Palm Coast United Methodist Church will celebrate its pastors during its 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 29.
The Rev. Dr. Kevin James Sr. is the senior pastor and the Rev. Theresa Waters is the church’s Congregational Care pastor.
The guest preacher will be the Rev. Edwin Coffie pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Palm Coast. Coffie is James’ college classmate, former co-worker and an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brother.
James has more than 37 years in pastoral ministry.
The senior pastor is a former district superintendent of the St. Petersburg District in the Florida Annual Conference, having been appointed in 1998 and serving until 2005. He was the first African-American in that position.
In 2005, he received a cross-cultural appointment to serve as senior pastor of Palma Ceia United Methodist Church in Tampa. In mid-2012, he received his next appointment, a cross-cultural appointment as pastor of the Palm Coast United Methodist Church.
James has worked at two institutions of higher learning and has spoken at numerous high school and college graduations. His travels include Zimbabwe, Africa; London, England; Hawaii; Nassau, Bahamas; Paris, France; South Korea and the Holy Land.
His writings have been published in the United Methodist Interpreter and the Black College Magazine. His first published book is titled “Guess Who’s Coming to Church: The Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural Experience.’’
He was born in Los Angeles and raised in Daytona Beach. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in religion and philosophy with a minor in sociology from Bethune-Cookman College (now University).
He also earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta and an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Bethune-Cookman. He also completed a preaching study at Duke Divinity School, in Durham, North Carolina.
He and his wife, Linda Gail Wilson-James, are the parents of two young adults and have one grandson. Mrs. James works at Indian Trails Middle School.
The church is located at 5200 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast. Refreshments will be served following the service.
For more information, call the church at 386-445-1600.