Bishop Michael V. Jackson, Sr.
Charlottesville, VA

Bishop Michael V. Jackson, Sr.


Michael Van Jackson, Sr. was blessed to be raised by a family who loved and served the Lord. As a youth, he learned to reverence God and honor his family. He observed and was taught holy living, faithfulness to a local church, and the strength of family bonds. He is married to Louise Jackson. They have one son, Michael, Jr., four grandchildren and one great grandchild.


On January 21, 1979, Bishop Jackson received the Holy Spirit and joined the Northeast Holy Trinity Church that was founded and pastored by his uncle, the late Bishop Kent T. Holmes.  In 1985 he was called into the five-fold ministry and two years later, in 1987 he was ordained and appointed Youth Pastor of the Northeast Holy Trinity Church.  During this time, he also served as the Northern District General Inspector for the Federation of Holy Trinity Churches, Inc. for seven years.

In 1996 Bishop Jackson obeyed the voice of the Lord and birthed Emmanuel Christian Center in Ruckersville, Virginia with Co-Founder Louise Jackson with the vision of “Saving Souls & Building Leaders.”  On April 7, 1996 Emmanuel Christian Center (ECC) opened its doors for the first service with the support of close family, friends, and co-workers.

Michael V. Jackson, Sr. was consecrated to the office of Bishop on July 12, 2003.  God then began to enlarge Bishop Jackson’s territory in great and new ways.  He became a spiritual covering and ministry Father for new ministries.  Also, a fellowship of churches was established under the auspices of Emmanuel Christian Center Ministries Fellowship.  On June 18, 2011 Bishop Jackson was publicly consecrated as Presiding Prelate of Emmanuel Christian Center Ministries Fellowship.

Bishop Jackson holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Theology & Ministry from Interdenominational Ministries International College and received a Doctorate of Ministry from Life Christian University. He also holds both the degree and title of Doctor of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian University.

Bishop Jackson’s involvement in the community includes participation in the following:  Youth Development Council of Greene County, Greene County Ministerial Association, Greene County Transit Advisory Board, Stonewall Jackson Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Charlottesville Vicinity African American Pastors Council, Prison Ministry, Prison Re-Entry Program, and the Orange Co Task Force. Additionally, he oversees Lifeline Youth Programs, a community initiative of Emmanuel Christian Center Ministries.  Because of his involvement in the community, in 2017 the Daily Progress newspaper named Bishop Jackson one of the Distinguished Dozen, calling him a “fatherly figure for the Ruckersville fold”.  Greene County honored Bishop Jackson by selecting him as the first African American Grand Marshall of the 2019 Greene County 4th of July Parade.

Bishop Michael Van Jackson, Sr. loves and orders his steps by this scripture, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the    watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalms 127:1).