Vincent E. James, Sr. began his journey with Christ at an early age and grew as a child in the Lampton Baptist Church. He graduated from the Jefferson County Public School System and continued his education at the University of Louisville, obtaining a degree in Finance. Following graduation, he attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
At the age of 21, while at the University of Louisville, Vincent acknowledged his call to the preaching ministry and became a licensed Minister of the Gospel. Also during this time, another blessing came Rev. James’s way, in the person of Jo Ann Childs. They met and married and have enjoyed 23 years together. Three grown children complete their union, Joey, Vincent Jr., and Carol.
Pastor was on the fast track in his career with the General Electric Company when God called him to move from Licensed Minister to Pastor. In November of 1995, Rev. James became a bi-vocational Pastor of the Elim Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Three years later, God called the James Family to another Abraham transition, leaving the security of a lucrative career to commit to the full-time pastorate. Elim is truly an oasis in the desert, and under the leadership of Pastor James, the church is growing both in spiritual maturity and membership. Pastor and Lady James have been faithful servant leaders at Elim for 16 years. He leads the congregation through compelling and challenging messages, encouraging and edifying the people to commit to the mission that “every member be a maturing member,” excited about salvation and motivated to share the Gospel.
Pastor James has used his business experience, covered by the Holy Spirit, to develop a powerful Leadership Team to engage the congregation, community and city in activities that support their spiritual growth and utilize their gifts and talents. God is definitely doing a new thing at Elim. Elim’s Vision is to be “a Christian oasis within the community that transforms the community.” The church mission is to “make disciples to make a difference.”
Pastor James is a child of God, saved and passionate about Jesus Christ and His service. Through it all, with an Abraham spirit, Pastor Vincent E. James, Sr., is moving, “on tiptoes of anticipation, expecting God to do something awesome in the lives of His people through the power of Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.”