With the kindness of a shepherd and the audacity of a coach, Ron lives to see the hearts of people turn toward God and their giftedness come to full fruition. His desire is to see the Cle Elum Alliance Church be a fellowship of people who love God, love one another and, in obedience to the Lord and His Word, reach out to their neighbors and the nations.
Ron “Cookie” Jackson grew up in the south end of Seattle where he attended Franklin High School. With a precocious athletic ability in track and football, he set the 100-meter record in the state of Washington, which stood for 18 years and set many football records, as well. He became a notable Washington Husky running back from 1980 to 1985. While with the Huskies, he was privileged to play under Coach Don James, making it to the most prestigious bowls such as the Orange Bowl in 1985, Rose Bowl in 1980 and 1982, and the Aloha Bowl in 1983. After playing with the Washington Redskins for pre-season, his football career came to an end in 1985.
In 1986, Ron married Melissa and they had their one and only son, Josiah, in 1992. He and his family moved to the Southern cone of Africa in 1994 where they served as missionaries for twelve years, with a primary focus on church leadership development. They relocated to the USA in 2006, continuing to serve as missionaries in both the USA and Africa.
In August of 2010, Ron prayerfully pursued the application process for the pastoral position at Cle Elum Alliance Church. After five months of fervent prayer, many interviews, and extensive deliberations, Ron was nominated and officially installed as the Pastor.