Memorial Services To Be Held Sunday

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Pastor Marvin Jackson of Kansas City, MO passed away due to COVID-19 at the age of 60. 

A public viewing will be held Saturday May 16, from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the El Shaddai International Ministries center located at 1311 Spring Street, Grandview, Mo. Social distancing will be observed, masks and gloves will be required. 

A private family celebration of life will be held Sunday May 17, at 12 p.m. The service will be live streamed.

Pastor Jackson was born December 3, 1959 in Kansas City, Mo., to Elder Esau Jackson Jr. and Birdella Jackson. 

He was the founding Pastor of the El Shaddai International Ministries of Grandview, MO which was established in December 2000 and will celebrate their 20-year anniversary in December 2020.

Pastor Jackson was raised in the church along with his three brothers and younger sister. It was there where he developed a love for music while watching his older brothers play various instruments. He developed a love for music which led him to master the piano in addition to learning seven other musical instruments. His musical gifts would eventually make room for him by opening many doors from being the lead trumpeter and drum major of his high school band to starting his own record company.

His musical interest would also lead him to other endeavors such as opening Kansas City’s first Christian nightclub, A Touch of Spirit where he hosted radio and TV programs and operated his recording studio and independent record label, Pearl records. 

During this time, he was afforded the opportunity to work with national gospel recording artists such as the Winans, Kirk Franklin, Boys to Men, BET’s Bobby Jones and many more. However, while he was pursuing his musical aspirations and entrepreneurial dreams, he never forgot his roots which was the church.

Pastor Jackson served as the Sunday School Superintendent and adult teacher of the Young People Willing Worker (YPWW) teacher, church Trustee, Director of Christian Education and Minister of Music at St. Paul Monument of Faith Church of God in Christ under his Pastor and brother, Bishop Clifford A. Jackson. 

In October 1998, when he could no longer run from his destiny, Pastor Jackson answered the call and preached his first sermon in February 1999. In 2000 with seven people in attendance, he began teaching bible study in his home. The numbers quickly increased, and the bible study was moved to a local community center. On December 3, 2000, he conducted the genesis Sunday Morning Worship service as the founding Pastor of the El Shaddai Family Worship center in Grandview, Mo. 

Pastor Jackson graduated as the Valedictorian of his ministerial class. The ministry received over 800 members on the roster with over 400 receiving their salvation.

The El Shaddai Family Worship center is now called the El Shaddai International Ministries and has over 30 ministries such as “Now Faith Television Broadcast” that reached over 1 million homes weekly and “Feeding the Multitudes” which offered support to the local community as well as the church to name a few.

Pastor Jackson’s entrepreneurial spirit would continue to evolve with the launching of several business ventures such as the El Gear clothing line and the El Store to name a few. Grandview Missouri’s first Senior Care Facility fondly named after his precious mother: The Birdella Jackson Senior Adult Care Center, Real Estate Venture Kingdom Properties, New Faith TV (airing on TBN), and International Fellowship of Christian Churches. 

He was a song writer, recording artist, published author, preacher and teacher with a vision from God; a vessel used to bring hundreds of souls to Christ. While he was multi-talented, spiritually strong, a man of God, he took no credit for the gifts and blessings but instead proclaimed all the glory and praise belonged to “El Shaddai; God Almighty, God the Blessor, the God that is more than enough!” He believed by following El Shaddai he was “Taking God’s People to a Higher Level of Living!”