PWR 2016 Featured Speaker - Troy Jackson

Troy Jackson is the executive director of the AMOS Project, a faith-based organizing effort that regularly engages more than 50 congregations in Greater Cincinnati to work for racial and economic justice. Jackson served on staff of University Christian Church (UCC) in Cincinnati for nearly 19 years, and served as the congregation’s Lead Pastor from 1996-2013. Under Jackson’s leadership, UCC established Rohs Street Café, a seven-day-a-week community coffee shop committed to community engagement, the arts, and social justice. Dr. Jackson has been involved in Community Organizing over the past seven years, first as a volunteer leader, and more recently as a faith organizer in Cincinnati and Ohio. He continues to work for a pathway for citizenship for the undocumented, for an end to mass incarceration and the criminalization of people of color, and for universal preschool. In 2011, Jackson served as faith outreach director for the highly successful We Are Ohio campaign that led to the repeal of Ohio Senate Bill 5 by a 61-39 margin. Troy is a co-author of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014), which explores the historic sins of the American Church. Troy earned his M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and received a Ph.D. in United States history from the University of Kentucky.  Troy’s book Becoming King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of a National Leader (The University Press of Kentucky, 2008) explores the critical role the grassroots Montgomery Movement played in the development of King. Troy’s other publications include his work as an editor on The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Volume VI: Advocate of the Social Gospel (September 1948-March 1963) [Berkeley, University of California Press, 2007). Troy is also a regular blogger with Huffington Post and on Sojourners’ “God’s Politics Blog.” Troy lives in Cincinnati with his wife Amanda and their three children, Jacob, Emma and Ellie.