Jackson, Elmer comment (1)
September 21, 2006
By Sondra Washington
Salem Springs Baptist Church, Elkmont
Limestone Baptist Association
Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16
Favorite Hymn: “How Great Thou Art”
Hobbies: Raising cattle
Family Status: Married to Myrl for 55 years; five children, Venalyn, Michael, Douglas, Timothy and Mark; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren
Elmer Jackson is one of the charter members of Salem Springs Baptist Church, Elkmont, and has served in many positions during the 50 years since the church was founded. He has served as a deacon since 1957 and Sunday School director several times through the years. At 80 years old, he is still active in visitation and other church work.
Q: What led you to help start the church?
A: I give the Lord credit for everything I do. We live over here in Limestone County in an area that didn’t have many Baptist churches. The closest one was nine miles away, but they weren’t able to keep many people coming. So we decided to build another church somewhere else.
Q: Why have you been so active in church work?
A: I was saved when I was 11. I got out of school and saw the need to do something. (After many years of teaching agriculture to veterans,) I asked the Lord to give me a church where I could work. It’s always been something to do all the time. The Lord is the one who did it all. It wasn’t me.
Q: What does the ministry demand?
A: It means being faithful to your church and helping out anyway you can, ministering and going to the people who need help.
Q: What do you get from the ministry?
A: It’s just a joy to do it, knowing that you are pleasing the Lord.
Q: How do other family members support you?
A: All of them are pretty active in church and support me in every way.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?
A: I’m just taking it one day at a time. Whatever the Lord sends for me, I’ll try to help out.