Get to Know Pastor Dean Jackson

Posted on March 22, 2018

Pastor Dean Jackson

Former Pastor of the Rock Canyon Assembly of God and Provo City Police Chaplain Dean Jackson will be leading the Saturday Morning Devotional on March 30th, 2019 at the EternalCore.org Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Little America Hotel

Dean L. Jackson has more than 30 years of experience working in both the non-profit world and Law Enforcement. He has an extensive list of credentials and thousands of hours of experience in Critical Incident Stress Management and Death Notification.

Dean has debriefed first responders after numerous critical incidents including fatal accidents, suicides, officer-involved shootings, homicides, sexual assaults, equivocal deaths and officer deaths. He has personally performed hundreds of Death Notifications.

Dean is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Cold Case Foundation, Lead Consultant at the JCG, a member of the Utah Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team, an accredited instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and a frequent guest lecturer at universities, law enforcement and fire agencies, victim assistant units, and state Peace Officer Standards Training (POST).  Dean recently completed his first book: Death Notifications, Delivering an Offensive Message in the least Offensive Manner.

The Non-Profit Executive

As an executive in the non-profit world, Dean has served as the Chairman of the Board for The Hope Alliance; Chairman of the Community Dispute Resolution Services Board of Directors; Chairman of the Provo Youth Services Board; Chairman of the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center Provo Community Outreach Council; Event Chairman for America’s Freedom Festival; and Chairman of the Group Study Exchange program for Rotary District.

Dean served as a member on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Utah County United Way Executive Board; Co-Chairman Utah Valley State College Community-Relations Council; member of the SLOC 2002 Winter Olympics Interfaith Roundtable; Advisory and Board member for the Community Mediation Center; member of the Utah County Domestic Violence Coalition; Executive Board of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and the IHC Urban South Region Board Community Outreach Committee. Dean has also had numerous committee appointments as well as serving on the Provo, Utah Mayor’s Transition Team.

Rotary International

Additionally, Dean has is a member of the Provo Rotary club and has served on the Club Board of Directors and as the Club’s Centennial President.  He has also served as Administrative Assistant for the Host Organization Committee for the 2007 Rotary International Convention, and Chairman of the Zone Breakfast at the 2008 Rotary International Convention.  He is the Past District Governor from  2007-2008.  In 2011 Dean served as Zone Aide to President Sakuji Tanaka and this year as Aide to Director Takeshi Matsumiya at the Hawaii Peace Forum.

Dean has an ongoing relationship with Japan. Following the tsunami in 2010, he worked tirelessly with friends and colleagues to provide both CISM training and materials, as well as support towards the disaster relief and rebuilding.

Awards & Accolades
Dean has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Medal for Outstanding Service, The Beyond Excellence, the Special Award of Merit, the 2002 Provo Mayor’s Award in the Humanities, the IHC Beacon of Hope Award, and Rotary International’s Four Avenues of Service Citation. In 2004 Dean received the Utah International Association of Business Communicators and the Utah Public Relations Society of America’s Communicator of the Year Award.
Everyday Life
Dean remains active in Asia while continuing to serve as a member of a School District Community Emergency Response Team and the Utah Critical Incident Management Team, and Chaplain for the Provo Police Department. He runs a cross-cultural consulting firm which focuses on cultural pathfinding, community building skills, and community program development.  Dean is also a certified mediator with the State of Utah.  He continues to provide training for law enforcement and government agencies on stress management, death notifications, and relationships.