The Rev. Troy Jackson serves as the Executive Director at the AMOS Project, a federation of congregations in Greater Cincinnati dedicated to building the Beloved Community. He formerly served as Senior Pastor of University Christian Church (UCC) in Cincinnati, Ohio for 15 years. Under The Rev. Jackson's leadership, UCC established Rohs Street Café, a seven-day-a-week community coffee shop committed to community engagement, the arts, and social justice. Through Rohs Street Café, UCC has been a partner in the formation of La Armonia Hermosa, a line of coffee from Guatemala emerging from direct trade relationships with coffee farmers in the village of Santa Maria de Jesus.
In addition to his work with UCC, the Rev. Jackson is a community representative at Hughes High School in the church’s neighborhood and is actively involved in faith rooted community organizing efforts in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio. He has been very involved in calling for comprehensive immigration reform and the Dream Act, and is currently serving as faith outreach director for the We Are Ohio campaign, an effort to repeal the anti-union Senate Bill 5 in Ohio which limits collective bargaining by public sector workers.
The Rev. Jackson is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and earned his Ph.D. in United States history from the University of Kentucky. The Rev. Jackson's book Becoming King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of a National Leader (The University Press of Kentucky, 2008) explores the critical role the grassroots Montgomery Movement played in the development of King. The Rev. Jackson's other publications include his work as an editor on The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Volume VI: Advocate of the Social Gospel (September 1948-March 1963) [Berkeley, University of California Press, 2007). He is also a regular blogger on Sojourners “God’s Politics Blog.” Troy lives in Cincinnati with his wife Amanda and their three children, Jacob, Emma and Ellie.