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Jacksonville Faith Leader Supports HRO, Says “We Cannot Turn Our Backs on Children of God” December 19, 2016

Pastor Regina Jackson has always had a heart for God’s people, and started ministering in 1996 through song. After that, she started preaching and doing Bible studies at nursing homes.

Pastor Jackson founded Restoration of Truth Ministries on the Westside to fulfill her call to God in 2012.

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“My vision for the church is to become one of the largest churches that accepts all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and economic status,” said Pastor Jackson. “We have different nationalities, a transgender person, straight and gay worshippers…it’s a melting pot. The Lord welcomes and loves all people We will be here for those who come from different backgrounds and denominations and show them all love.”

Pastor Jackson is a lesbian herself, and experienced discrimination in housing first-hand and was treated poorly at public accommodations, such as restaurants.

“I’ve experienced discrimination first-hand. That was the first reason why I felt supporting a fully-inclusive HRO to protect all gay and transgender people from discrimination was what I had to do to make a better quality of life for my family. The second reason is that my faith dictates we’re to love one another and all of us are God’s children. We should all enjoy the same quality of life. I have congregants that are transgender, and we’ve had conversations regarding the fact they’d love to apply to a Fortune 500 company and because of who they are, they’re not able to get past the interview process. They have less economic opportunity and have trouble getting housing. It’s hard to come to church as a pastor and preach about how God loves everyone and they should be empowered because they believe, and go back into the world and face blatant discrimination.”

Pastor Jackson references John 3:16 as informing her view that God loves everyone: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

“We’re supposed to, as Christians, be loving, have Christ-like attributes. Who is it that we as Christians aren’t supposed to support having quality of life and equal rights? I don’t understand how we can follow Christ and turn our backs on our fellow children of God.”