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Our Vision

At St. James, we will build divine people of purpose; developing them into champions of change for the Kingdom of God to win souls for Jesus Christ.

Our Mission

We will develop and enable people to grow into complete followers of Christ through the teaching of God’s Word, authentic worship and wholesome fellowship.

Our History

St. James Missionary Baptist Church is nestled in the heart of Fayetteville, AR. St. James has been telling its story since 1865. Its story began with Squire Jehagen.

After he was freed from slavery, Jehagen became a Baptist preacher and later organized a church for Negroes. The name of the church comes from a man named James, who gave the land on which the historic church sits today.

In the 1920s, pastor J.W. Webb began a campaign to raise money to build a new church, it was completed in 1922, and the membership was estimated at 40 members during that period of the church’s history. The church was burned twice during its history, in the 1920s and 1960s, both times, the fires were results of arson. The second building was on Willow Avenue, and in 2009 the church moved into its current building located at 764 W. North Street, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

God anointed and sent strong leadership to lead, guide and direct St. James; without this leadership, we would not be celebrating 186 years. Over the course of the years we have been led by: Rev. Mahan, Rev. Wilson, Rev. Tugle and Rev. C.L. Netherland, Rev. J.W. Webb, Rev. Thomas, Rev. G.E. Wright, Rev. M.G. Edmondson, Rev. W.M. Murry, Rev. Chester A. Woods, Rev. Jeremiah L. Thompson, Rev. Tommy Moton, Rev. J.A. Hawkins Sr. and our current shepherd Pastor Curtiss P. Smith installed on April 28, 2007.

These men ordained ministers, deacons, and appointed trustees. Baptist Training Union (BTU), Ushers (BTU) started with Rev. M.G. Edmondson through Rev. J.L.Thompson (Ushers started with Rev. W.M. Murray).

They also listened to the virtuous women in the church who led Sunday School and Mission.

The pastors, along with the leadership and St. James family, started spirit-filled programs to ensure not only church growth but also the growth of the community. Programs consisted of Baptist Training Union, Ushers, Vacation Bible School, Mission, choirs for all ages, deaconess, Youth Programs, and instituted scholarships to educate our youth, such as the J Aaron Hawkins Memorial Assistance Fund. They established the Brotherhood Club to draw more men to Christ, the Emergency Outreach Program, Deacon’s Family Ministry, and Senior’s Day.

St. James Missionary Baptist Church has a long history of community involvement and the fight for civil rights. During the early days of the desegregation of the University of Arkansas, church members provided housing for black students when they were not allowed to live in the dormitories on campus. The church was the first in Fayetteville to offer an integrated Vacation Bible School in the 1940s. In the 1990’s the church created the Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Council with the leaders of Dr. J. Aaron Hawkins Sr., Dr. John L Colbert, (previous) First Lady Edith Hawkins, Sis. Earnestine Gibson, and Bro. Corey Cullins to highlight the work of Dr. King. The church continues to serve the community by feeding an average of 2,600 per month, assisting with monthly bill payments for hundreds of people a year, and assisting with long-term success planning to bridge gaps to growth.

In 1920 St. James’ membership was 40.

Today there is a membership of over 1,200 in person and reaching an online presence domestically and internationally.

God has truly blessed St. James. Our church history is also built on the spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship, individual and corporate fasting, reading the Word daily, silence and solitude, but most of all, doing the will of God.

Our Beliefs

The Scriptures

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is inerrant in the original writings. The Bible is the revealed Word of God; the ground and foundation from which all claims of truth are substantiated. Through the sovereign hand of God, the scriptures have been preserved and have supreme and final authority.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)


We believe that there is only one true and living God existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each is a distinct Person, but having the same nature, perfection and attributes.

(Genesis 1:1-3, 26; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; John 1:1,14; 10:30; 14:26; 15:26)

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; the only begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, shed his blood on Calvary in our place, was buried, rose again and ascended to the right hand of the Father according to the scriptures.

(Luke 1:26-33; 22:20; 24:46)

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, God and co-existent with the Father and Son. The Holy Spirit is the Chief Agent in the regeneration of the soul, convicts of sin, and comforts the believer. The Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body of Christ and is the giver of ALL spiritual gifts.

