Jackson Clelland

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer.
Strategically leading people to discover and live God’s Story.
What’s your favorite Scripture?
Psalm 37:23 & 24.
Where’s your favorite place in California?
On a wave at San Onofre State Beach.
Where’s your favorite place NOT in California?
On snow at the top of Lake Louise.
What makes you laugh the most?
Awkward moments.
What are your top three favorite movies?
The Usual Suspects, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix.
What’s something surprising about you?
I met my birth parents for the first time in 2015.
What’s your favorite family tradition?
Reading the children’s storybook bible after dinner.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
My wife, if I can ever get out of evening meetings at the church…
What do you love most about church?
Watching people discover grace and then each other.
What year did you start working here?
Rev. Dr. Jackson Clelland serves as the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff of Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo. A native Canadian, he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, anticipating a career in business. Sensing God’s call to ministry, he returned to school to complete a Master of Divinity at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. During that time, he met his wife, Malaika.
Following seminary, Jackson served as a solo pastor at Zion Presbyterian Church in Angus, Ontario. He has since served as Associate Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Diego, and later at University Place Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington, prior to coming to PCOM in 2011.
Jackson and Malaika spend much of their time taxiing their two daughters, Madeline and Chloe to taekwondo, aerial arts, theater, piano, and soccer. Jackson’s other active pursuits include longboard surfing, skiing, and weight lifting. He’s also just generally a really cool guy.