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James Goforth, Jr.

Contributor since: May 1, 2006
Denomination: Baptist

James's church

New Life Baptist Church

Florissant Missouri , 63031

About James Goforth, Jr.

Education: Jim graduated from The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Minor in Religion. He received extensive training in Leadership and Vision Development through a 2 Year Program (1997/1998) "Leader’s Edge", developed by The Union Baptist Association in Houston Texas. Pastor Jim was also awarded a Bachelor of Biblical Studies in December 2003 and a Master of Biblical Studies in March of 2005 from the United Theological Seminary, St. Louis Extention.

Comment to those looking at my sermons: Come to the Word of God recognizing it as a Person, Jesus, not a collection of words. Come to the Word believing that it is true. Come to the Word expecting God to Speak. Come to the Word willing to adjust my life to match the truth of the Word of God. That’s how I approach the text and how I preach The Word exalts Jesus, is meant to be be believed and Obeyed If I’ve encouraged you in anyway, glory to God

Family: Wife Lisa; married in 1985; is a school teacher of 22 years Sons AJ(88) and Bryan(92) are both fine young men called to ministry As a family we love sports and being outdoors as well as movies and other recreation

Best advice given to me about preaching: If you can do anything else and the Lord will Let you ... DO it :); Preach the Word. Preach Exposition and the Word will take care of most topics and be contemporary and relevant. You are NOT the Holy Spirit so don’t try to be (game myself that advise)

Books that have had an impact: Leading Congregational Change by Jim Herrington; The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard; A Knock at Midnight (Sermons of ML King Jr); Leading Change by John Kotter; Deep Change by Robert Quinn; Built to Last by James Collings.

Hobbies: Jim is an accomplished musician and songwriter and has recorded 3 custom albums. Outside of the pulpit, Pastor Jim loves most every kind of sport. He is especially devoted to golf, having served 2 years as a Teaching Professional in Houston. Jim has coached 25+ little league soccer and baseball teams as well as working with juniors in golf. He also enjoys writing devotional materials, reading both fiction and non-fiction and is a student of history.

What I want on my tombstone: All I Ever Wanted was to be a groom, to be a Dad, and to hear my Father say