Company: Greater St. John Baptist Church
Location: Kilgore, Texas, United States of America
James Bell, Pastor at Greater St. John Baptist Church, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ministry.
What led Pastor Bell was at first his concern for an ill friend, who with God’s help, he was able to bring into the church after a year and a half of attempts. Later, it was a request from his sister that cemented his lifelong commitment to the congregation. She was diagnosed with a difficult form of thyroid cancer, requiring her to take upwards of twelve different medications that led to further complications and a slight heart attack. When he was growing up, Pastor Bell’s mother had always asked him to pray a lot and so he went to the back of the house and did just that.
Pastor Bell’s sister survived her battle with cancer, and within a couple of weeks, he received a phone call that she no longer needed medication and that her body had miraculously changed. She asked him to preach to her and with her prompting, he took God’s will and joined the ministry. At present, he remains the Pastor of the Greater St. John Baptist Church and over twelve years he has watched the rural church grow from having three or four worshippers to more than 200 on a typical Sunday.
Giving God all the credit, Pastor Bell has led the church to become one of the Top Ten Most Giving Churches for two years. In addition to his responsibilities, he is an active volunteer with the children in the community and works to provide clothes, shoes, and other services. Having helped 30 kids go to college so far, he would like to continue that work in the years to come, as well as continuing his work in the ministry. A valuable figure in his community, Pastor Bell is also an active member of the Baptist General Commission of Texas and the Greater Baptist Association.
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