Meet Wil Jackson

Willie “Wil” Jackson is a community leader, pastor, and 3rd generation son of Selma born at Good Samaritan Hospital to Willie Ed and Bettie Jean Jackson.

Wil Jackson has led and overseen the growth of Summer Grove Missionary Baptist Church for the past 14 years. The church is a fixture in Selma, and a church home to 200+ members of our community. Under Jackson’s leadership Summer Grove built a life center that is used to facilitate community meetings and events.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Jackson is the founder and current president of the 4 Rivers Community Development Corporation– and served as vice president of the Selmont Community Development Corporation. Jackson has led numerous wellness initiatives in and around Selma through his community service including: health fairs, food giveaways, and a walking trail installation at Tipton Middle School.

From 1994 to 2003 Jackson served on the Dallas County Water and Sewer Authority Board– with 6 years as Board Chairman. Under Jackson’s leadership the Authority completed upgrades to its water treatment plant, waste water plant, and water tank. Jackson also provided over low water rates, and left the Authority with a surplus of $1.3 million at the conclusion of his service as Board Chair. 

Jackson has been in community development for more than 30 years. As host of WHBB’s “Spotlight on Excellence,” Jackson regularly highlighted the achievements of teens from Selma City Public Schools. He also created the Kid Casanova Selma/Dallas County Teen Dance Off — which was a showcase for Selma-Dallas County area young adults. Dance teams competed for prizes, and the event gave children and parents constructive activities every week to which they could look forward.

Wil Jackson was educated at Southside Elementary School and Southside High School. He went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism with a Minor in Criminal Justice and Business Administration from Troy State University. He also holds two Masters degrees from Selma University in Christian Education and Bible and Pastoral Studies, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate from Virginia University of Lynchburg.

Jackson is  married to Dr. Veronica Jackson.  She is a nurse educator at Wallace Community College and Assistant Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church. Together, they have four children and five grandchildren.

Wil Jackson is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc and President of Christian Clergy in Action Minister’s Association.