Leadership

Get to know our team and its Leader.

James W. Jackson

Lead Pastor

Pastor Jackson, the Lead Pastor of Fervent Prayer Church, began his ministry with approximately ten members in the former School #75 on the west side of Indianapolis with his wife of 29 years Dietrich L. Jackson, and their four daughters. Pastor Jackson's goal is to promote healing and deliverance through the power of prayer and faith around the world. He has aligned himself with a great pastoral leadership team and as a result, has been a blessing to the city of Indianapolis for nearly 27 years. Pastor Jackson is the President of the Fervent Care Child Care and Christian Academy, which began under his leadership 24 years ago and has served thousands of children on the Eastside of Indianapolis. He is also the President of the Far Eastside Action Coalition that is home to Clean For Green, a youth employment and mentoring program that began in 2012 that continues to employ and prepare youth in Indianapolis for life and the workforce.

Pastor Jackson has hosted a weekly radio Prayer Ministry since 1998 and has also been the lead host of The Community Connection, the host of Unity In The Community on Saturdays, and is the lead host of Real People Real Voices that airs every Sunday afternoon on WHMB TV40 reaching hundreds of thousands of people for Jesus Christ every week. He is also a social media influencer who hosts a daily devotional on Facebook and YouTube that reaches people all over America, South Africa, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Pakistan, Australia, Japan, and other parts of the world.
In 2010, Pastor Jackson was the first Pastor in the city of Indianapolis' history to be appointed to the police merit board by Mayor Greg Ballard. Pastor Jackson also served on the Board of Public Safety for the city of Indianapolis and is a former member of the board for the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE). In 2019, he graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in Indianapolis and is also a graduate of the RNC’s Inaugural Diversity Series in Indiana 2021. Pastor Jackson holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Indiana Wesleyan University/Wesley Seminary and is currently a third-year doctrinal student at IWU.

He was awarded a 2014 Recipient of the Mayor‘s Community Service Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award from IWU in 2018, the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from Perry Township Schools, the Indianapolis Legends Award 2017, and Crime Fighter of the Year Award 2016 from IMPD. Pastor Jackson is currently serving his second term as a commissioner for the I  and has received numerous other acknowledgments and certificates of appreciation for his work in the community.

Dietrich "Dee" Jackson

Co-Pastor

Pastor Dee, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, is First Lady and Co-Pastor of Fervent Prayer.  She is the director of Chosen Vessel’s with "SWAGG" Women's Ministry, President of Fervent In Style Boutique (proceeds of such are used to fund outreaches of the ministry), and administrator of Fervent Care Childcare and Christian Academy.

Pastor Dee believes in helping people outside of the church walls. She leads Ferventfeeders, a program that provides free food to our community with the help of Gleaners food bank, and several Women’s Ministries that promote spiritual and community enrichment programs through its monthly meetings and scheduled events. Through "SWAGG", she oversees projects that bless different community groups, such as providing hygiene packets to the Children’s Bureau and raising funds to provide monetary donations to the Julian Center. Before working in ministry full-time, she worked in finance, retirement administration and consulting.

Ernest Hopson

Lead Pastor of FPC North

Pastor Hopson has been on the Fervent Prayer Church leadership team for many years and has helped the church in various ways. He and his wife, Helen Hopson, are the lead Pastor and First Lady at FPC North, located in Fishers, IN.

Almita "Cookie"  Dilosa

Chief of Staff
Cookie is the director of A/V & Outreach. She has been a tremendous asset to FPC as she ensures that everything operates in excellence.

Nichelle Smith

Executive Administrator/ Member Services
Nichelle handles all things pertaining to existing, as well as new members of the church by helping  them settle into the ministry.