Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and with his wife Dr. Beverly Y. Jackson are the Founders and owners of The Impact Television Network. The Network broadcasts internationally to approximately 80 million homes. Bishop Jackson views their network as a tool to inspire people to connect with their spirituality. They also provide a platform for a wide variety of talented spiritual leaders to engage, enrich, and empower people internationally.
For over 37 years, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and wife Dr. Beverly Y. Jackson, have served as senior pastors of Great Faith Ministries in Detroit, MI. Bishop Jackson is a devoted Shepherd to his very large congregation. He is a dedicated member of his community, offering peace and solace through his message of unity while inspiring all to live their life without limitations.
Bishop Wayne T. Jackson mentors men after their release from their incarceration. In an effort to provide these men with the skills required to support a second chance in life, Bishop Jackson has provided guidance, support, and spiritual counsel. His dedication is not limited to his local community. He was instrumental in organizing relief for many survivors of Hurricane Katrina. In addition, he has journeyed to Africa bringing both critical and fundamental supplies to the country, such as food, medical supplies, books, and computers. But most importantly, he was able to bring his ministry and his teachings.
Bishop Wayne T. Jackson had the unique privilege of giving the benediction prayer at the Presidential Inauguration. He delivered his prayer with dignity and grace imparting a message of unity for our Nation, and for God to provide our leadership with the wisdom in leading our great nation.
What inspired you to start this business?
I am a man that is inspired by God, I got a direct call from God. There are many types of people in this beautiful World. Some people are academics, some people are just called by God to teach. I was chosen as the latter type.
When you were starting out, was there ever a time you doubted it would work? If so, how did you handle that?
Oh, sure there was doubt when I first started. When you are under a lot of opposition there is always going to be doubt , no matter what. You have to go back to your original calling, it was my spiritual awakening. I knew I had to stay true to this spiritual awakening and fulfill my destiny. When we go back to the Scriptures, it tells us that He chose us. So, we just have to continue doing what we are called to do. Even when I’ve questioned it, I always go back to my faith. It has definitely served me well over the years.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I start my day out in prayer, then meditation, then I read Scriptures. I am then ready to go meet with my team at my television network where I do live broadcasts. I also have children and grandchildren to keep me busy. By the time 5pm rolls around, I should be sitting down to dinner with my family, and sharing evenings with them. I always make sure to have a productive day followed by spending quality time with my family.
What do you think it is that makes you successful?
I live life to its fullest on a daily basis. In addition to that, I listen to my guidance and do what I am asked to do. I believe in living life with dignity, compassion for others, and strength in the faith that God is with me always. With these beliefs in mind and determination, I have been able to achieve many things in life.
What has been your most satisfying moment in your spiritual career?
The most satisfying moments I have is when I can see the transformation in people through God. It is when they can see that the Bible is not just a book of history, but it is a living book that will transform their lives. It is much more than just an inanimate object, instead, it can breathe life back into people and help them reach further and go harder. With the help of the Scriptures, I see people become empowered. Another satisfying moment in my spiritual career is when I mentor families. I like to see families who were once broken put back together again. I also love it when I see the sick be delivered and miracles through the power of their faith and prayer.
What do you enjoy when you’re not teaching?
When I am not teaching and helping out others, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and relaxing. I cherish that uninterrupted time with my family. My days are so busy, from sun up to sun down, so my family time is fulfilling to me. I also make sure to remember that no matter how far I get in life and how many things I achieve, my family will always be my top priority and they will always be the most important people in my life. I will never sacrifice my family time for something else.
What does the future hold for you?
In the near future, I have a lot to do. I have a desire to help people who cannot help themselves. It has truly empowered me. For example, we are putting together a large center to feed the poor, we are also providing training for people so that they will be able to get a job, as well as trying to help seniors as well as the youth. I believe that being successful is not just about achieving personal success. I believe that being truly successful is having the ability to help others improve their lives or achieve their success.
What business books have inspired you?
My foundation is set on the Bible. The Bible is the manual for the human race and for creation. I would definitely say that it is the most important book a person can ever come across.
What is one piece of advice you would give to younger people?
Don’t procrastinate! Procrastination is the number one and biggest killer of dreams. If I had the wisdom that I have now, I would tell my younger self to live life every day to your maximum potential. Definitely, don’t procrastinate!
What advice would you give to someone who would like to join the ministry?
I would say to someone who may think they have had the calling, that ministry is not a glamorous job. The ministry is a life of sacrifice. If you are getting into the ministry for fame or just for an occupation, then it may not be what you are called to do. Jesus said to take up your cross and to follow me. It is a life of denial. There are no real vacations if you want to be a true Shepherd. You don’t have people in your heart or good morals, don’t get into this.