Derrick Jackson currently holds the title of Pastor at Wheaton Christian Center Church Aurora in Wheaton, Illinois. He has served as an assistant pastor to Pastor Carlton R. Arthurs for more than 30 years and has been in the full-time ministry for over 35 years.
Pastor Jackson is a Wheaton, Illinois native, graduating from Wheaton Central High School in 1974 where he achieved all-state honors in basketball and baseball. After being drafted by the Texas Rangers professional baseball team out of high school he elected to attend Georgetown University on a basketball scholarship where he played four years for legendary basketball coach John Thompson.
He achieved basketball honors by being inducted into the Georgetown University Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996, the state of Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001, the All-century Georgetown University basketball team in 2007, and finally, Jackson was inducted into the Wheaton Central High school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
In answer to the first phase of God’s call, he elected to forsake the NBA and instead play basketball for Athletes in Action, the athletic arm of Campus Crusade for Christ International. For three years Pastor Jackson literally traveled the United States and the world as a missionary, visiting over 20 nations, using the platform of basketball to share the claims of Christ.
Three years later Jackson answered the second phase of God’s call and returned to Wheaton, Illinois to serve and support Pastor Carlton Arthurs at Wheaton Christian Center Church.
Pastor Jackson presently holds a Public Administration degree from the school of business at Georgetown University. His formal theological training has come through such notable institutions as Campus Crusade For Christ, Oral Roberts University, and Wheaton College. His informal training is through many years of intense daily study of God’s Word and prayer. He has been married to his wife Patrice for over 30 years and they have one son, Derrick II, a 2007 Cum Laude graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.