NJ Pastor Elected As A.M.E. Bishop

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Rev. Dr. Reginald T. Jackson

Rev. Dr. Reginald T. Jackson

STATE — Rev. Dr. Reginald T. Jackson, who pastors St. Matthew A.M.E. in Orange, was elected as a bishop at the 49th Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference. Jackson was one of two candidates chosen from a field of 17.

In his acceptance speech, Jackson said, “It is good to be in the house of God.” He recognized a list of current bishops who supported and encouraged him through this process. He added, “I will continue to love God, love the Church and be a good shepherd.”

Jackson, a native of Dover, Delaware, has served at St. Matthew A.M.E. since 1981. Under his administration, St. Matthew created its own Community Development Corporation (CDC), called Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation. Known as the “Servant Church of the Oranges,” it has more than 30 ministries that focus on the spiritual, emotional, educational, and physical needs of the church and the community.

Bishops are elected by the delegates of the General Conference. They serve as the general superintendent, chief executive, chief pastor, and administrative head of the AME Church. The church’s first bishop was its founder, Richard Allen, who along with others established the Free African Society in 1787, which evolved into the African Methodist Episcopal Church and was recognized as a religious denomination in 1816.

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