Gregory L. Jackson was ordained in the Lutheran Church in 1973. He has served Lutheran congregations in various capacities since 1970. He graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, where he met his future wife Christina. After marriage and seminary, he attended Yale University and earned a master's degree. Later, Notre Dame awarded him a scholarship for a PhD in theology. He has also studied adult education (MA), journalism (J-school dropout), insurance (CLU), and computer science. He writes books and blogs, providing worship services via the Internet from Bethany Lutheran Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas.