Rev. James Avery Alexander, Sr.

Senior Pastor

Pastor James Avery Alexander, Sr. was born to the late Rev. Robert H. Alexander, Sr. and Mrs. Ruby Johnson Alexander in Oklahoma City, OK.  He received his education in the Oklahoma School System, graduating from Douglass Senior High School in 1972.  He also attended Boston University, Oklahoma City University, ITC, and Columbia Theological Seminary.  He received a BA, Master of Divinity and pursued further studies.  He began his ministerial journey after preaching his first sermon at age 18.  In August he will celebrate his 45th anniversary in the preaching ministry. He has been the pastor of several churches, including St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Columbus for 13 years and Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Newnan for eight years. He also served as the Chaplain of Morris Brown College for two years, and was appointed the Pastor of First A.M.E. Church in Atlanta in June of 2017.


He has been active in each community in which he has been appointed to serve.  He was a Co-founder of the Tift Area Food Bank in Tifton Georgia and has served on Ministerial Associations in several Georgia Communities. He was a Mentor for the Coweta and Muscogee Counties School System and a member of the board of American Heart Association.  He served 14 years as a City Planning Commissioner for the City of Newnan. He was a member and Chaplain of the Newnan Optimist Club and has served as Vice-President of the Newnan Optimist Club in the past.  In the AME Church, he served as an instructor for the Board of Examiners and served on the Board of Trustees for the South, Atlanta North and Southwest Georgia Annual Conferences, for a total of 31 years.  He serves his Seminary Alma Mater Turner Theological Seminary at ITC in two capacities: First as a Board of Trustees Member for which he is in his 31st year, and as The Alumni Association Chaplain which he has served since 2011.  

He has received several honors and awards from different organizations, including the Sixth Episcopal District, Southwest GA Conference, and Eastern District Pastor of the Year 2014-2016 by the Lay Organization, the Sixth Episcopal District Living Legacy, Pastor of the Year for the Eastern District, the Southwest Georgia WMS Supporter Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Outstanding Undergraduate Award, Turner Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumni Award, Oklahoma City Set Club, and Who’s Who in American Businessmen and several other awards and recognition.


He has been happily married for 28 years in November to the former Charmaine Jackson of Dawson, Georgia.  They have three sons, Ricky Terron, James Avery, Jr., and Christopher Julius, two daughter-in-law, Ishia Reese Alexander and Symone Cook Alexander, and three grandchildren, Alyssa Grace, Kris Cane, and Xavier DeShun. 


His greatest accomplishment is serving the Lord on a daily basis.   He may be called a preacher, pastor minister, counselor, teacher, or spiritual leader, but if you call him a child of God that will be sufficient