Pastor & Staff



Rev. Jackson is a well-known pastor within the Rochester community with over a decade of experience in ministry.  Before coming to UCP, Rev. Jackson served as Pastor at Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church and Chaplain of St. John’s Home in Rochester. His previous pastorships included Salem United Church of Christ, East Aurora Christian Church, and Genesee Baptist Church.

Earlier in his career he worked at the Naples Daily News,  Xerox Corporation, Action for a Better Community, Wilson Commencement Park, AIDS Care, the Housing Council, and Lifespan. He is an active volunteer within the community and served as a board member of many organizations including Plymouth Crossroads, United Way Programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alpha Phi Alpha, and the School of the Arts in Rochester. He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  

Rev. Jackson's call to ministry comes from close to home. His father, the Rev. JD Jackson, Sr., was a well-known Baptist pastor in Rochester and nationally, and his grandfather was also a Baptist Pastor. His mother, Mrs. Josetta Jackson, served many years in the Rochester City School District -- and her father was a Methodist Pastor. Rev. Jackson is the proud father of two sons.

Rev. Jackson founded the Rev. J.D. Jackson, Sr. Memorial Foundation, Inc. to honor his late Father. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded five scholarships to local Colgate Rochester Divinity School (CRCDS) Students.

Lilian (Yiou) Li

Organist and Pianist

Lilian is a classically-trained pianist and has won awards as both a performer and teacher. As a musician, her passion lies in engaging her audiences and students - regardless of their background - with the power of music.

Lilian began performing publicly at a young age. At 16, she made her television concerto debut with the Hang Zhou Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has continued her enthusiastic performances to introduce classical music to an even wider range of audiences.

As a dedicated young piano teacher, Li enjoys working with all levels of students in both individual and group settings at Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Community Music School.

Li is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree under the tutelage of Professor Douglas Humphreys at the Eastman School of Music, where she completed both her bachelor’s degree (2017) and master’s (2019) in Piano Performance and Literature. In her spare time, Li loves photography, cooking and running.

Li has played as a substitute pianist at many Rochester local churches, including Open Arm MCC, First Baptist Church of Clifton Springs and St. John’s Episcopal Church. We are honored to have such an accomplished musician join our church community.