The Reverend/Chaplain Virginia Jackson
The Reverend Doctor Virginia
Jackson retired in July of 2015 as a full-time Protestant Staff Chaplain and Chief of
Chaplain Service for the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care
System of Palo Alto and Menlo Park, California.
Her duties included ministering to
patients in her assigned units and pastoring veterans, their
families and staff. Before becoming Chief of Chaplain Services in the
beginning of 2011, she conducted multiple worship services on Sunday. Many of
her sermons can be listened to or downloaded on her webpage under the tab
"worship services". In addition to her pastoral care
manages Channel 15 (part of the hospitalís in-house closed circuit television
programming), and facilitates a Spirituality Group (voluntary) focusing on faith
issues in the residential Trauma Recovery Program at the Menlo Park Division of
also directs the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Male Patient Chorus at the
National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park.
Chaplain Jackson has had a
varied and rewarding life and career. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in
Bio-Chemistry from Prairie View A&M University, 1963; Master's of Divinity from American Baptist Seminary of the West,
Berkeley, California, 1996 -- where she completed her studies in
two-and-one-half years and graduated with honors. And, most recently in 2010,
she earned her Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from
San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.
For 17 years she was a
professional singer in the USA, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands.
She was a licensed radio and television newscaster and DJ.
Reverend Jackson answered her
call to ministry in 1993 and was ordained at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in
Oakland, California after finishing Seminary in May 1996. February of 1997 she
went to Stanford University Hospital to enter the Pastoral Education program where she completed five units of CPE.
In May 1999 she was called to
be Associate Pastor of Crosswalk Community Church (half-time) and served for
three and one half years.
From there, she became Director
of Christian Education (half time) at Saint Mathew's Episcopal Church in San
Mateo, California. When the war in Iraq started she became a full-time VA
In March of 2001, she was
appointed by Stanford University to the Administrative panel on Human Subjects
in Medical Research.
In 2001 she became nationally board certified by the National Association of VA
Chaplains and is a member of the National Black Chaplains Association (VA),
member of the Military Chaplain's Association of the United States of America.
presently holds the position of Chief, Chaplain Service at the Department of
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California (VAPAHCS)
where she had been serving our nation's veterans for over 14+ years.
Doctor Virginia Jackson is a regular attendee of the
Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.
Download her official Bio in
Microsoft Word format (updated October 18, 2011)
Jackson, D.Min, M.Div., BCC