Rev. Dr. Thomas Glenn Jackson III Selected to Lead The Foundation for Evangelism as Next President

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Lake Junaluska, N.C. — The Foundation for Evangelism’s board of trustees is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Thomas Glenn “Jack” Jackson III, will be the next president of the Wesleyan-tradition grantmaking organization. Jackson will succeed Jane Boatwright Wood, who has served as president since 2012 and will be retiring.

Dr. Jackson brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to the Foundation’s mission and vision. He served as the Foundation-supported E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Claremont School School of Theology from 2011-2022, and was the second Foundation for Evangelism Harry Denman Fellow.

The Foundation’s board chair, Gaye Nell Heck, shared that, “Dr. Jackson is a shining example of the Foundation’s decades-long efforts to equip disciples to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, as evidenced by his faith journey and his many academic and practical contributions to Wesleyan-tradition evangelism. His leadership in collaboration with the Foundation team will undoubtedly strengthen our ongoing efforts to advance the mission and values of the Foundation and lead our organization into its next chapter.”

Dr. Jackson is an ordained elder in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church where he served as a pastor for 15 years. From 2011-2022 he served as Professor of Evangelism, Mission, and World Methodism at Claremont School of Theology. Currently he is the Visiting Professor of Evangelism and World Methodism at United Theological Seminary. He has also taught courses at Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary in Durban, South Africa; Candler School of Theology’s Course of Study in Florida, as well as the Costa Rican Methodist Church Pastor’s School. Jackson has also led regional and national evangelism seminars in numerous countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

Current president, Jane Boatwright Wood, noted that, “The Foundation has, over its three-quarters of a century history, built strong connections and relationships, reminding the Wesleyan/Methodist Church family of its evangelistic calling to share a zeal for the Good News of Jesus Christ. I am pleased to welcome Jack Jackson as the incoming president and I’m excited for the new energy and innovation he will bring to the organization!”

Echoing that excitement following his acceptance of the position, Dr. Jackson said, “I look forward to providing leadership to The Foundation for Evangelism in the role of president. For years, I have been impressed with the Foundation’s commitment to equip laity for their evangelistic ministry, educate future clergy in the centrality of evangelism, and provide resources for congregations to share the Good News of Jesus Christ more effectively with their communities. I am honored to help lead this foundation which has supported me in my own teaching ministry of evangelism and has equipped countless others in Wesleyan-tradition leadership roles.”

Dr. Jackson will join The Foundation for Evangelism’s year-long 75th anniversary celebration throughout 2024 which will build on the mission, vision, values, and grant focus areas developed and implemented under Mrs. Wood’s leadership. To learn more about Dr. Thomas Glenn “Jack” Jackson visit or the Foundation’s 75th anniversary celebration visit

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