Our Pastors

Reverend Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr.
Senior Pastor


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Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr., a native of West Columbia, South Carolina, attended the public schools of Lexington County School District#2, the former Lakeview Elementary School, and Brookland Cayce High School, where he graduated in 1970 with honors. He continued his academic career at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. While at Benedict, he received the Distinguished Mathematics and Physics Award for the highest academic average in those respective areas. After graduating from Benedict, he pursued seminary studies at the Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 1977 he graduated with honors receiving his Master of Divinity Degree (M. Div.). He was presented the Distinguished Board of Directors Award from the Morehouse School of Religion for High Academic Achievement. In August 1978, he completed one year of certification of residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at the South Carolina Academy for Pastoral Education. On May 12, 1985, Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina conferred upon him the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree. On May 12, 2007, Benedict College conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.  December 14, 2018, he received a Doctor of Divinity from Columbia International University and on December 17, 2018, he received a Doctor of Public Service from the University of South Carolina. 

Dr. Jackson acknowledged the call and began preaching at the age of nine (9); was licensed at age ten (10); ordained at twelve (12); and at eighteen (18) was installed as Pastor of his home church, Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina, where he has humbly served for forty-eight (48) years. The church has over sixty ministries, a full service Federal Credit Union, the Brookland Foundation, the Brookland Center for Community Economic Change, the Brookland-West Columbia Community Housing Development Corporation, and the Brookland Community Pediatric Center which is a collaborative effort with the Eau Claire Cooperative.

In May 1999, Dr. Jackson led Brookland into a new sanctuary that seats 2,300 and in September 2005, led the completion of a 68,000 square foot Community Resource Center consisting of an Academy Child Development Center, a Health and Wellness Center and a Banquet and Conference Center. On March 28, 2008 the Lexington District II School Board awarded Brookland the former Lakeview/Northside School, to be converted into the Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center. On October 5, 2008 Brookland became one church in two locations, adding a Brookland Baptist Church Northeast location. Reverend Dr. Christopher Leevy Johnson is the Northeast Campus Pastor. Dr. Jackson has a partnership in ministry with the Providence Baptist Church, Dr. Samuel Reeves, Pastor, and a weekly radio broadcast in Liberia, West Africa. As a result of the Church’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, over 190 persons are employed in Brookland’s ministry. Dr. Jackson has trained and mentored 16 sons and 1 daughter who currently pastor in the Midlands of South Carolina. A total of 77 ministers have sat under his leadership during the 48 years of his pastorate.

Dr. Jackson has held and still holds membership in a number of denominational, civic and community organizations. A few of them include former president of the South Carolina Baptist Congress of Christian Education and the Gethsemane Baptist Congress of Christian Education, Past Moderator of the Gethsemane Baptist Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Golden Square Lodge #283, NAACP, 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, and the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club. He serves or has served on the Boards of the Capital City Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Morehouse School of Religion, Lexington Medical Center Foundation, Lexington County Health Services District and Board of Visitors for the University of South Carolina. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Morris College in Sumter, SC. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

He holds numerous local and national awards, has preached throughout the United States and has delivered lectures at more than twenty (20) colleges and universities. On March 31, 2011 he gave the opening prayer as guest chaplain for the U. S. House of Representatives. In 2001, Governor Jim Hodges awarded him the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor that the State of South Carolina confers upon its citizens.  In January 2018, he was awarded the Jefferson Award from WACH Fox 57 for his philanthropic service to the community.

Dr. Jackson is married to the former Robin Hoefer, and the father of two children, Rev. Charles B. Jackson Jr., Pastor of the New Laurel Street Baptist Church, Columbia, SC and Attorney Candace Shiver (Rodrick), Managing Partner of The Shiver Group, LLC and five grandchildren Kayla, Charles III, Caleb, Carter, Rodrick II.

