The Rev. Ron Jackson and his wife, Karen, started Parson’s Pantry, Inc. in 2005. Parson’s Pantry provides financial assistance to needy pastors, retired pastors, widows of pastors and married ministerial students. To date more than 640 families have been helped by the more than $570,000 donated to the nonprofit. Jackson is the retired pastor of East Gaffney Baptist Church in Gaffney.