We are excited to announce our next Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Ricky James! Ricky’s first Sunday will be June 24th.

Ricky grew up in Hattiesburg. He holds a B.A. from Millsaps College, a M.Div from Duke University, and a Doctorate in Biblical interpretation and proclamation from Emory University. He serves on the Millsaps College Board of Trustees, the Candler School of Theology Alumni Board, and the Board of Directors for Stewpot Community Services. Additionally, he is Chair of the board for the Center for Ministry, and a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry for the Mississippi Annual Conference.

For the past 9 years, Ricky has served as the Senior Pastor of St. Luke’s in the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson. Prior to that, he was Pastor of Evangelism and Young Adults at Christ UMC in Jackson for 3 years.

He is married to Megan, who is an Alumni Affairs Associate at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a National Executive Board Director for Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

They are the proud parents of two beautiful children. Ricky enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and following college sports.