Walnut Grove Baptist Church

Rev. W. Leon Jackson |  Pastor

W. Leon Jackson is serving as the 8th Pastor of Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Warrenton Virginia.  He was appointed as the Pastor on July 23, 2005, officially installed on November 11, 2005, and is proudly celebrating his 12 year anniversary as well.  His mission is to touch the community with love in ways that will save lives and renew minds daily.  Build God fearing leaders, who will be servants for Jesus and will leave all others to save the one lost sheep!
Since his appointment, Pastor Jackson has established the following: an Adult Core, who by his leadership sets the direction of the church and outreach in the community, a Youth Core also under his leadership, sets the direction and growth of our thriving youth.  He also established the WGBC church website and church logo.  Pastor Jackson strives to preach God’s word with excitement including visual effects that may convict, inspire, teach and save lives.
Pastor Jackson was born and raised in Northern Virginia to the parents: Leonard (deceased) and Josephine Jackson.  He was blessed with spiritual parents who instilled in him the foundation and training of God’s word.  As a result of their teaching and many others, he gave his life to Christ at the early age of 8 years old.  He grew up in the church and answered the call ministry at the age of 30.

Pastor Jackson was ordained as minister on September 28, 1994, under the leadership of his Pastor, Rev. James A. Vanison Sr.  He served in various ministries in the church.  These included Assistant Pastor, Director of all Church Ministries, Pre-Martial Counseling, Financial Counseling, Prayer Service Ministry, and assisting in the Youth Ministry.
Pastor Jackson is affiliated with Praise Covenant Interdenominational Fellowship (PCIF) which is an organization who unites with other ministries in building the body of Christ.  Pastor Jackson ministers in the capacity of an Overseer over other affiliated churches in helping them to reach their goals set for their individual ministries.   
At the age of 21, Pastor Jackson was blessed to marry his high school sweetheart, Donna.  They just celebrated 33 years of marriage on June 29th, 2017 and are blessed with 3 sons: Kevin, Nicholas, and Jordan.  Pastor Jackson cherishes his time with his family.  His 1st lady walks beside him in all that they do and in seeking the Lord’s guidance.  They believe setting priorities are important to be successful in ministry with their family and professions.

Currently, Pastor Jackson is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Divinity at Washington Bible College Institution in Maryland. As Pastor, his purpose and objective are to glorify and fulfill God’s Word in reaching lost souls, nurturing the converts and building them for the Kingdom of Heaven .