(Matthew 3:11; John 16:1-13; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 1:13-14; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11)


We believe that man is the direct creation of God – body, soul and spirit. Therefore, man is not in any way a result of evolution, but is created in God’s image. The sin and fall of Adam resulted in the fall of creation and humanity both spiritually and physically.

(Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10; 5:12; 8:18-23)


We believe that all who, in faith, receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of the living God. Salvation involves redemption, regeneration, sanctification and glorification.

(John 17:16-22; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 1:13-14; 21-22)


We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other and the marriage ceremony of a man and woman is an act of Christian worship. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

(Genesis 2:22-24, Proverbs 5:18-19, Proverbs 12:4, Proverbs 18:22, Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Corinthians 7:1-16, Hebrews 13:4-7, Mark 10:6-9 )

Eternal Security

We believe that salvation is not only a gift from God but is sustained by Him as well. Salvation is wholly of the Lord, apart from the works of man. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells the true believer and seals him in salvation for eternity. Therefore, the believer shall be kept by the power of God through faith.

(John 3:16; 10:27-29; 14:16-17, 26; Ephesians 1:13; 2:8-9; Phillipians 1:6; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24-25)


Dr. Derrick A. Gray

Chairperson Board of Trustees

Rev. Angela Mosely-Monts- Director of Ministers and Ministry Alliance Liason

Rev. Dr. Angela Mosely-Monts

Director of Ministerial Training

Sis. Mary Greene

Director of Community Fellowships and Hospitality

Deacon Will Tippins

Chairman of Deacons

Deacon Sam Barnes- Director Christian Education

Deacon Sam Barnes

Director Pathways

Bro. Donell Cunningham

Director Media

Min. Monique Jones

Director of Outreach

Sis. Patrice Storey

Social Media Ministry Leader

Min. Adrienne Gaines-Gateway To Hope College Ministry Leader

Rev. Adrienne Gaines

Gateway To Hope College Ministry Leader

Sis. Tina Floyd- S.P.L.A.S.H Singles Ministry Leader

Sis. Tina Floyd

Media Shout Ministry Leader

Sis. Edwina Hancock- L.E.G.E.N.D.S Senior Ministry leader

Sis. Edwina Hancock

L.E.G.E.N.D.S Senior Ministry

Min. Roosevelt McClendon-Transportation Ministry leader

Min. Roosevelt McClendon

Transportation Ministry Leader

Sis. Beatrice Floyd

S.M.I.L.E Greeters Ministry Leader

Rev. Henry Smith

New Converts Leader

Rev. Ornette Gaines

Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Ministry Leader

Sis. Maxine Hutchens-Administrative Assistant to Senior Pastor-Reception

Sis. Maxine Hutchens

Livestream Production Leader

Deacon Raymond House- Chairman of Deacons

Deacon Raymond House

Drama Raymond House

Bro. William Smith

Leader Bro. William Smith

Deacon Allen and Sis. Melody Morris

New Member Leader

Sis. Deborah Bradford

New Converts Leader

Sis. Tiffany Daniels

Sis. Tiffany Daniels

B.R.I.D.G.E Leader


Leader Culinary



Sis. Lindsey Leverett-Higgins

Ministry Leader for Liturgical Dance

Bro. Martin Means

Usher Ministry Leader

We Love Our Members

Deacon Kary Collier

Sis. Helena Gadison

Bro. Xavier Smith

Sis. Katherine C. Williams

Taylor Davis

Alexcia Campbell

Braelon Palmer

Thomas M. Caston

Aaliyah Nicholson

Adriana Masterson

Sydni Jean Adams

Desmond Gray

Jonathan Andrew Gadison

Alexis Fletcher

Caleb Henry

Collin Tims

Sis. Beatrice Floyd

Thank you Sis. Regina French

Sis. Mary Fletcher

Sis. Apryl Okoroafor

Deacon Will Tippins

Sis. Patrice Storey

Bro. Donell Cunningham

Sis. Mary Greene

Watchnight Serivces

Sis. Beverly Keown

Dr. Derrick Gray, MD

Sis. Dorothy Marcy, M. Ed, LPC

Bro. Michael Day

Min. Roosevelt McClendon

Sis. Regina Henry

Ellease Crumpton

Sis. Linda Ward

Sis. Fre Breathitt

Bro. Ian Masterson

Sis. Vivian Walton