Bill Jackson Bio
Bill Jackson (Jax) grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and became a committed follower of Jesus Christ during his junior year in high school. He graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in literature in 1975 and spent two years starting high school clubs with the ministry of Campus Life. Jax has been joyfully married to his wife, Betsy, for thirty years. The Jacksons have three adult children, Luc, Megan, and John.
After graduating with his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1983, Bill and Betsy have planted and pastored churches with the Vineyard. Bill has directed the Year of the Bible program at William Carey International University, started the Vineyard School of Pastoral Ministry in Champaign, Illinois, and now functions as the academic dean of Trinity Learning Community in Corona, California. Bill is also the president of Radical Middle Ministries and makes his living speaking, teaching and writing, now concentrating on the development of NothinsGonnaStopIt!. Jax is the author of the book, The Quest for the Radical Middle: A History of the Vineyard (Capetown, South Africa, Vineyard International Press, 1999). He has also authored courses for Vineyard Bible Institute such as Biblical Overview, the Pentateuch, The Historical Books, and the Life of Jesus. He is also pursuing his doctorate at Fuller Seminary; his dissertation is on the barriers and breakthroughs in the book of Acts in the New Testament. Jax is a well-traveled conference speaker and has been an avid scuba diver since the '70s. Before he lost his elbows to tendinitis he was a serious rock climber making ascents from Maine to Baja. Now, while continuing to travel and teach, Jax is a renal patient receiving dialysis treatments throughout the week as he awaits either a kidney transplant or a healing from the Lord. His life mission is to train people from within a kingdom paradigm to glorify God among the nations through the ministry of the local church and his main vehicle for doing so has been his NothinsGonnaStopIt! seminar.