Marvin A. Jackson, Lead Pastor
Marvin started his career at Albany State University. From there, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served his country for 15 years before becoming a fulltime civilian. Prior to founding the River of Life Christian Center, he worked as Director of Evangelism at New Covenant Baptist Church in Orlando.
Part of God’s purpose for Marvin included marriage. Thirty-five years ago, he met Deborah and, in a moment of weakness, convinced her to marry him. Lucky for him, she said yes. Their marriage is one of the many blessings in his life, and all of their children would tend to agree.
In 1996, God called Him and Deborah to start the River of Life Christian Center of Orlando. His passion for leading others to Christ and teaching God’s people remains the center focus of his ministry. Marvin believes that practical principles produce praise. “I believe that within the Word of God we can find principles that affect every area of our lives. When those principles are taught in a practical way, it produces praise in the lives of believers. This concept has been the guiding principle for our ministry.”
When Marvin’s not behind the pulpit, you’ll find him with either a golf club or camera in his hands. “If God hadn’t called me to be a pastor, I’d surely be a fulltime photographer.” His ultimate goal in life is to make a mark in the lives of others that time cannot erase. PastorJ@ROLCC.TV
Deborah A. Jackson, Executive Pastor
Pastor Deborah—or Pastor D, as she’s affectionately called—worked for 20 years as a registered nurse, training that she says well-prepared her for ministry. “When I’m given a task, I think it through, pray about it, and then spring into action. I’ve learned not to second-guess myself, to be confident and carry through on my commitments.”
In her position as Executive Pastor, she ensures that all operations at the River of Life flow smoothly. She also leads her monthly women’s group, WOW (Women of the Word), assists with community outreach and missions, and various ministry projects. PastorD@ROLCC.TV
Anthony Jenkins, Director of Worship Arts
Anthony coordinates all aspects of Worship Arts—including music, dance and drama. His task is to oversee the flow of services and work with audio and media departments to produce awesome and powerful worship experiences. Additionally, if music or dance is required for special events and services (e.g. funerals and in-house weddings), Anthony is your guy. He leads an impressive team of artistic folks who praise God through their special talents. AJenkins@ROLCC.TV
LaRue Howard, Music Director
As church music director, LaRue parlays her eclectic mix of musical styles and influences—from traditional gospel to contemporary praise and worship—to provide a worship experience designed to open the hearts of worshipers. Her vast list of accomplishments includes teaching honors and a Dove Award for Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. She’s a featured soloist for The Festival of the Lion King (at nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and counts her greatest achievement as her family—husband, Marvette, and three children, DeAhna, Aaron and Langston. LHoward@ROLCC.TV
Hannah Jenkins, Director of Drama & Dance
Hannah started dancing at age five and discovered liturgical dance when she was 12. Her mission is to honor God through the gift of dance while creating a visual interpretation of music. After being introduced to mime ministry at a youth conference, she discovered a passion for it. For the past six years, she’s worked along with her husband, Anthony, at River of Life, to ensure the music and arts ministry blends cohesively as an effective part of the worship celebration. HJenkins@ROLCC.TV
Andrea Jackson, Youth Director
Andrea got her feet wet early at the River of Life as one of the very first kids in the children’s ministry. Before taking on the role as youth director, she assisted with the youth ministry for over 10 years and has worked with children from birth to young adults. She especially has a heart for working with teenage girls. She attends the University of Central Florida, studying Early Childhood Education. When not in class or at the church, you’ll find Andrea at the movies, shopping, playing tennis or hanging out with her friends. AJackson@ROLCC.TV
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