The Rev. Jack C. Washington will be the featured speaker for Claflin University’s annual Homecoming Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel.
Washington is pastor at I. DeQuincey Newman UMC in Columbia. He is a native of Berkeley County in St. Stephen, S.C. and a graduate of Russellville High School. Washington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and philosophy at Claflin University and his Master of Divinity degree in missiology at Gammon Theological Seminary (ITC) in Atlanta.
Washington has an extensive educational background in the theology of mission. His ministerial passion and leadership provided him opportunities to serve churches at the local, jurisdictional, and general levels of The United Methodist Church. Washington held leadership positions in the S.C. Conference for 44 years, including 15 years as associate director for managing the mission/outreach area.
Among UMC churches Washington pastored were: St. Jude, St. James, and Murrells Inlet in Charleston. He also served at Edisto Fork Parish in Orangeburg, and Mount Zion in Kingstree.
Washington retired from active pastoral duties in June, 2012. However, he was appointed a retired supply pastor in 2013 at I. DeQuincey UMC in Columbia. He was appointed pastor in July 2015 of Canaan – Sand Hill Charge in Ridgeville. Washington returned to his present position in June 2016 at I. Dequincey Newman UMC.
Washington is a dedicated social justice advocate and he was a member of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Ministry Network Group for churches with small membership for 21 years. He also traveled to Western Europe and Africa as a representative of The United Methodist Church.
His first trip to Zimbabwe, Africa was April 1994 to witness the consecration service and official opening of Africa University. His second trip was November 2002 when he participated in the dedication service of the Faculty House of the Theology Building, built and paid for by S.C. Conference.
Washington is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and Prince Hall Free and Accepted Mason, St. John Lodge # 349, Pineville. He is married to Mrs. Johanna Anderson Washington of Cross, and he is the father of five adult children and ten grandchildren.