The “Seasoned Saint” for the month of September is Sister Betty Ruth Norrington Jackson. She’s another one of the pioneer soldiers for the Lord serving at Fellowship Bible Baptist Church.
Sister Jackson was born in Social Circle, Georgia on November 11, 1948. She graduated from Fort Valley University with a BS Degree in 1970 and a Masters in 1974 in Early Childhood Education. Betty met and married Samuel Thomas Jackson Jr. in 1972 and was blessed with a daughter Kisha Tomeka Jackson in 1974.
She is now the proud granny of 8-year-old Myles Alexander Trammell. Betty enjoys visiting Kisha and family, attending Myles’ swim meets, piano recitals, and football games. Her other interests are chatting with family and friends, reading, listening to classical music, and watching TV.
As a retired dedicated educator of 41 years, Sister Jackson taught from North to South Georgia, settling in Middle Georgia. In Houston County, she taught 38 years in grades first and second and served as a certified Teacher Support Specialist. “It was a joy to teach the little ones for as I molded them, they were molding me. It was humbling to know that we were learning from each other. I strived to be ‘the best teacher’ I could be and in doing so, my colleagues voted me the first Black Teacher of the Year at Parkwood Elementary in 1987,” says Jackson.
Her beginning at Fellowship started in 1980 when she was invited to church by Mother Gloria Reid. She later joined and served as the first usher and as a Sunday School Teacher. Later, she served as the first leader of Girls-in-Action and Acteens and taught parenting classes. Down through the years, she received many plaques and certificates for her dedicated service. Presently, she serves as a member of Comforters, Trailblazers and Greeters Ministries.
“On this journey, life has taught me to stand on the promises of God, to pray without ceasing and to meditate on God’s word day and night. My favorite scriptures are 1 John 4:7 ‘Beloved, let us love one another for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God.’ When there is a challenge I stand on Proverbs 3: 5-6 ‘Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
“My challenge to Generations X, Y, and Z would be Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Written by Elder Isaiah Whittaker