'From Prison to Pulpit' is the book which documents the early years of Rev Vic Jackopson. Come and hear him preach at 10:15 on Sunday 25 Nov at Keyworth Baptist Church NG12 5FB
Father died when he was a year old. Mother deserted. Family broken up. Failed fostering experiment. Above average intelligence. One more chance.
Vic was used to probation officers pleading his case in court. He had learnt to take care of himself early on in the orphanage, but years of fighting, stealing and burgling had brought him to the end of the line.
"God if you are there, you've got ten days to change my life and if you haven't done it by them you've copped it."
Vic prayed. God acted. It wasn't always easy from then on, but living by the grace of God rather than by his own fists, Vic found a new inner strength and security. Instead of taking from others he now teaches and lives the new life Christ brings into the hearts of men and women.
Vic has led churches in Wandsworth, Godstone and Southampton - was the British director of Evangelism Explosion - Founder and President of Hope Now Ltd (Defending the weak and fatherless - working extensively in Ukraine) July 1985 to September 2010 - and is the International Director of Our Father's Arms - (setting up homes for individuals in crisis, including addicts, ex-prisoners and orphans).
This picture shows Vic and his late wife Sue, with their daughters Christy and Ruth and adopted son Malcolm in the 70s