Dallas Megachurch Pastor Resigns as Leader of Rainbow PUSH Coalition

DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF News ) – Months after accepting the position, the Dallas megachurch pastor who became the president and CEO of Reverend Jess Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition is resigning.

The Coalition officially handed over the leadership reigns to Reverend Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes III as Reverend Jesse Jackson transitioned to emeritus status.

He released a statement announcing his sudden resignation:

“After continual prayer and deliberation, I have decided to step down from the position of Chief Executive Officer and President of Rainbow Push Coalition (RPC), effective immediately.
I remain committed to honoring the rich history of RPC and the legacy of its esteemed leader, the incomparable Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., and, most significantly, to the calling and pursuit of social justice.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all who have expressed their support since my appointment in July of last year.
Rest assured that my work in the fight for liberation and freedom continues.”

Reverend Haynes, who’s lead the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas for more than 40 years, was sworn in as CEO of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition on February 1.

He’d replaced 82-year-old Reverend Jackson who announced he was stepping aside due to health issues. Jackson founded the civil rights and social justice organization in 1971.

In the wake of Haynes’ decision to step down, Reverend Jackson’s son, Yusef Jackson, will continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer.