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 tasks,  she  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 VAPAHCS.  She 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 Chaplain.

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.  She 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.  


Reverend Doctor Virginia Jackson is a regular attendee of the

National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.

Download her official Bio in Microsoft Word format (updated October 18, 2011)

Contact Information


Virginia Jackson, D.Min, M.Div., BCC



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