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James's church

Enon Chapel
Midway Park North Carolina , 28544

About James
  • Education: BA in Music Education Gardner-Webb College (grauated 1978) MDiv Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (graduated 1996) DMin in Evangelism and Church Growth The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (projected graduation 2007)
  • Experience: Pastor of Enon Chapel Baptist Church since June 3, 1987.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Give God the glory for what you find that is good and give me the blame for the rest.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: A friend invited me to hear Rick Careno preach at a youth rally at her church when I was sixteen. Although I don’t remember a lot of detail about that sermon, I still remember a verse he shared during the message: "God demonstrated His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8 That verse whirled in my mind for three days until God convicted me of my sin and my need for Him. I am still grateful to God, my friend and Rick Careno for that lifechanging encounter.
  • Family: Rebecca Skipper Kelley has been my wife and best friend since June 3, 1978. We have three children: Joshua, Sarah and Benjamin.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: If they were still alive, they would probably still call me a turncoat for deserting the Methodist church of my youth.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Against any logical explanation, she is my biggest fan. She even finds something good to say when I really blow it.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Every message should have at least one point...otherwise they are pointless!
  • Books that have had an impact: The Soul Winner - Charles H. Spurgeon, The Normal Christian Life - Watchman Nee, and The Barbarian Way - Erwin McManus
  • Hobbies: Reading and golf
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: A five year old got loose from his parents (why they didn’t make a dash for him I don’t know) and made his way up on the platform while I was speaking (he knew me well). I kept on with the message as I took him by the hand and walked him back to his parents.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Well done, My good and faithful servant.
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