Meet Our Elect Lady & Executive Minister

Rev. Dr. Kim James

Dr. James, a native of Hackensack, NJ, was raised in Paterson and has been singing in the church since the age of nine. As a member of the Canaan Baptist Church (Rev. Dr. Gadson L. Graham, Pastor) in Paterson, she was an assistant choir director under the leadership of Rev. Louis Norris. God has also blessed her to perform Off-Broadway in “Mama I Want To Sing”, touring with the National Touring Company and appearing on the national television with the New York Reach Ensemble. She is also the writer/director of “We Love Gospel Music”, which was produced by her and Phenician Sullivan.

A graduate of Eastside High School in Paterson and Howard University in Washington, D.C., she continued her education with Graduate Studies in Communication Arts at William Paterson University. She is also a graduate of Alpha Bible Institute where she was chosen as the Valedictorian of the Evangelism Class of 1997. As the Lord continued to prepare her for ministry the Holy Spirit led her to New York Theological Seminary where she graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree in 2005 and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio where she earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree in 2008. A prolific writer, she is the author of Breaking the Silence! The Voiceless Victims of Physical and Emotional Violence.

Dr. James is employed by the Passaic County Board of Social Services as a Senior Training Technician for the Life Skills & Job Readiness Programs. She is also an Adjunct Professor for the New York Theological Seminary Certificate Program and the New Jersey State and Northeast Central Regional Director of Christian Education for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, International under the leadership Bishop Designate Rudy V. Carlton and Bishop Kenneth L. Robinson; respectively, Bishop Paul S. Morton, International Presiding Bishop. Licensed to preach the gospel in February 1999 and ordained in July 2005, she has been blessed to minister at numerous Conferences, Retreats and Worship Services nationwide.

She is the president and founder of Women of Divine Destiny, Inc. a 501c3 non- profit corporation which seeks to address the needs of women in the church community through counseling, referral services, education and scholarship to nurture and empower them spiritually, physically, emotionally and financially. Their intended audience is women in leadership in the church and the community at-large. Women of Divine Destiny, Inc. is a beacon of light which strives to encourage women to give the best of their service to the church and community. Striving constantly to “give God the best of her service” and to keep “first things first”, she is the Elect Lady, Director of Women’s Ministries and Executive Minister of the Paradise Baptist Church in Newark, NJ, where her husband, Bishop Jethro C. James, Jr. is the pastor.

They are the parents of a son; Terrill, a daughter; Danielle and a chosen daughter; Tanisha, the proud grandparents of a granddaughter; Taylor Jewel and a grandson; Isaiah Nathaniel. She gives all the glory, honor and praise to God for the “great things” that He has done!