Huntington, WV Black History

Elder Katherine Jackson


Elder Katherine Jackson was one of the few Black pastors in Huntington during the 1970s and was influential in the growth of Christ Temple Church.

Jackson was a pastor for Christ Temple Church, for more than 35 years. She was one of only four Black female pastors in the 1970s in Huntington. The church began as a weekly Bible class in West Huntington and grew to occupying several storefront buildings, and ultimately to 1803 8th Ave.

Jackson was an accomplished gospel soprano and was among the few Black women licensed as a gospel singer in West Virginia. She often recalled to her congregation how she tried to ignore her call by God to the ministry in her early 40s but soon found she couldn’t deny this sacred call.

She was the first and only Black woman to sponsor a live 30-minute gospel radio broadcast every Sunday night for several years.

She passed away on October 15, 2000, but left a legacy of pastors, ministers and missionaries who are still serving in churches in West Virginia, California, New Jersey, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, Kentucky, Virginia, Illinois and the Philippines.

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