Pastor Jackie and his wife Tammy Thomison assumed their roles as the new head pastors of the First Assembly of God church Sunday morning. The pair were unanimously voted in and blessed with a potluck dinner and the prayers of the congregation and the Austin area Presbyter Kenneth Womack the previous Sunday.
The Thomisons hail from Burnet where Jackie works as a chaplain for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TDCJ, in Burnet and his wife works in Cedar Park as a Court Clerk for Williamson County.
They have three grown children and two grandchildren. The oldest is Jeremy, who lives in Hutto with his wife, Jessica and two kids, Jeremy, 3, and Julianna, 10 months. He works as a Juvenile Probation Officer, and his wife works for the Texas Baptist Children’s Home.
Middle child Angela is a nurse at Arlington Memorial Hospital, and her husband, Darnell, is a pilot for American Eagle. Jackie III is the youngest Thomison child, and he and his wife, Misty, reside in Fort Worth, where he is a mechanical engineer and she is a structural engineer.
The Thomisons pastored their first church in 1975 in Elgin, when he was 21 years old, and they were there about one year. He then earned a Degree in Missions from Southwestern University in Waxahachie before starting Evangel Assembly of God in Round Rock in 1978. They were pastors there for eleven years, then started a church in Forney, Texas, pastoring there three and a half years.
Tammy Thomison worked for Prison Fellowship Ministries for 18 years and Pastor Jackie began to volunteer as a Prison Fellowship seminar instructor in 1989 which led him into prison ministry. He then became a Chaplain for the Glossbrenner Unit in San Diego, Texas and worked there for nine months until being transferred to the Halbert Unit in Burnet in 1995. He has been at that unit working as a chaplain for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TDCJ, ever since.
They were curious about the opportunity to pastor the Blanco church and decided to check on it with some degree of anonymity. They were placed on the schedule as a guest speaker.
“We visited and spoke at the church recently and didn’t tell anyone why we were there,” Pastor Thomison said. “We looked at each other and it was an instant revelation that this is where we’re supposed to be at this time. We want to help the church and see it become a vital part of the community.”
“Our vision for Blanco is to reach out to people who are hurting,” Pastor Thomison said. “We live in a difficult time, where sometimes we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. My desire is that I want people to have hope, to know that there will be a better day. I want this church to be a place for healing, a place for restoration, a place for encouragement to make it in this world.”
He said they believe the church should and will serve the entire area, not just Blanco, but Johnson City, Bulverde and surrounding areas. Pastor Thomison appointed Pastor Brett and Karla Holley Associate Pastors to share in leadership responsibilities.
The Holleys have been serving as Childrens’ Pastors for about four years. Holley was certified as a pastor with the Assemblies of God in September 2007 and have been serving as interim pastors since the former pastors, James and Darla Graf, resigned in November. The Holleys have two children, Amy, 12, and Jacob, 10. They reside in Johnson City, and the children are home schooled
“We’re blessed to have him. We’re excited about his vision and his ideas, “ the Holleys said. “We’re excited about where he’s going to take the church.”
Thomison said he is very optimistic about what God is planning to do in and through the church.
“God’s going to put special people a special place,” he said. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but it’s going to be good. God will make a good, strong church in the area.”