Staff Spotlight: Cameron Jackson

How long have you been with the ministry?

THE ministry, or this one? I’ve been involved in the business of church for a good long while (I even taught karate for a church, long story), and have been with Hour of Power for a couple years now.

What do you do for Hour of Power?

Right now, I research, invite, coordinate with, and host the many wonderful guests our church and program has every week, as they interview and perform for our congregation and viewers around the world.

How did God bring you to the ministry?

I met Robert Laird while working in that mice-infested theme park down the road, who asked me to come in for an interview after establishing a good friendship through his website, I fully expected to spend the rest of my life working at Disney, but the Lord’s plans don’t always line up with theme-park-filled expectations. After prayerful consideration and a lot of conversation with my wife, I left the dream job for something better.

What is your favorite part about working here?

Being odd has been at my core since I figured out that I didn’t want to be a farmer for a living. Back then, “odd” meant not being in 4-H or the Future Farmers of America, but I digress. Here, I have the space to be odd, while still being accepted and appreciated.

Do you have an impactful story to share from your job?

I don’t know about this being impactful on a grand scale, though the time I got to host a personal hero from my youth around on a Sunday certainly sticks with me. He even invited me to his show following his visit, and gave me an experience 13-year-old Cameron wouldn’t have ever dreamed possible. The impact wasn’t just because of the amazing time, but because it’s one of the last things I’d have expected to be able to do through a church! This is a different place, and I like different.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I like rebuilding antique vending machines, eating things I can’t pronounce, and making what sounds to be pained cat noises on my banjo. And yes, I know I sound like a tertiary character in a quirky indie film. And I’m okay with that.

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

Clever stand-up acts like John Mulaney and Bo Burnham get a lot of play. Also, Supernatural. I don’t need to validate that decision.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Snarple, because it is not currently a color offered by Crayola, and therefore can only be found with out-of-the-box thinking. There, I did a clever thing. Did you see?