Jim Yates

Lead Pastor

Personal Info:
Jim was born in Yazoo City, MS, 1962  He is married to Paula; a teacher at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School. They have 2 sons; Foster and Jon Paul.
Licensed & ordained to ministry in 2000 at First Baptist Church, Corinth, MS

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX. Master of Arts in Religious Education, 1987.
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS. Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Education, 1984.

Ministry Experience:
 Calvary Baptist Church, Tupelo, MS. Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Missions. 2014—2023.
First Baptist Church, Starkville, MS. Minister of Youth.
First Baptist Church, Corinth, MS. Associate Pastor, Minister of Youth/ Activities. 1993—2006.
 First Baptist Church, Kosciusko, MS. Minister of Youth/Activities. 1987—1993.
“My heart as a follower of Christ is to follow Jesus’ command that He gave us in Acts 1:8. As a result, this mission directive is to focus on Jerusalem (local), Judea (state-wide), Samaria (the USA) and the ends of the earth (international). For the church, ALL missions we do are designed to see the needs around where we live and how we can be LIGHTS in a dark world. “Being involved in the betterment of the community in which we live is imperative for the church. Whether it is to involve ourselves in an existing ministry with which God has led us to partner OR to begin a new ministry, we must infiltrate the local community where God has planted us.” —Bro. Jim Yates