E.W. Jackson was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1970 and was honorably discharged in 1973. He went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Phi Beta Kappa Key from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1975, and from Harvard Law School in 1978. While in law school, he studied at Harvard Divinity School and was licensed as a Baptist minister. He was ordained as a pastor in 1979 and consecrated a Bishop in 1998.

He pastored a church and practiced law for 15 years in Boston, and was an adjunct professor at Northeastern University and Strayer University. He is the founder of The Called Church, headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, and STAND–Staying True to America’s National Destiny, a national nonprofit organization with a mission to bring Americans together across racial and cultural lines to preserve our Judeo-Christian values and heritage. Through his church, he and his wife, Theodora, founded the Chesapeake Martin Luther King Leadership Breakfast and the William Jackson Youth Center.

He is the host of The Awakening, a national radio talk show on American Family Radio, with 200 radio stations and live streamed around the world. He is the author of two books: Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life and 12 Principles to Make Your Life Extraordinary.

He has been a guest on Fox & Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Neil Cavuto, Lou Dobbs, Megyn Kelly, CBN World News, ABC’s Good Morning America, C-Span’s Washington Journal, ABC Radio Network, National Public Radio and other media. His articles have been featured in the Washington Times, American Thinker, Western Journalism, American Family Association’s magazine The STAND, Life Today’s The Stream, and other publications.

Bishop Jackson has been a candidate for U.S. Senate and the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia.

He and his wife, Theodora, have been married for 50 years, have three children, and reside in Suffolk, Virginia.