?> Northside Drive Baptist Church

Rev. James Lamkin, Senior Pastor

    Hometown: Arcadia, LA
    Birthday: July 15
    @ NDBC since 1997

     Ministry Areas:
    † Preaching
    † Worship/Liturgy
    † Leadership
    † Making Coffee
    † Pastoral Coaching

     Contact Information:

    404.237.8621 x103


    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
    Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), 1989

    Southwestern Theological Seminary
    Master of Divinity (M.Div.), 1979

    Louisiana College
    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), 1975


    Ravensworth Baptist Church (Annandale, VA)
    Pastor, 1992-1997

    Rapides Regional Medical Center (Alexandria, LA)
    Director of Pastoral Care, 1984-1992

    First Baptist Church (Wisner, LA)
    Pastor, 1979-1984

     Leadership:             Professional Advisory Group Member for the CPE

      Institute of the Center of Care and Counseling of Georgia

                                    World Pilgrims Interfaith Travel Leader

                                    Leadership in Ministry Consultant

     Interests:              Leading ongoing pastoral education groups, ecumenical and interfaith activities, reading, writing, juggling, fishing, Family Systems Theory, traveling, and (on most days) being a Baptist preacher.

     Quotations:          "Any pain can be endured if a story can be made of it."

     Books:                    A Prayer for Owen Meany, Brother to a Dragonfly

     Movies:                 True Grit (2010), Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bull Durham, The Natural, Sherlock Holmes

     TV:                          Daredevil, CNN News, The Man from UNCLE

     Food:                      If it will hold still, I will eat it.

     About Me:            I love being a grandfather of three grandkids, telling stories, and doing the work of spiritual growth. After 20 years of pastoring Northside Drive, the congregation knows that I have nothing else up my sleeve...and I know the same about them...and so far, love has prevailed. The Alliance of Baptists is the outfit of our ilk that is dearest to my heart. I have never been much into sports; however, knife-throwing, bullwhip cracking, and juggling interest me. I do religiously pull for the Atlanta Braves and I cry at movies. Plus, I walked 500 miles across Spain on a pilgrimage, and ran a marathon last year.

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