Deborah Jackson, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from the School of Theology in Sewanee with an M.Div. in 2007. Immediately following graduation, she began her ministry as a canon at St. John's Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville—the cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. Jackson later served as assistant rector at St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Jacksonville Beach, and most recently as interim associate rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville.
Jackson received her undergraduate degree in behavioral science from Rollins College before earning an M.B.A. in marketing and management from Jacksonville University. Her studies led her to a 23-year career in marketing with Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Florida. Additionally, Jackson has been an adjunct instructor at Florida State College at Jacksonville for the past two years.
In May 2013, Jackson graduated from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, where she earned her D.Min. with a focus on transformative leadership. Her thesis was a study of young adults in the millennial generation, titled "Welcoming Young Adults Home: Creating a Model for the Churching of Young Adults."
Raised in the United Methodist Church, Jackson made the switch to The Episcopal Church after marrying and starting a family, joining St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Jackson and her husband, Jim, have three grown children—Jerrold, Justin, and Ashley.