In a rural farming town in southern Missouri, Verdell Jackson was a respected minister at the Pentecostal church. He was a self-taught theologian, and he and his wife worked hard to serve the needs of the parishioners and community. They prayed that their children would see the value of faith and commitment to service. They accomplished their mission. Both their sons, Thomas and David, grew up to be Pentecostal ministers and have committed their lives to service.