REVEREND JAMES T. WORTHY, Ph.D-Candidate
PASTOR - TEACHER
527 East Thomas Street     Post Office Box 2323
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27802
252-442-2318
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Itinerary

OUR PASTOR
REVEREND DR. JAMES T. WORTHY, D.Div.​, Ph.D-Candidate


The Reverend Dr. James Todd Worthy is a native of Charlotte, NC; the husband of the former Minister Felicia McCoy of Philadelphia, PA, proud father of two daughters, and grandfather of one. 

This second generation preacher-pastor was educated in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public School System, and holds the following degrees:
Associate of Arts in Religious Education, Sugar Creek Road School of Religion in Charlotte, NC. 
Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies (Summa Cum Laude), Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, GA,
Master of Theology Degree (Cum Laude), Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, GA
Doctor of Divinity (Honorary), St. Thomas Christian University, Jacksonville FL
A continual lover of learning, Pastor Worthy is presenting pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pastoral Ministry.

In November 1991, Pastor Worthy delivered his initial sermon and received his pulpit license from the Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC. He was ordained by the Lane Creek Missionary Baptist Association, October 1993, and has been blessed by GOD to proclaim His gospel for nearly three decades.
 
As the 11th pastor of St. James, our church continues its long-standing history of progress and productivity to its city and community at large. Operating under the mantle “Moving Forward,” a physical, spiritual, administrative, and technological transformation has produced tremendous growth and progress. 

Under his leadership, our church's active membership has nearly quadrupled, with a congregation that spans 7 generations.  St. James holds four weekly interactive Bible Studies (with one especially designed for Youth and another geared toward missions and evangelism training), a New Members Orientation program, a weekly television & radio broadcast, a Music & Cultural Arts Ministry, a Media and Technology Ministry, instituted a Public Relations Ministry, and expanded the Transportation Ministry to now include a vehicle to transport the physically disabled to and from worship services.  After a personal health scare in 2014, Pastor Worthy led us to see the importance of health and wellness as a part of his vision of wholistic ministry, and initiated a Health & Wellness Ministry (noted as one of the first among area churches/faith-based organizations), which is presently considered to be model to churches nationally by community partners.  In 2015, Pastor introduced Church in Community Day, a annual network gathering of church family, community leaders, residents, and local community service agencies in one location.  A house adjacent to church now serves as the St. James Missions and Outreach Center as missions, outreach, and evangelism continue to be the central focus of the church's vision and Pastor’s vision, of which the Lord has added to the church, in every capacity, as He sees fit.

In 2016, Pastor Worthy led the St. James Family to “revive, renew, repair, and restore” its present facilities, in an effort to maintain the beauty of our historic Gothic style church, while ensuring the longevity of all church present properties, and will soon lead St. James to embark on the vision of erecting a Family Life Center on church campus for further community outreach services.

Supporting a mutual desire to encourage and empower today’s youth, upon his arrival Pastor Worthy led St. James to become a faith-based partner with Down East Partnership for Children in Rocky Mount, and provided emotional and educational support to the staff and students to O.R. Pope Elementary School.  Upon the closure of the Pope School, this effort was expanded from one to currently three area schools.. In commitment to his call to ministry “beyond the four walls”, St. James now holds a bi-monthly worship experience with the residents of the Hunter Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  

In addition to his demand locally and nationally as a preacher, teacher, and musician, Pastor serves as Parliamantarian of the Neuse River Missionary Baptist Association; a fellowship of 65 churches throughout Eastern North Carolina, member of the General Board of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Chairman of Steering Committee for Project G.R.A.C.E ., a community-based participatory research (CBPR) collaboration between community members in rural Eastern North Carolina and researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a faith based facilitator for All Pro Dads , a national mentoring program that equips men to be ideal fathers and role models to the children in their lives.  A published author, Pastor nationally released his first book, When the Saints go to Worship   in March 2010, and has been a featured writer for a variety of local and national periodicals.  In his attempt to be a source of inspiration to the next generation of preachers/pastors, Pastor Worthy currently hosts the "Dear Young Preacher Mentoring Talk" each week on Facebook Live, and has initiated "Preachers in Prayer" on Sunday mornings, allowing an opportunity for ministers to engage and encourage each other before their respective worship services.  In the midst of his demanding ministry and community schedule, Worthy also is the CEO/Chief Consultant of Third Eye Designs & Printing. 

Pastor Worthy has received numerous commendations from various branches of religious, civic, and government leadership, and was named by Gospel Today Magazine as one of “America’s Most Loved Pastors” in 2010.  He seeks daily to yield himself to GOD, striving to pattern his life after the words of Proverbs 3:5-6:  "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways, acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."