Former religion director Jackson to speak on gospel music

Former director of the Chautauqua Institution Department of Religion (1984 to 1989) the Rev. William N. Jackson will present a program this evening, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy. Jackson will reflect on how God’s mercy, grace and hope are revealed in familiar gospel music in a program titled: “Harmony in the Gospel: Something Worth Singing About.”

Jackson served in Presbyterian churches in Abington, Pennsylvania; Boardman and Canton, Ohio; and Flint, Michigan. He served briefly as Dean of Chapel at Westminster College and was a frequent speaker on college campuses and at youth conferences and retreats. In retirement, Jackson has served in eight interim pastorates, including Shadyside and Sewickley churches in Pittsburgh. Most recently, he served at Hurlbut Church at Chautauqua. He was chaplain of the week at Chautauqua on five different occasions and has preached at four of the “sister” Chautauqua locations.

A strong advocate for missions, Jackson has had a far-reaching ministry in interracial and interfaith programs. He has been an active advocate in ministries to the homeless and disenfranchised in the churches he has served. At Chautauqua he is a member of the board of the Presbyterian House and of the two Chautauqua choirs. He is the author of two books and has composed several children’s anthems and songs.     

Jackson studied at Westminster College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has received honorary doctorates from Westminster College and Houghton College. He has also served on the board of directors of Alma College, Westminster College and is currently an emeritus member of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Trustees.

All are welcome to attend this evening’s presentation by Jackson, which is sponsored by Chautauqua Christian Fellowship and co-sponsored by the Chautauqua Department of Religion.