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Assistant Pastor Dr. James A. Jamison

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 http://www.brooklandbaptist.org/uploads/Rev-Jamison-2016.jpgReverend James A. Jamison, is a native of Cayce, South Carolina. He attended the public schools of Lexington School District #2.  He is a graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School.  Prior to his graduation Reverend Jamison received and accepted the call to the gospel ministry.

            Upon graduation, he entered Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy; he graduated with the highest average in Religion and Philosophy and was a member of the National Deans List.  He was named in the 1987 and 1989 Editions of Outstanding Young Men of America.

            He pursued seminary studies at Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and received a Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.) in 1990; in May of 2014, Reverend Jamison earned a Master of Sacred Theology from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina.  Reverend Jamison completed one certified year of residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Columbia Area Academy in 1991. Reverend Jamison received his Doctor of Ministry Degree at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston Illinois, May 2019 where he was awarded the Styberg Preaching award for the best Dissertation.

Reverend Jamison has preached and taught abroad.  In 1989 he was invited to do research in African and Europe in the following countries; Rome, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya.  In June of 1994, he participated in the Kenya Partnership as preacher, teacher and group leader.  In 2007 Reverend Jamison traveled to Liberia, West Africa on a preaching and mission trip.  He is also in demand as a lecturer, and teacher on the State and District level.  He is a member of the faculty of the State Congress of Christian Education and recently served as the director of the minister’s division. Reverend Jamison has served the Gethsemane Congress of Christian Education in several capacities: instructor, dean, and president as well as the former Commissioner of Education with the Gethsemane Congress of Christian Education.  He has also served as Dean of the Gold Hill Association in Forest City, North Carolina, and as an instructor for the Southern Region of the Progressive National Baptist Convention.

In addition to being a graduate of Benedict College, he has had the distinguished honor of serving as a former instructor of religion. He now serves as an instructor of religion at Morris College where he was selected for “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” 2003-2004. He has also taught at Claflin University. He now serves as a peer group facilitator for the Styberg Preaching Institute.

Reverend Jamison is the former pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church of Forest City, North Carolina, Hall Hill Baptist Church of Pelion, South Carolina and New Hope Baptist Church of Crawfordville, Georgia, and is currently the Assistant Pastor at the Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina.  He is married to the former Marilyn Garvin.

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Rev. Charles B. Jackson, Jr., B.S., M.Div., Executive Pastor Charles B. Jackson, Jr. was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina.  He is the older of two offspring to Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Charles B. Jackson, Sr.  He is the father of three sons:  Charles, III (affectionately called, “Tre”), Caleb Adolphus and Carter Alexander; and one daughter, Kayla McKenzie Jackson.

Rev. Jackson matriculated through the Richland District One school system, graduating with honors from A.C. Flora High School.  He later received an academic and athletic scholarship to attend South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC, where he participated in a number of college activities including the South Carolina State University Concert Choir, Student Government Association, and Men’s Basketball Team, just to name a few…along with pledging Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business fraternity.  He graduated from SCSU in May 2000, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

Reverend Jackson continued his education at the Morehouse School of Religion on the campus of the ITC in Atlanta, Georgia, where he maintained Dean’s List status with a 3.5 GPA.  He was selected by the staff and students to give the sermon during the annual ITC Conference on Ministry on February 20, 2003.  Reverend Jackson is a Fall 2002 inductee into the Theta Phi National Honor Society for Seminary Students.  He graduated with Honors on May 10, 2003, and earned the Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Homiletics.  He was presented the Memphis Award for academic excellence and nominated as one of the nation’s Top 40 Seminarians to appear in the prestigious The African American Pulpit magazine. He currently serves the United Way of the Midlands as a member of its Board of Directors.  Reverend Jackson is also clinically certified by Palmetto Health, having completed an extensive unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Reverend Jackson received his license to preach the Gospel on September 23, 2001, at the age of 21, and was officially ordained into the ministry on August 14, 2002.  He is presently the happy and humble pastor of the New Laurel Street Missionary Baptist Church, Fairfield Road, Columbia, South Carolina.  He is the Assistant Dean of the Gethsemane Baptist Congress of Christian Education, as well as Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Baptist Fellowship of the Progressive National Baptist Convention.

