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January 23, 2014
By Leigh Pritchett
First Baptist Church, Tillman’s Corner
Mobile Baptist Association
Favorite Verses: Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 33:3
Favorite Hymn: “He Touched Me”
Hobbies: Watching or attending Ole Miss football games
Family Status: Married for 46 years to Toby; three children, Jimmy, Chris and Amanda; and seven grandchildren
James Messer, 68, has been in the ministry for 49 years. For 20 years he was a pastor in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, where he served at First Baptist Church, Creola, and First Baptist Church, St. Elmo, both in Mobile Baptist Association. For the last 29 years, he has been a full-time evangelist. He has preached in more than 1,000 revivals in the Southeast, Alaska and India. His ministry, JEM Ministries (www.jamesmesser.com), also has sponsored 50 Bible conferences throughout the Southeast. He is president of the Alabama Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, serving the second time in four years.
Q: What influences in your life pointed you to the ministry?
A: The death of my father. My father wasn’t a Christian. I became a Christian at 13. He died when I was 17. The fact that I never knew for sure about his faith in Christ led me to make certain that others heard the gospel of Christ. It breaks my heart that, if he’s not in heaven, it’s my fault.
Q: When and how were you led into the ministry?
A: I really knew before my dad died that I was called to preach. He asked me to stay there and help him until the family was back on our feet. He died about two weeks later.
Q: What does your ministry demand?
A: It demands a lot of prayer, a lot of Bible study, a lot of practicing what you say and study about, of loving God and loving people and thus trying to bring them together.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: My family is very supportive. They support me by being willing to sacrifice their time with me so that I can do what God has called me to do. They serve the Jesus that I serve.
Q: What do you get from the ministry?
A: Real joy, real peace, real confidence that my future is going to be much better than my past because of grace and faith.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in this ministry in the future?
A: I’m going to try to keep on until Jesus comes or He takes me home.
Q: What difference will this ministry make for you in the future?
A: I hope that I will mature in my ministry and be pleasing to my Master Jesus.
Q: What difference has Jesus Christ made in your life?
A: Everything, all things. Without Him, I wouldn’t be talking to you.