Bishop Rickie Jackson was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 19, 1962. He is the second of eight children born to Phillip and Pearl Jackson. Around the age of six, he and his family moved to Johnston, SC. While in Johnston they worshiped the Lord in the home of the late Elder Herman Williams’ grandmother. Later, the late Bishop Grady Cooks became pastor. Around the age of 10, the Jackson family moved to Columbia, SC, where they joined the Emmanuel Church under the leadership of the late Bishop Malon Pollock.
Bishop Jackson is a 1980 honor graduate of Eau Claire High School. On July 11, 1981, he was united in holy matrimony to Bishop Pollock’s daughter Teresa. To this union the Lord has blessed them with three beautiful children, two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law Ashely (John), Jamar (Kiaya), and Darius (Younca). Bishop and Lady Jackson are also the proud grandparents of three granddaughters and one grandson; Janelle, Aubrey, Christian and Ava.
First Lady Teresa Jackson was born on September 13, 1962. She is the youngest daughter of the late Bishop Malon Pollock and Mother Alice Pollock. Lady Jackson was baptized in the month of March and received the Holy Ghost on a Friday night during a 1979 revival. She presently serves as President of the Women’s Ministry. Her favorite scripture is Psalms 61:2 “Lead me to a rock that is higher than I, “and her motto is: ‘It’s not about me, it’s all about Jesus!”
Throughout the years Bishop Jackson worked faithfully and diligently as a brother, junior deacon, deacon, minister, Assistant Pastor, and presently serves as Pastor. Bishop Jackson’s favorite scripture is “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand.” (Psalms 37:23-24)
December 22, 1933 – October 27, 2000
Bishop Malon Pollock was born in Richland County on December 22, 1933. He was the eighth of ten children born to the late Henry and Mary Pollock. He attended the Elementary Schools of Richland County during his adolescent years. Though he did not receive his High School Diploma in his youth, it was one of his dreams. God blessed Bishop Pollock to return to school and in May of 1984, this dream was realized.
On April 10, 1952 Bishop Pollock was united in holy matrimony to Alice E. Smith. To this union was born eight children, twenty-three grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren and counting.
After marrying Alice Pollock, Bishop enlisted in the United States Army. Bishop Pollock was Honorably Discharged in 1955 after serving two years in the Army and went on to trade school at Booker T. Washington, earning a certificate in Brick Masonry and Carpentry.
Bishop Pollock was baptized in 1950 at the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and received the Holy Ghost the following year. He worked diligently at the Progressive Church holding many positions and helping to start other works, both physically (in the construction), and spiritually (in leadership, and whatever else his hands found to do.)
In the year 1963, Bishop Pollock, being led of God, started an independent work known as The Emmanuel Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. Under his leadership works were started in Columbia, Eastover, West Columbia, Swansea, and Smoaks, South Carolina.
On Friday morning, October 27, 2000, our founder departed this earthly life and entered eternal rest. His hands can no longer clap, his voice is silent now, but the many sermons preached will live on forever within us, and thanks be to God the HAMMER is still ringing!!!
To develop, empower and equip men to become spiritual leaders in their families, church, and community. Our goal is to help encourage and strengthen every new born Brother in the Lord to grow into Kingdom men for God, and become more effective in all aspects of life through the teachings of the word of God.
The Christian Education Ministry focus is to lay a common foundation of understand and teaching for the new member pertaining to our Pastor’s vision, our beliefs, basic
Christian teaching, ministries, and services. The main goal is to support the spiritual training and growth of new members.
We will promote and encourage the continued emphasis on reading and studying God’s Word. This will nurture the new member’s relationship with Jesus Christ, as they grow in the Lord.
The youth ministry seeks to introduce God to children of all ages. While working with the youth and their families we attempt to guide youth into a life of following Christ on their terms and understanding. Our youth ministry allows the children to learn the proper way to praise and worship, read their bibles, live obedient lives wherever they may be, and become productive young adults that allow others to see Christ in them.
The Young Adult Ministry (Y.A.M.) caters to young adults 18-35 years of age to provide a outlet for spiritual growth, developing vital life skills, community service and networking with other young adults. The goal is for each young adult to expand on their personal journey to be a productive Christian.
Provides our church with a foundation for integrating health awareness messages, healthy living prevention tips and powerful engagement sessions/activities – all based on the Word of God.
The usherboard ministry seeks to assist the pastor, members and visitors who may need assistance during church services.
Music plays an important role in the worship of God’s people. The purpose of the Music Ministry is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through song, encourage believers in their walk with Christ, lead the congregation into worship and provide an avenue through which individuals may share their gift and be an integral part of the worship service.
Provide practical assistance and support that helps individuals identify and overcome barriers that prevent someone from becoming all that God intended them to be. The Emmanuel Church is a partner with The Cooperative Ministry, a non-profit designed to increase prosperity through crisis assistance and sustainability programs.