However, above all of his accolades and accomplishments, he believes that fulfilling God’s Will is primary, everything else is secondary.  Reverend Jackson loves God, loves the people of God, and loves preaching God’s Word.  He lives day-to-day testifying that “God’s Grace is sufficient and His Mercy is everlasting!”  His favorite passage of scripture and firm conviction is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose!”


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Rev. Salmond is a native of Columbia and is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. He received his Masters of Arts degree in Bible Exposition from the Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions.

Although he had a successful career as a Wealth Advisor at a major investment company, he answered God’s call to preach and was licensed In 2008 by Rev. Charles Jackson, Sr. Rev. Salmond is the primary worship leader at the 8:15 Sunday worship services and he is a co-teacher in the Brookland Young Adult Bible Study Class. Additionally, he exercises his gift of teaching and preaching whenever he is called on.

Reverend Jeryl Salmond is currently the visiting pastor of the Ladson Presbyterian Church where he has been leading the congregation since August 2010.

Northeast Campus Pastor


http://www.brooklandbaptist.org/uploads/cljohnson.jpgThe Reverend Chris Leevy Johnson is the husband of Cynthia Richardson Johnson, the father of Leah Denise and Ian Samuel and the son of Attorney I. S. Leevy and Doris Wright Johnson.  Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he is a 1996 Honor graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  While attending the University of North Carolina, he served as a Manager for the Men’s Basketball Team and during his senior year, he was the Head Manager for legendary Coach Dean Smith.  He was also initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Reverend Leevy Johnson attended Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science.  He has a Masters Degree and an earned Ph.D. in American History with a concentration in African-American Religion from the University of South Carolina.    He served as an Adjunct Professor of African-American History and is currently the Chaplain for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams at the University of South Carolina.  A fourth generation funeral director, he is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and is the Managing Director of the Leevy’s Funeral Home.

 Reverend Leevy Johnson was ordained by the Brookland Baptist Church where Reverend Charles B. Jackson, Sr. is the Senior Pastor and currently serves as the Campus Pastor of Brookland Baptist Church, Northeast; a thriving ministry in the Northeast community of Columbia, South Carolina.  

He has served on various boards and commissions including: Board of Directors for the Brookland Foundation; Board of Directors for the Columbia Community Development Foundation, Board of Directors of the Township Auditorium and Board of Directors for the Central Carolina Community Foundation    His faith is sustained by the promise in Romans 8:28 “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Northeast Campus Assistant Pastor

Northeast Campus Assistant Pastor

Ordained Minister, Asst. Campus Pastor, Brookland Baptist Church Northeast Campus

Ronald I. Best is a native of Lynchburg, South Carolina, the son of the late Elijah Kingston Best and Carolyn Johnson Best.   He is the youngest of two children and has one brother, Reginald Best.   Ron’s parents were committed to raising their son’s in a loving environment where the church and God’s word were their foundation.   Ron learned by example from his father who was a Deacon at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, and began his Christian journey at a young age.  Ron demonstrated his commitment by participating in various youth and teen activities. 

In June 1981, Ron graduated from Lee County public schools; subsequently, he transitioned to Columbia, South Carolina and continued his education at Midlands Technical College.   In 1983, he graduated with honors and received an Associate Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Business Management. During his college years Ron was awarded the “Outstanding Young Men of America Award” and the “Who’s Who award.  Ron has worked in the auto sales industry for the past 29 years, he is currently employed with Jim Hudson Lexus of Columbia as a Sales Consultant for the past 15 years. He has received the State of South Carolina’s Best of the Best Sales Consultant Award for 2016, 2017 and 2018.   Ron is a creative man with foresight and these attributes have contributed to his success as an entrepreneur.  He has owned and co-owned three successful businesses in the Columbia Area, he and his wife Sandra currently own’s a small Jewelry & clothing business (AshlyeKingston Jewelry & Accessory Boutique) located in Irmo SC where it continues to thrive.

