Meet Pastor James
Pastor Aaron M. James Sr. has a tremendous
passion for God’s word coupled with a love for
God’s people. He has a contagious spirit of
generosity that flows through every facet of his
ministry. Having received his mandate from God,
Pastor James obediently fulfills his calling as
Called to ministry in 1991, under the leadership of the late Rev. W.F. Cotton at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Rochester, New York, Pastor James began his ministry as an itinerant preacher, sharing the gospel in cities throughout the nation at a very young age. In 2003, he was called to be the third pastor of Second Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, a historical beacon in Syracuse, New York for over sixty years. In the eight years of his pastorate in Syracuse, Pastor James led Second Olivet in the construction of a $2.2 million dollar edifice growing the congregation physically and spiritually.
For two years he served as Vice Moderator of the North Eastern District Baptist Association then was called to the rank of Moderator for three years. At the age of 35 Pastor James served as the youngest Moderator in the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention of New York.
Pastor James also has a heart for community outreach and has founded and helped found several community organizations such as the Coalition of Urban Pastors and Project Urge, served on several boards of directors including the NAACP, Near Westside Initiative and Interfaith Works, and has received numerous community, civic, and academic awards and accolades.
In March 2011 God called and elevated Pastor James to become the 19th Pastor of the Historic First Bryan Baptist Church. On July 10, 2011 the church installed Pastor James and God has been blessing every since. God gave Pastor James a vision and through that he saw the need for some renovation in First Bryan and as a result of that vision, First Bryan has completed a $125,000.00 renovation totally debt free! The church has grown tremendously both spiritually and numerically under his leadership. A number of ministries have been reorganized, reinstituted, and created so that First Bryan is ready to follow God in the 21st century.
Pastor James has walked through the halls of academia having attended Genesee Community College, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Faith Theological Seminary. Pastor James has a goal of completing his Doctor of Divinity and is well on his way of reaching that goal.
In 1995 Pastor James married his high school sweetheart Theresa L. James and God has since blessed them with five children. Pastor and First Lady James truly believe in family and have built their marriage and family on the fundamental belief in the Word of God knowing that the Word is true in 1 Timothy 3:5 “For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?” and Proverbs 18:22 “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.”
Pastor and Lady James are currently in the process of co-authoring their first book "Journey To Your Destiny" a personal memoir of the journey that God has taken them on to get to the place that he has ordained for them to be in ministry and in the family. Pastor James is also personally authoring a book entitled "The Blessing of Giving", a guide on how to receive everything from God by giving Him your everything.
Pastor James has a heart for God’s people and vision for building God’s kingdom, moving the church into the 21st century. To all of the above, what he is today and ever hopes to be, Pastor James humbly gives HIS LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST ALL THE HONOR, THE GLORY AND THE PRAISE!