Bro. James has been the pastor at FBC DeKalb since January 2013. James is from Hooks, TX, and has served in churches in Texas & Arkansas since 1999. James has a bachelors degree from Texas A&M University, Texarkana, and a Master's Degree from Liberty Theological Seminary in Lychburg, VA. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Mindy who is a teacher at DeKalb ISD, and together they have three children: Whitt (12), Presley (7), and Harper (3)
Facts & Favorites:
Hobbies: Playing and watching sports with my kids, Going on family vacations,
Favorite place on Earth: Latitude: N 28.53806 Longitude: W 81.37944
What I wanted to be when I was a kid: I wanted to be the Governor of Texas
Favorite Book of the Bible: Jude
Favorite Bible Story: Elijah and the priests of Baal
Favorite parable of Christ: The Prodigal Son
What kind of music I listen to: I was raised on CCR, ELO, and other classic Rock, now I listen to everything from Sinatra to KB
Favorite Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Dark Knight Trilogy, the Great Escape, the Adventures of Robin Hood(Errol Flynn version)
Heroes: The apostle Peter, my Grandfathers, Indiana Jones, & Jesus
Last 3 Books Read: The Great Evangelical Recession by John Dickerson, The Potter's Promise by Leighton Flowers, and Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Minister of Music
Bro. Russell has been the Music Minister at FBC DeKlb since May 2007. He likes to say he is from “all over Texas” since he moved frequently during his childhood, from Houston to Lubbock, from Pecos to Paris. Russell has served on staff in several churches in the north east Texas area for over 24 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in counseling from Texas A&M, Commerce Tx. Singing in his church youth group is where he believes God first started working on him to be in ministry. Russell is married to Connie, who he says is “his best friend, great cook and way above what I deserve”.
Facts and Favorites:
Hobbies: Golf, and . . . . dreaming about other hobbies.
Favorite place on Earth: 37 50’57.00N 106 55’35.16W
Favorite Bible Story: Nehemiah. I love the story of how Nehemiah, when he heard about the terrible shape that Jerusalem was in, left comfort and position to go and lead the people to rebuild the walls around the city. It took every man and woman, and in 52 days it was completed. With God and a faithful servant, the impossible became possible.
Favorite Book of the Bible: Job -- He never quit believing in God and His plan, even though nothing in his life was making sense.
Favorite parable of Christ: The Tortoise and the Hare . . . . No . . . Waite . . . wrong book! Just kidding. I would say it is the “The Great Banquet” in Luke 14:15-24. God doesn’t just want us to be with Him, He has sent His followers to compel people to come and join Him. Go read it, if you have already, read it again. God has a great desire to have each of us be a part of His great Banquet.
What kind of music I listen to: Most of what I listen to is choir and worship music. But I will listen to most any kind just to know what is out there, and what others are hearing. I have a weak spot for old rock and roll, it was what my oldest brother would be playing while he drove me and my other brother around.
Favorite movie: Ok . . . what do I put here? I can show how I like “stupid humor” as Connie calls it, or I can put the “church answer”??? Let’s just put it out there and say I have several: “Uncle Buck” . . . how do you not laugh at a guy that asks if you have a good plunger in the house because he’s eaten a lot of cheese lately, that’s just funny. Then there is “Apollo 13” . . . what truly seemed to be a bucket of bolts gone wrong, and still they made it back to earth.
Last 3 books": “Think Orange” by Reggie Joiner, “To Know You More” by Andy Park, “Essential Church” by Thom & Sam Reiner.
Heroes growing up: Indiana Jones, a cool hat, a whip and fast thinking, this guy was great! My Dad, he was a Texas State Trooper. I got to ride in his car sometimes. He worked hard, many times had a second job. Taught me about basic car care and repair, carpentry and what it meant to treat others with respect. We never thought that going to church was an option, we knew that each Sunday he expected us up and ready. J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet would be playing in the living room, one of my Dads favorite albums. He is still the best man I know.