Reverend Bolton has a dual role at OC and church


Rev. James J. Bolton remains very busy with his work as a professor and chairman of the department of pre-health sciences at Odessa College, but his dedication to the ministry dates back to his childhood and he feels that his work as pastor of L he St. James Missionary Baptist Church is a necessary part of his service to God and to humanity.

After preaching his first sermon at age 14 in his hometown of Chicago, Reverend Bolton said, “I preach on God’s love, God’s goodness, and God’s blood.

“God loves you no matter what you are, what you look like or where you come from. His love surpasses whatever wrong you have done and his blood can save the worst of sinners. As a teacher, I help the spirit and as a preacher I help the soul.

Reverend James Bolton poses for a photo Tuesday, June 21, 2022 St. James Missionary Baptist Church. (Odessa American/Eli Hartman)

Bolton received a bachelor’s degree from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, studied at the University of the Dominican Republic, did research at the University of California, Davis, earned a master’s degree in genetics from the University of ‘Alabama and earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Sciences. biology at Alabama A&M.

He taught at Cornell University and served as a forensic scientist at the US Criminal Investigation Laboratory in Jonesboro, Georgia, helping identify the remains of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after bin Laden was killed in 2011 by Navy Seals in Pakistan. . He joined the OC faculty seven years ago. Bolton’s wife’s name is Maanami.

His church at 2212 E. 11th St. averages 125 people during his Sunday services at 10:45 a.m.

Pre-health sciences are the courses that prepare students to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry.

A protege of Reverend Clay Evans of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, Bolton was thrilled when Reverend Evans’ family presented him with the late pastor’s latest black and white preaching robe, which he sometimes wears to church. “Pastor Evans was like a grandfather to me,” he said.

“He was known as the black godfather of gospel preaching. He ordained me to the ministry.

Evans was also a singer and songwriter whose 11 albums all charted on the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart.

Reverend James Bolton poses for a photo Tuesday, June 21, 2022 St. James Missionary Baptist Church. (Odessa American/Eli Hartman)

Bolton, 45, was an associate pastor at the All People Worship Center here and at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Andrews before accepting the St. James Missionary Baptist pastorate.

His favorite scriptures are Isaiah chapter 12, in which the prophet praises God, and Colossians 3:17, which says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, give thanks to God the Father through him.

Its motto is: “God will attach his saint to your disorder to produce holiness”.

The Reverend Chris Hagger, senior pastor of Bolton at All People Worship Center and Mount Olive Baptist Church, said he “loves the people of God and is committed to their growth.

“James is a man of integrity and a very humble man,” Reverend Hagger said. “He is down to earth, patient and truthful. I trusted him with my congregations and he allowed me to travel because I knew his teachings would be sound.


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