriever, who works every day at VBS here at FBCWP with the children and even hosts family movies nights like “Brave” in our church Gym.
Minister of Music
I was born and raised in Memphis, TN, and lived there until 2001, when my wife and I moved to Winter Park. Linda is also a native Memphian. We met at Memphis State University where we were cast opposite each other in the leading roles in “Beauty and the Beast.” Our first kiss was on stage, and it cast a spell over me from which I’ve never recovered. We both received Bachelor’s degrees in music, and I later received a Master’s degree in sacred music from the same institution.
I served three churches in the Memphis area and also taught vocal music for 13 years at Briarcrest Christian High School which, at that time, was the largest Christian school system in America. Linda and I have two wonderful children, Robin and Stephen, as well as five adorable grandchildren. Pastor Walter and I previously served together for six years at Hickory Ridge Baptist Church in Memphis in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s.
Minister to Children and Middle School Students
Although I was born in the great state of Texas, we only lived in Dallas for about 9 months before my parents moved to Florida. My husband, Clayton, and I met while working our way through college. We both worked at Walt Disney World as trainers on Space Mountain. We also spent time working together at Lockheed Martin and I taught school before I was blessed to be a stay-at-home-mom with our 3 wonderful children, Amanda, Aric and Adelyn.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and have been on staff at the church for 18 years. I love singing on the Praise Team and with the Adult Connection Choir when my schedule permits. My favorite activities here at church are the ones where I can interact with the children and students, and with their families.