Dr. Richard Jackson, president of the Jackson Center for Evangelism and Encouragement in Brownwood, was a featured speaker Thursday at the memorial service for legendary music artist Glen Campbell.
   Held at the Country Music Theater of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn., the celebratory event was called “Remembering…A Celebration of the Life and Music.”
   A friend of the Campbell family for 35 years, Jackson was the family’s pastor during the final dozen years of Jackson’s 25-year tenure as senior pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church, where the Campbell and his wife, Kim became members in 1981.
    Jackson is now pastor emeritus of the church.
    He performed the Campbells’ wedding in 1982, and baptized all three of their children. Across the years, he has been the family’s friend and confidant.
   Campbell was featured during numerous concerts of gospel music at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Two of his hits, “Jesus and Me” (1986) and “No More Night” (1989) were introduced at services there. The latter featured Campbell and the 300+ members of the North Phoenix Baptist Church choir and orchestra, and has been accessed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube.
   “I have watched Glen’s journey in his home, in my home, on the golf course, as well as at church, and I assure you, his faith in Jesus was real,” Jackson said at the service. “I do not suggest that his faith never wavered, but I do insist that the one in whom he trusted never failed him. Today, Glen’s faith journey has led him to walk in the very midst of the truth about which he so boldly sang.”
   Earlier, Jackson cited “No More Night” as symbolic of Campbell’s faith journey. The lyrics include: “The endless theme, earth and heaven will pass away. It’s not a dream. God will make all things new that day. Gone is the curse from which I stumbled and fell. Evil is banished to eternal hell. No more night. No more pain. No more tears. Never crying again. And praises to the great I Am. We will live in the light of the risen Lamb.”