Palm Coast United Methodist Church welcomed a new senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Kevin James Sr., to the pulpit July 1.
James came from the Palma Ceia United Methodist Church, in Tampa, where he has served for the past seven years.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in religion and philosophy with a minor in sociology from Bethune-Cookman University, a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center at Gammon Theological Seminary, in Atlanta, and received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Bethune-Cookman.
In 1998, James was the first African-American to serve as district superintendent of the St. Petersburg District and the youngest district superintendent appointed in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He has served United Methodist churches in Palatka and Daytona Beach; he was campus minister at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee; and he was chaplain for Bethune-Cookman University. Over the years, he has won recognition and numerous awards in the ministry. He recently completed a year-long preaching study at Duke University Divinity School and will be publishing his first book, “Guess Who’s Coming to Church: The Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural Experience,” this month.
James is an avid fan of all sports and has coached YMCA basketball. He is married to the former Linda Gail Wilson, of Daytona Beach, a graduate of Florida A&M and a 29-year veteran of the Department of Children and Families. They are the proud parents of two young adults, Britanny Michelle, a graduate of Florida A&M, and Kevin Jr., a junior at Bethune-Cookman University.