Valerie L. Jackson is the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist of Aurora, Colorado and one of the first non – faculty Academic Advisors at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She is the Founder/CEO of Triple Threat Ministries, LLC, a ministry that is designed to educate, empower and equip women and young ladies to transcend oppressive traditional and societal limitations to maximize their potential, fulfill their purpose and live their dreams. Valerie also serves the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church and the metro Denver community via the Commission on The Status and Role of Women, The Ethical Education Task Force, The District Superintendency Committee, and Colorado’s Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Iliff School of Theology with research in Homiletics, Womanist Theology and Black Church Studies. Her thesis title: A Critical Analysis of Preaching in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated: The Socio-Cultural and Existential Reality of Women. In addition, she has a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the United Methodist Church, Valerie became the 1st woman licensed to preach and the 1st full time Director of Christian Education at the Beulah Grove Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia; and she is the co–author with Rev. Dr. Sam Davis of a very practical book in Christian Education entitled “Building Capacity to Build the Kingdom: Shaping the Church through Christian Education”.