Ella Garner Jackson, R.N.
A registered nurse since 1973, Ella Garner Jackson began her career as manager of pediatrics at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center and has served as the center’s R.N. case manager for oncology for the past 10 years. Her responsibilities include patient advocacy; collaboration with physicians, patients and families; as well as community referrals to facilitate discharge planning.
Jackson received an associate degree in nursing from Hinds College, The Reformed Theological Seminary, and she has many local and national certifications and training. She hopes to pursue a degree in public health in the near future.
Jackson is an active member of New Horizon Church International, serving as leader of its Health and Wellness Ministry since 1997. By collaborating with community agencies, she has gained valuable knowledge and partnerships with governmental and nonprofit organizations that have assisted the health care ministry in accomplishing its mission of maintaining wellness, improving health, preventing disease and managing illness.
Since 2001, Jackson has coordinated through Mississippi College to train other nurses as congregational health nurses and to lead health ministries in their churches. She is a volunteer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and co-chair for the Mississippi ADA Diversity Programs Committee.
Jackson has served on the board of directors of the Willowood Development Center. Currently she serves on the Pastoral Consultant Committee, Mississippi Baptist Medical Center; Committee for Parish/Congregational Nurse Ministry Training Program of Mississippi, Mississippi Baptist Health System; the advisory board of the Samaritan Counseling Center; and the Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Committee.
Through her many affiliations, Jackson has assisted church health and wellness ministries throughout Mississippi to conduct screenings, provide educational programs and connect with other local and national community agencies. In 1998, she was profiled as the February Virtue magazine cover story, “How God’s Love Overcomes Our Differences.”
Jackson is divorced and has two children, Leon and Tiffany. She enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren, Lauren, Taylor, Treasurer and Jackson; and adopted grandchildren, Brandon and Courtney.