Music, family, and a desire to minister to people, were shared values that brought Bruce and Brenda Jackson together as teenagers. Brenda and her family were hosted in evangelistic ministry by Bruce’s father at his church in Dayton, OH. Early friendship turned into romance and then, a marriage partnership, which became the foundation for everything that God has produced through their lives. Bruce asked Brenda to marry him at the top of a skyscraper in downtown Chicago and was literally “walking on the clouds” when she said, “yes.” They were married in 1982, after college and Bible training at Grace College and Moody Bible Institute. From the beginning, Bruce and Brenda saw the need for their family to be used in any way possible to lift up a high standard and share the answer of Jesus Christ for people’s troubled lives.
After Pastoral leadership in three churches, Bruce developed an acute awareness and understanding of the breakdown in today’s families. This couple has been a strong voice of vision, inspiration, and motivation in communication of Scriptural truth for the family. Bruce is an accomplished keyboard artist and vocalist in addition to being a gifted evangelist and pastor while Brenda is a capable cellist and vocalist. Their musical collaboration has produced numerous recordings. They see music and media as an effective and powerful tool to communicate God’s standard about all aspects of family issues and values.
Bruce and Brenda Jackson feel as though Christian discipleship begins at home with their own children. They have four beautiful children who have displayed exceptional giftedness in music, composition and performance as well as communication of the family’s signature subject matter. Bruce serves as leader and co-founder of FamilySong Ministries and has led in pastoral responsibilities of teaching and administration at First Grace since 2010. His entire family continues to be an integral part of both ministry organizations.