The Reverend James Wesley Dennis III is a millennial scholar, minister, and activist. A native of Brookhaven, Mississippi, James is an emerging voice proclaiming good news to all.
James is a 2012 honor graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. At Morehouse, James served as a Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel Assistant, a member of the Student Government Association Senate, and was a member of the Morehouse College Debate team. Currently, James is a William R. Folkearth Scholar at Vanderbilt Divinity School, pursuing a Masters of Divinity Degree. At Vanderbilt, James serves as the President of the Vanderbilt Black Seminarians and as a board member for the university's Council of Religious Affairs.
James is an ordained itinerant deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and currently serves the Lee Chapel AME Church as an Associate Minister for College Students and Young Adults. There he is known as Pastor Jimmy. Additionally, James serves as a Co-Pastor for the St. Phillip AME Church in the North Nashville area.
Among academic and ministerial duties, James feels called to a life of advocating for social change. James demonstrates his commitment to social justice through his work in the academy and in the church. Additionally, James has organized and participated in marches and non-violent demonstration to seek justice for Kendrick Johnson in Valdosta, Georgia.
A dedicated foodie, James is passionate about good food. To him, food has the power to bring family, friends, and strangers together to form meaningful community. James is also passionate about good music, great books, and conversations with friends and family.
James is the son of Cassandra and James Wesley Dennis II, the grandson of the Reverend Lottie Bates Parker, and the uncle of Miss Raegan Rene Daniels.
For more about James, visit www.jameswesleydennis.com.