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August 2014 News

The Gospel drives the Jacksons

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
New TCBC Senior Pastor Sam Jackson with wife Brooke and their three children. Photo: Samara Hook Photography

In April this year, Toowoomba Community Baptist Church Senior Pastor Greg Peckman passed on the baton to his young associate, Sam Jackson.

The father of three young children and husband of Brooke was well prepared to take over as Senior Pastor, having served under Greg, and before that, gained experience as the Associate Pastor at Birkdale Baptist Church in Brisbane.

Sam and Brooke are both passionate about the Gospel.

“The Gospel changes everything,” said Brooke. “My life was transformed by the forgiveness, hope and renewal that comes with hearing and believing the gospel.”

“I love seeing people realise their purpose and potential as they are filled with the love of the God, following Jesus, and being empowered by the Spirit,” added Sam.

On top of being a busy mum of three (with number four on the way), Brooke is also involved in other areas of ministry, including helping City Women and contributing to Bella Magazine.

“I have a passion for teaching young girls in particular that there is another way to live, that they don’t have to believe the distorted view that media and society pushes on them,” she said. “All girls, ladies and women are valuable, beautiful and have a purpose beyond themselves.”

Sam’s vision is to see God’s people engaged in bringing God’s Kingdom to Toowoomba, “being salt and light in the places where God has them – at home, in the marketplace, and to the margins,” he said. “This is both our vision for our local church, and for our community - the church in the community.”

Brooke agrees. “I want to see our local church head out of the locker rooms of the Sunday service and get into the real game,” she said.

Sam and Brooke believe that Christian unity is about focussing on Jesus – not our differences.

“To me, the church unifies around a shared desire to see Jesus glorified and disciples made,” said Sam. “This not only brings unity within a local church, but also to the church of the city.”

“Unity doesn’t mean conformity,” said Brooke. “We are unified because of the gospel and as long as we don’t make our own additions to the gospel, surely we can celebrate and love the diversity among our churches.”

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