"I’m embracing a true and living God. I’m embracing that. I’m embracing that God loves me just the way I am. I didn’t have to change, I didn’t have to put on any kind of façade. God love me just the way I am."
James Jackson - known as Brother JJ by members of his congregation, and just JJ by his friends and family - was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1964. He grew up as one of ten other siblings and was the first in his family to go to college. From an early age, Jackson played tennis with his friends and later when he was in college at Clarksdale, Mississippi he was a tennis coach. It was at that time when he was approached by a Christian organization called “Young Life” and asked to lead kids and teach them tennis. After becoming a pastor in Clarksdale, Jackson worked with Habitat for Humanity as soon as they begun, because he believed strongly in their mission.