Born in Centreville, Mississippi to the late Rev. Julius D. Jackson, Sr. and Josetta A. Jackson. Rev. Julius David Jackson, Jr. (J.D.) spent the first year of life in Monroe, Louisiana until his family relocated to Rochester, NY. He attended Rush-Henrietta Roth High School and in 2018 received the distinguished alumni award from the Rush Henrietta Alumni Association. Rev. Jackson completed his undergraduate education receiving an Associate’s Degree from Monroe Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Rev. Jackson, obtained his Master’s Degree in Divinity, from Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School (CRCDS). He is a former member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, under the direction of his father and a former member of Aenon Baptist Church, under the direction of Pastor Rev. James L. Cherry, Sr. Prior to his graduation from Colgate Rochester, he served as a licensed staff minister, and became a member, of Genesee Baptist Church, under the direction of Pastor Rev. Dr. Vera Miller. He has also served as the Senior Pastor of the East Aurora Christian Church in East Aurora, New York from May 2013 to May 2016. He currently serves as a Chaplain at St. John’s Nursing Home and acting Senior Pastor of the Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.
In 1999, J.D. founded the Rev. J.D. Jackson, Sr. Memorial Foundation, Inc. to honor his late Father. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded five scholarships to local Colgate Crozier Divinity Students. For his fraternal and civic work, J.D. has received several awards, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. awards: Award of Service (2007) and Award of Merit (2020) from the Eta Rho Lambda Chapter and Alumni Brother of the Year (2007 and 2008) from the New York State Association Chapters of Alpha (N.Y.A.C.O.A.). The Rochester Urban League and TNT have awarded him for his Community Service and Networking. Rev. Jackson has written articles for Rochester, New York’s Democrat and Chronicle, Minority Reporter, and About Time Magazine. He has also been a featured interviewee in stories for these publications as well as Upstate NY Gospel Magazine.
Additionally, he has served on boards with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Greater Rochester Commission, Big Brother Big Sisters, the School of the Arts (SOTA), and AIDs Community Health Center. He most recently lead the Henrietta Interracial Clergy Council whose main focus was to facilitate the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations in the town of Henrietta.
Serving as the Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc., Upstate NY Fundraising Chair, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., Rev. Jackson attended the groundbreaking in 2006. At this event, Jackson, hearing the words of his illustrious fraternity brother, Andrew Young, encouraging those in attendance to return home and “continue turning the dirt”, lead him to pursue two local hometown initiatives in honor of one of Rochester NY’s most famous residents, Frederick Douglass. Jackson’s most recent crowning achievement was being able to see two of his initiatives reach fruition. Those being, the groundbreaking and ribbon cutting for the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Plaza and the renaming of the Rochester, NY airport to the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport. Jackson yet continues “Turning the Dirt”
Rev. Jackson has two sons, Julius David III (Trey) and, James Anderson Samuel (JAS).