Daughter Follows In Mother’s Footsteps, Leads Alabama Baptist Secretaries Organization

For Traci Jackson and her mother, Nancy Cornett, leadership is what you might call a family affair.

Both Jackson and Cornett are longtime members of the Baptist Secretaries Association of Alabama. Jackson serves as president of the organization, a position her mother also held from 2008 to 2009.

Both women also share a professional connection with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.

“My mom started working for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions in 1999 and worked for 19 years,” Jackson recalled. “In 2009, I was looking for a job and my mother suggested that I apply for a position at SBOM. To my surprise, I was hired.

Following this job, which she held until 2014, Jackson joined the AABS. Membership is open to those who work or volunteer in an administrative capacity with a Baptist church or entity, Jackson said.

“I attended my first Baptist Secretaries’ Association in Alabama and was so lost that first year,” she recalls. “I didn’t know what to expect. I never expected to be in the same place where my mother was president 14 years later.

“Jesus at the Center”

Jackson is now a ministerial assistant at Taylorville Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, where she has worked since 2017. She understands the ups and downs of working for a church and the great responsibility that role entails. The same goes for the leadership role in AABS, she said.

“I know God is in control, but I’m always afraid of messing something up one way or another,” she admitted. “I just try to focus on the Lord and move forward in the best way I know how, keeping him at the center of everything we do. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been chosen as President.

Jackson began his term in March and will serve until March 2023.

She admitted that being president of AABS has changed her life in many ways, but the life lessons have come from many avenues.

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She has been married to her husband, Irby, for 24 years and has served alongside him in several churches, including her current role as Acting Youth Minister at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Coker, of which they are members.

As the mother of twin girls, Jackson learned leadership skills as president of the Montgomery Multiples Club for more than five years. She understands that the willingness to serve and to “step out of our comfort zone” is essential to Christian service.

“I think the best training is just to get in there, teach, and do your job,” she said. “And I had wonderful mentors. I had many older women who had more ministry experience who helped me overcome obstacles.

60th anniversary meeting

The AABS will celebrate its 60th anniversary at its annual conference, scheduled for March 5-8 at Shocco Springs in Talladega. Rita Sweatt will be the guest speaker. It will focus on the story of Hagar, who was rejected and felt unloved and unappreciated, but God saw and heard her.

“I think the majority of ministerial servants have been there and felt that at some point in their ministry,” Jackson said, “and we have to remember that God still sees us and cares for us too. we do for the Lord is important!”

“We are thrilled with the encouragement and refreshing renewal that Rita will bring us from the word of God!”

For more information on the AABS conference, visit alabmabaptistssecretaries.com. For membership information, email [email protected] You can also find the group on Facebook.