Introducing our New Pastor

The Rev. Jeff Jackson (Brother Jeff) is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has served as the Director for the Center of Reaching New People, and New Congregational Development of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church and most recently has been laying the groundwork and developing property for a new church plant called The Vine of NWA.

Reaching people who have stepped away from the church, and people who have never been a part of the church, is a critical part of the calling and trajectory of creating vital congregations that make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world. This has always been a calling on Jeff’s heart and each church he has served has been able to reach many people for Christ and His Kingdom.

Rev. Jackson has been responsible for working with District Missional Strategists, pastors, and laity in creating a variety of new places for new people that includes new churches, second campuses, "Fresh Expressions" and new faith communities. Additionally, Jeff has helped in recruiting and preparing pastors for this new type of work and has helped to develop models and best practices that can be utilized by local congregations in planting and developing new faith communities.

Rev. Jackson is married to Lyn Vance Jackson. Lyn has been a Teacher and Coach for over 30 years and is looking forward to finding a teaching job within the local community. They have 5 children between them and 4 wonderfully perfect grandchildren. Jeff is a native of Camden, AR where he graduated from Fairview High School. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Henderson State University, and a Master of Divinity from Duke University.  Lyn is a native of Parkers Chapel and a Graduate of Ouachita Baptist University where she played college basketball.

He has served as a pastor in the Arkansas Conference and the North Carolina Conference, and has very successfully helped churches to grow not only numerically but in their discipleship and spirituality.  Jeff is also an entrepreneur and has developed highly successful businesses from the ground up in both Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Jeff truly has an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for reaching all the broken people who are all around us every day and desperately need to experience the healing, saving grace of our Savior. He believes strongly that it is up to us, the church, to develop new ways to reach those people where they are, rather than waiting for them to come to us. He is also very passionate about discipleship within the local church and developing strong paths of Discipleship that allow people to get plugged in to ministry opportunities in the church where they can use their gifts and graces for the Kingdom.

Jeff and Lyn are extremely excited to be a part of the Searcy First Community and are looking forward to meeting each and every one of you as we see how God is calling us all to be in ministry together.