Pastor Greg Jackson, First Southern Baptist Church Camden, received the 2018 Darty and Dot Stowe Award at the 65th annual meeting of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio November 7. Greg’s wife Renee, parents Fred and Vevadyne Jackson (members at First Light, Vandalia), associate pastor Trevor Bridgeford and other members from Camden were surprise guests for the 24th presentation of the Stowe award. Video congratulations were shared from Greg's family and FSBC staff.
Pastor Greg has served First Southern, known as the Corner of Hope in Camden, for 25 years. During that time the church has built a 500-seat worship center (2004), planted churches in Ukraine, Dayton, Carlisle, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The church is currently praying about planting a church in Seattle, Washington. They bought property for additional parking, and are debt free. At the same time, First Southern gives thirteen percent to the Cooperative Program and is a leader every year in giving to the Ray Roberts State Mission Offering.
Greg Jackson received his Master of Ministry from Bethany Bible College and Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from Newburgh Theological Seminary. Jackson published A Pastor’s Guide to Conducting a Funeral: Things Every Pastor Needs to Know, But May Have Been Afraid to Ask. (Crossbooks) Greg has been very active in associational, state and SBC work, including serving for ten years as Ohio’s LifeWay trustee.
Greg married his high school sweetheart Renee in 1983. They have two married children: Drew and Ashley Jackson, who have two sons Aiden and Eli; and daughter Stacy married to pastor Kyle Herrmann (Harrison Street Baptist, New Madison) who also have two sons Koby and Jordy. He loves to be with family, watching his grandsons play ball, crappie fishing, Ohio State football, and basketball. He is an avid fan of the late Pistol Pete Maravich.
Darty and Dot Stowe began their ministry with Mission Ohio in 1954 as director of missions for the greater Cincinnati area. A year later he became state director of missions and then became the associate executive secretary, working closely with state executive secretary Ray Roberts. Darty and Dot loved their work in Ohio and served until his home going in 1981. Dot accepted a position as director of a women’s residence hall at Georgetown College in 1983, where she influenced many young women. She moved back to Ohio in 1989 and stayed in close contact with friends in the ministry until joining Darty with our Lord in 2000.
Darty Stowe led well from the ‘second chair,’ with a servant’s heart, leaving a great legacy in Ohio. The award is given every year to a pastor or minister who has served faithfully, perhaps never recognized like those in the larger, more visible churches, but leaving a legacy and serving in the spirit of 1 Thessalonians 2:3-12. The Darty and Dot Stowe Award is provided by annual gifts to Georgetown College from members of the Stowe family.
Candidates for the Stowe Award must be currently serving Mission Ohio and have at least five years of service. Nominations are submitted to the state convention staff by October 1 each year. The award is announced during the annual meeting of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio. A recognition plaque and a financial award for the purchase of books and/ or continuing education are presented to the recipient.