The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson has been called as Vicar of Trinity Wall Street, effective February 2015 when the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer begins his tenure as the 18th Rector of the parish.
“Please join me in welcoming Phil Jackson and his wife, Page, to the family of our vibrant parish,” said Dr. Lupfer. “In Phil, Trinity will be blessed to have a warm, empathetic, and understanding priest who serves Jesus with his whole heart. I am excited to see Phil bring his gifts as pastor and mission leader to Trinity.”
Fr. Jackson will lead the mission and ministry programs of the parish, which are organized in three areas: Faith Inspiration, Faith Formation & Education, and Faith in Action.
“I am honored to have received the call to serve as Vicar at Trinity Wall Street and join a fellowship of Episcopal clergy that dates back more than three hundred years. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the trust and support of the parish and the Rector-Elect, I will dedicate myself to sustaining its future and fortifying its missions and ministries,” said Fr. Jackson. “Page and I are looking forward to meeting all of the members of the congregation and becoming true New Yorkers as we strive forward together.”
Fr. Jackson is currently the rector of Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, Arizona, where he has led reconciliation, congregational growth, and community engagement in the greater Phoenix area. Since he arrived in 2007, he grew the children’s Christian education program from 5 students to 100.
In addition, he developed and taught parish formation classes; led weekly women’s bible study and a men’s reading group; offered classes on contemplative Christian spirituality; and led a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. He also initiated an annual lecture series featuring prominent members of the Phoenix community.
Before coming to Christ Church of the Ascension, he served parishes in Houston and Detroit, and was an attorney in Honolulu. Fr. Jackson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Amherst College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an M.Div. from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He is married to Page Underwood, an attorney. He succeeds the Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee, who served as Vicar from 2004 to 2014. Canon Mallonee accepted the call to become Chief Ecclesiastical Officer for the Church Pension Group in September.