Rev. Dr. Jacky Gatliff was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. The ministry of Young Life drew her into a relationship with Jesus Christ while in high school. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where she recently earned the Doctor of Ministry degree. Her course of study focused on “Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders.”
For six years, Jacky worked for Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she served first as a chaplain and then as Director for Grief Support Services. While at Arbor, she developed curriculum for a variety of grief support groups. She created and led workshops to equip clergy to meet the end of life needs of members of their congregations. Her greatest joy during her years there was developing Camp BraveHeart, a weekend camp for families that had experienced the death of a family member. While on the adjunct faculty for Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, Jacky taught hospice education to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Jacky served as the national Director of Women in Ministry for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church for more than seven years. In that role she trained, equipped and supported women ministry leaders through the leadership initiative, “REAL Training.” She also worked to educate and engage women in EPC churches to fight human trafficking. Jacky implemented the “Set Free” project that engaged women to direct their resources and give their attention to the restoration of women who have been trafficked through projects in Albania, Cambodia and Asheville, NC.
Jacky has served as an associate pastor at Stanwich Church since 2012. She is passionate about connecting individuals to God’s kingdom work both inside and outside the church and seeing individuals experience and embrace God’s work of transformation in their lives.
Jacky is married to Mike who is an ordained pastor. They have served churches in Charlotte, NC; Peterborough, NH; Hamilton, MA; Northville, MI and Memphis, TN. They are enjoying this season as they learn to be in-laws and grandparents.