Reverend Connell was saved at the age of 12 years old.  In 1974, he married his high school sweetheart, Denise Lovvorn.  He accepted the call into the ministry in June, 1981.  In October 1981, he pastored his first church.  Rev. Jacky Connell has served as Senior Pastor of Eden Westside Baptist Church since July, 1987.

Pastor Connell is a God-called pastor and avid Bible teacher.  He loves preaching and teaching the Word of God.  Under Pastor Connell’s leadership at Eden Westside Baptist Church, the church has grown tremendously.  Reverend Connell is also the founder and director of JC Leadership Specialties.  This is an organization that is dedicated to helping people maximize their personal potential by building on the positive leadership skills they already possess.  He is a challenging and motivational speaker.

Reverend Connell and Denise live in Leeds, Alabama and they have two married daughters and four grandchildren.