The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Executive Committee has unanimously agreed to hire James “Jamie” Jackson as its new executive director. Jackson was the chief operating officer of an innovative combined fitness complex and Christian congregation with a 100+ member staff in Chantilly, VA.
Jackson is an effective communicator and successful program manager. His early career was in developing high tech telecommunications solutions. Since 2005 Jackson has been the executive pastor in large and growing churches in Virginia and Ohio. He and his wife, Ann Marie Jackson, have been married for 25 years and have four adult children.
“The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association remains as committed to providing relevant opportunities for spiritual renewal today as when it became one of the most popular east coast Christian resorts 150 years ago. I look forward to fully engaging in fulfilling the Camp Meeting Association’s vision to be a seaside community where all generations can know and grow in Jesus,” he said.
OGCMA is widely known for its beautiful beach and its annual summer season of classical concerts. But the core of its summer activities is its many expressions of Christian faith. Worship services and Bible teaching are widely attended seven days a week. The Sunday worship service in the historic Great Auditorium features a different nationally known preacher each week. The worship service soars to the sound of a professionally trained choir, four internationally acclaimed soloists, and the majestic pipe organ.
OGCMA President Michael Badger said, “As we approach our milestone 150th anniversary, the Camp Meeting Association is in a dynamic phase of rediscovering its past while seeking new ways to engage with the future. Mr. Jackson’s executive and ministerial experience ideally prepares him to manage our life-changing ministry components, complex business affairs, and warm community relationships. I confidently look forward to Jamie expanding our opportunities for all people to experience spiritual birth, growth and renewal in our Christian seaside setting.”