Dr. James Earls




  Dr. James R. Earls, widowed and the father of five children, (four daughters and one son) was saved in 1961. He was called of God to preach in 1963, and soon after resigned as a federal employee after 18 years of service with the US government. Dr. Earls was ordained to gospel ministry in June of 1971 at Faith Baptist Church of Virginia Beach, VA.

Dr. Earls served in the capacity as Prison Chaplain in the state of Virginia and full-time State Field Worker with Child Evangelism Fellowship Inc.(CEF). He attended the CEF Institute and graduated in 1968. He also attended Atlantic Bible College and served on the Board of Reference. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Fundamental Bible Seminary in Knoxville, TN in 1976.

Dr. Earls is the Founding Pastor of Emmaus Road Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA. He resigned from the pastorate in January 1988 and was honored by the church with the title of Pastor Emeritus. He moved to Memphis, TN in June of 1988 and became the Director of Black Church Planting Division of Fundamental Baptist Worldwide Mission. Dr. Earls is also the Founder and past Moderator of the Independent Baptist Bible Fellowship. He taught and directed a TV program for 19 years. He was the producer and teacher of the program, "Bible Storytime". He has also served as an executive officer of the Southwide Baptist Fellowship. As a result of his ministry, there are sixteen men in the pastorate.

Dr. Earls is now the Director of Black Church Planting with Baptist Home Missions (BHM). He travels around the country helping men start and grow Independent Fundamental Bible Believing Baptist churches in urban communities.