Mrs. Deborah ANN JACKSON was born on March 7, 1953. After having earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees from The Ohio State University, Mrs. Jackson became driven by a call from God to provide a Christ-centered education for children whose families typically could not afford it. As a result of a vision given to her by God, she was obedient and followed His directions. In doing so, Sonshine Christian Academy was established in 1981.
Mrs. Jackson was recognized as a pioneer in the area of Christian education. Through faith and trust in God, she was able to perform a miracle as Sonshine grew to educate over 500 students, employ over 75 faculty and staff persons, and was hailed as the largest African-American Christian School in the State of Ohio during the last year she was able to serve as principal, before her untimely death, in 1999. Legacy is the result of what happens when you take what you have and put it in the Master’s hand. Mrs. Jackson’s mantel has now been passed down to her three daughters (who currently serve as principal and board of trustee members respectively), but her love for Christ and the community is what Mrs. Jackson left to all of us to remember.
When God gives us a vision, we do not ask how. We do not ask why. We do not ask when. We should simply be obedient, heed God’s call and work to the best of our abilities to do His will. So when our time comes, we can hear Him say “well done good and faithful servant. Well done”.
Mrs. Jackson went home to be with the Lord on May 8, 1999. She left a wonderful testimony of faith as she laid a foundation that other Christian Schools now follow in the Columbus Community. To God be the Glory for the great things He has done.