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.
Though not as strong physically as he was in the beginning of his ministry, his desire for seeing God’s work flourish never diminished. About 15 years ago Bishop began to speak of the vision of a new edifice. Through many trials and test, on Saturday June 24, 2000 at 2:00 pm God brought that vision to pass. On that blessed day Bishop Pollock was able to attend and participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
We can all ask ourselves what kind of man was this? Although Bishop Pollock’s health failed, his faith and trust in God never failed. In the final hours of his earthly life he had the people of God in his heart and in his mind. As our present Pastor, Bishop Rickie Jackson, whispered into his ear “the church is going to be alright,” 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!!!
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 (Yonca). 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, 1964.
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. Her first office held in the Church was the Emmanuel Choir Secretary; she presently serves as President of the Women’s Auxiliary. She loves working in the church. One thing that was instilled in her through Bishop Pollock and Bishop Jackson:”I’d rather wear out than rust out!” 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!”
Bishop Jackson worked faithfully and diligently as a brother (he also enjoyed playing the tambourine in every service). Bishop Jackson was later assigned as a junior deacon, deacon, minister, Assistant Pastor, and presently serves as Pastor, all under the leadership of Bishop Malon Pollock. 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)
The Women’s Ministry serves in the following capacities:
Ministers & Deacons Wives Guild
The P:31 Married& Saved Ministry
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.
- Rendering service at Retirement Homes
- Prayer Breakfast
- Real Life…Real Talk…Real Men sessions held once a month
- Men’s Day Service and Conference ( Day of empowering workshops and fellowship)
Includes but not limited to:
Monthly men’s meeting which provide instructional teaching in many spiritual and natural aspects of life.
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.
Our purpose is to establish a life pleasing to God as a whole and complete saved person. Through fellowship and bible teachings we desire to support one another as we find God’s purpose for our lives. We also enjoy life outside the church walls, fellowshipping while exploring life.
The couple’s ministry is designed to enhance the relationships of married men and women through monthly interactions designed to explore the deeper meanings of marriage. Each quarter we take it a little bit further, date night by meeting as a group for a fun filled evening designed to remind us of the reason we became a couple!