Though Ron relocated from Lynchburg, he did not depart from the training of his parents and his love for serving God.  He continued his Christian walk at Brookland Baptist Church. Over the past 34 years he has served at Brookland Baptist in various capacities.  His commitment to serve led him to work as a Cub Scout leader, Manhood Training Instructor, Budget and Finance team member, and assistant Sunday School teacher.  Ron’s love of the word of God was heightened as he studied in preparation to teach Sunday School to the youth Sunday School class.  Each service experience enriched his relationship with God and strengthened his spiritual and leadership gifts.

As a result of his evidence of love for Christ, Christ’s People and his dedication to build God’s earthly Kingdom, he was invited to serve on the Trustee Ministry team where he served for 7 years as Vice Chairman.  His continued spiritual growth and service of excellence in diverse areas of the ministry resulted in his appointment to the Deacon’s Ministry, where he was ordained as a Deacon on May 21, 1995.  Ron’s love for music and singing was reflected through his participation with the Charles B. Jackson Singers, Brookland Sanctuary Choir, Brookland Male Chorus, and the Voices of Faith Gospel group. His leadership skills were again exhibited during his 12-year tenure as president of the Charles B. Jackson Singers and as president of the Brookland Baptist Youth Choir for 3 years.

Ron’s leadership skills and willingness to serve are also extended to the community.  The areas he served, included board member of Brookland Foundation, member of the Harbison West School Improvement Council, and liaison between Brookland Baptist Church and Brookland Federal Credit Union.

In these roles, Ron volunteered his time and talent to enhance the lives of others by introducing and encouraging a higher standard of living that would ultimately lead to a better community.

Ron is a highly motivated man of God to whom the amazing gift to communicate the gospel though teaching and song was predestined by God.  He believes that his life’s journey, including the successes and failures that have occurred along the way, has been in preparation for a greater calling.  After considerable meditation, tarrying for five plus years and preparation, he respectfully answered the call believing in his favorite scripture:  Philippians 4:16, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Ron was licensed to preach the Gospel on February 8th, 2008 and officially ordained on September 12th, 2010 under the spiritual covering of Brookland Baptist Church.  In addition, he graduated from the Brookland Baptist Bible Institute in June 16, 2011. 

In 2007 Ron was appointed to the task force to devise the plans that would fulfill Pastor Jackson’s vision to plant a Brookland Ministry in Northeast Columbia. Ron along with a team of appointees developed the Ministry Development Team of which he has served as Director for the past 12 years.  For this ministry he is the Visionary, along with his team they have developed and refined the strategic organizational plan for the development, implementation, funding and sustaining of some 37 ministries on the Northeast campus. As Director of the Ministry Development Team, Ron along with his team is responsible for budget development, fund allocation, annual ministry evaluation and management for each ministry along with the Directors, Coordinators and Facilitators of each of the Brookland Northeast’s ministries. These ministries were developed to serve the body of Christ and the community at large in the Northeast Columbia community.  Ron’s humble and authentic posture sets the tone in building a solid foundation for the facilitation of ministries that enhance the spiritual growth and continued development of Brookland’s members on the Northeast campus.

Currently a Asst. Campus Pastor since 2010 Ron’s role extends to the following areas: spiritual nourishment of the congregation, worship leader, pre-marital adviser, emotional and spiritual guidance to individuals as needed, visitation of members, officiates weddings, funerals, baptism and Northeast Campus office Administration Manager.  

A visionary and humble man of God, Ron currently resides in Irmo, South Carolina with his wife, Sandra Best.  His son Kingston is currently a junior at Limestone University, His daughter Ashlye resides in Myrtle Beach SC along with his darling grandson EJ.