Obituary: Dr. Walter C. Jackson, III

ACPE News | January 15, 2019

With great sadness, the family of Dr. Walter C. Jackson, III wishes to inform you of his passing on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the age of 85. 

Born to Walter C. Jackson, Jr. and Elsie Mae Jackson, Walter began a lifetime of ministry with his baptism at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Chester, PA on Easter Sunday, 1945. He graduated from Chester High School in ‘51 and from the University of Richmond in ‘55 with a Bachelors Degree in Religion. He was ordained as a Baptist Minister at the Belmont Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, September 11, 1955.

In 1956, while serving at the Brighton Street Mission in Newport, KY, Walter met Jacqueline Jean Rhoads; the two fell in love and married the following year. While studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Walter pastored a succession of Kentucky churches, Paynesville Baptist Church, Mt. Eden Baptist Church, and then Vine Street Baptist Church in Louisville. 

In 1964, Walter began his service as Chaplain at The Kentucky Baptist Hospital in Louisville and in 1968 he earned a Doctorate in Philosophy in Church History from Southern Seminary. He served as Director of Pastoral Care for the Louisville Baptist Hospitals before moving to Oklahoma City in 1977 to create the Department of Pastoral Care at the Oklahoma Baptist Medical Center, and serve as its Founding Director. 

In 1981, Walter returned to Louisville to teach at The Kentucky Baptist Seminary, where he served as the Associate Dean of Theology, and established an approved academic program for “Ministry Supervision” as an “area of research” for PhD Studies in Supervised Ministry Experience. In 1990, Walter Jackson authored the book, Codependence and the Christian Faith with Broadman Press. He served as the Interim Dean of Theology at Southern Seminary from 1991 to 1992 and retired in Spring of 1998 only to step away from retirement the following year to be the founding Dean for the School of Theology at Campbellsville University in Kentucky.   He served at Campbellsville University until 2003; the Theological Library Room at Campbellsville is named in his honor. In 2010, Walter came out of retirement a second time to train chaplains of all faiths to minister to our armed forces. 

During Walter Jackson’s career as a minister, pastor, chaplain, professor, author, and supervisor he re-established the Accredited Clinical Pastoral Education Program in Kentucky. He founded the Pastoral Counseling Center at Kentucky Baptist Hospital, and established the Accredited Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Oklahoma Baptist Medical Center. In retirement, he served as a supervisor and consultant for the St Matthews Pastoral Counseling Center, Visiting CPE Supervisor for Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, KY and for St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY as well as an Online Clinical Supervisor for the Wayne Oates Institute. Walter Jackson’s professional service included certifications, committee responsibilities, and chairmanships for the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, The American Association of Pastoral Counselors and The Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Walter Jackson was a founding Board Member of the Wayne Oates Institute and served as the Founding President and Vice President of the Kentucky Baptist Hospital Chaplaincy Association.

Walter’s final retirement in 2013 allowed him to enjoy more time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jacqueline Jean Jackson, sister Carolyn Mae Jackson Elmore, children Jerri Leigh Jackson, Jeffrey Walter Jackson, Nanci Carol Jackson Ruby and 7 grandchildren Jamie Wood Stuart, Colton Wood, Jeffrey Taylor Jackson, Christopher Graham Jackson, Thomas Blake Jackson, James David Ruby, and Wesley Robert Ruby and 2 great grandchildren Braydon and Georgia Stewart.

“I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15

You are invited to celebrate the life and legacy the Reverend Walter C. Jackson, III. Ph.D.

Memorial Service:
11 AM, Saturday, January 26th, 2019
St Matthews Baptist Church, Sanctuary
3515 Grandview Avenue
Louisville, KY 40207

2 PM, Saturday, January 26th, 2019
Louisville Memorial Gardens Chapel
11601 Ballardsville Road
Louisville, KY 40241

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either of the following: Saint Matthews Baptist Church Pastoral Counseling Center for the establishment of a Walter C. Jackson scholarship or Saint Matthews Baptist Church Reimagine Campaign.
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