This book tells the story of Rev. James Renwick Jackson (1905-1953), who rose from humble beginnings in Philadelphia to become one of the leading Presbyterian ministers in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. Though his life was cut short by cancer, Rev. Jackson inspired thousands of members of three churches in Philadelphia, Tyrone and Erie, PA. Rev. Jackson rebuilt the First Presbyterian Church of Erie after a devastating fire in 1944, and even after he had fallen ill, he was determined to comfort and serve members of his congregation. Rev. Jackson is also part of a remarkable family. Three of his brothers became Presbyterian ministers, and nine members of the next generation entered the ministry. Rev. Jackson's brothers and children appear throughout the narrative of his life, and an epilogue summarizes the work of the family since his death. Four of Rev. Jackson's sermons are also included in this book. Written by his daughter and drawing on rare primary documents, this book is not only an inspirational biography, it also contains a great deal of practical advice on about building a ministry.
Agnes Jackson Wilson is the daughter of the late Rev. James Renwick Jackson. She completed a B.A. in Psychology from Westminister College, PA and Graduate Studies at Gannon University. John Howard Wilson, Jr. is a Professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University. He was educated at the University of Michigan, where he received a B.A. in history as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in English. He has also taught at Eastern Michigan University and Koka Women's College in Kyoto, Japan. Wilson is the author of Evelyn Waugh: A Literary Biography, 1903-1924, the first of three volumes.
Preface by J. Calvin K. Jackson, PhD; Foreword by the Rev. Dr. Ellsworth Erskine Jackson, Jr. Introduction; A Goodly Heritage; "I Would Rather Preach than Eat"; The Second Charge; From Ashes to Glory; Avalon, New Jersey; The Preacher at Home; The Prayer of Faith; Ministering in Difficulty; Bryn Mawr and Johns Hopkins Hospitals; So Great A Faith; "I'm Going Hone"; Sermons of the Rev. James Renwick Jackson; Epilogue by John Howard Wilson, Jr. Appendix