Biographical Sketch

Stewart Allen Jackson, B.S., M.Div., D.Min., L.M.F.T.
February 2021

Dr. Jackson is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 1971 and entered the Candler School of Theology at Emory University that fall. He was graduated from that institution in 1976 having received, with honors, the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry degrees. His doctoral project dealt with rural delinquency and the church and is entitled, “Youth Ministry with Youth: Saturday Nights in Cumming”.

Stewart is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church who now holds the retired status. For eight years he served in the parish in North Georgia and then came to Birmingham-Southern College as the College Chaplain in 1979. In 1982 he was additionally assigned to direct the College’s Counseling Center. He directed the college’s service-learning program from 1984 to 2004 and his work in service-learning has recently been endowed as a part of the curriculum. He has traveled and led service groups around the state, nation and world especially in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Brazil, Calcutta, Honduras, Bolivia, Johns Island, Vieques, and San Francisco. In 2000 he became the Dean of the Chapel and Clinical Director of the Counseling Center at Birmingham-Southern and began working one day a week with United Methodist Pastoral Care and Counseling as a therapist and seminar leader. He retired from the college in July 2007 and now works as a Counseling Associate at the Independent Presbyterian Church.

Stewart is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. He has done post-doctoral study in Marriage and Family therapy with Drs. Michael Kerr, Ed Friedman, and Peter Steinke. He was awarded a Sabbath Leave Grant by the Center for Pastoral Excellence in 2008. In 2008-09 he was a post-doctoral student in family systems theory at the Bowen Family Center in Washington DC. For the past 12 years he has co-led and led Seminars for clergy and church professionals in Family Systems Theory. He has been a retreat and seminar leader for over 150 churches and organizations. Stewart’s book, Quiet Thoughts for an Anxious Time: Talks in a College Chapel collects some of his talks to students and was published in December 2009.

Stewart is married to Robin Jackson who is an artist and art teacher. They are the parents of three adult children and grandparents to seven.