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Leslie 'RevJax' Jackson
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Leslie 'RevJax' Jackson

Leslie 'RevJax' Jackson

Meet one of the artists, disruptors, educators, groundbreakers, innovators, and storytellers who all helped make the world a better place for LGBTQ+ people.

Rev. Leslie “RevJax” Jackson is a bisexual pastor and prominent voice in Houston’s religious, HIV, and LGBTQ+ communities. In 2019 Jackson made history by becoming the first African-American pastor of St. Peter United Church of Christ, Houston’s third-oldest church. He also served as the pastor of the Cathedral of Hope Houston from 2017 to 2018.

Under his leadership, both congregations flourished. St. Peter United had only 10 members in 2018; it now boasts over 150 members as a multi-site church. And he leads with love. Jackson is married to Marcus Brian Carter, his partner of 15 years and the worship leader at St. Peter United. Together, they have made their dreams come true in faith and life — and work to do the same for others.

“My life’s purpose is two-fold: liberation and salvation,” the Navy veteran says. “I am called to liberate myself and others from mediocrity, cultural conformity, and oppressive ideas that stifle human flourishing. It is through our liberation that we attain salvation.”

In the fight for LGBTQ+ equality, Jackson offers two challenges to the Out congregation. “In the United States, we are in a fight for the soul of our country,” he says. “Many want freedom for themselves and not for others. I believe the solution is to expand democracy. To get more people to vote and offer a voice of sanity amid extreme polarization.” And importantly, “God loves you. God accepts you as you are. You are worthy of your aspirations. You have a purpose. So let’s live each day to the fullest!”

Jackson is a board member of the HIV group Allies in Hope and is pursuing a doctorate at the Chicago Theological Seminary with a future eye on politics. @revjax


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