The Rev. Dr. James Lamkin

Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)
Organization: Northside Drive Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA

Prior to his arrival at Northside Drive Baptist in March of 1997, James served as Senior Pastor at Ravensworth Baptist Church of metropolitan Washington, D.C. for five years. Before going to Ravensworth, he served as the Director of Pastoral Care at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana for eight years, during which he filled four interim pastorates. In addition, from 1979-1984 James pastored First Baptist Church of Wisner, LA.

James has been active in ecumenical and inter-faith activities throughout his ministry. He has served as the President of the Board of the Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta. Presently, he is on the board of the Center for Care and Counseling of Georgia. Also, he is a founding member of World Pilgrims, an inter-faith travel group which takes Jews, Christians, and Muslim together on pilgrimages. He says that among Baptist families, his heart is most connected with Alliance of Baptists. In addition, James has led several ongoing pastoral education groups using the principles of Family Systems Theory. His hobbies include reading, writing, juggling, fishing, and traveling.

Dr. Lamkin received his undergraduate education at Louisiana College and obtained the Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary, where he received the H.C. Brown Preaching Award. Later, he received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1989.

He is married to Rev. Liz Harris-Lamkin who is a chaplain at Piedmont Medical Center in Atlanta; also she serves as a chaplain Lt. Col. in the Air National Guard as the Wing Chaplain for the 116th in Warner Robbins, Georgia.

James has two children. Stuart is a graduate of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia. He is the Editor of the Uniform Sunday School Curriculum for Adults at Smyth and Helwys Publishing Company in Macon, Ga. Emily works in the Development office of the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home in Nashville, TN; but, she says her real joy is working with the youth in her church.

Last but not least, James is a grandfather! Sean Michael Lamkin was born on May 19, 2007. Stuart and Sara are his parents. On the day of Sean's birth, James gave him a rod and reel and tackle box.

James loves juggling, writing, hiking, traveling, and (on most days) being a Baptist preacher!


Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. James Lamkin

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When Life Comes At You

Tuesday February 03, 2015
Mark describes a hectic itinerary for Jesus, and Dr. James Lamkin says we can all relate to the busy-ness of it. But Jesus carves out time alone with God in the midst of a crazy schedule of activities. We too must keep a balance between contemplation and action, as Jesus did.

The New Normal

Tuesday December 21, 2010
As the church celebrates Christmas, the Rev. Dr. James Lamkin focuses on the horrifying events following Christ's birth, as the Holy Family learns to deal with their "new normal."

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The Rev. Dr. James Lamkin - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Friday January 07, 2011
The Rev. Dr. James Lamkin, Senior Pastor of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta, sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace for a wide ranging discussion including life and worship at Northside Drive Baptist Church, the notion of "Pastor as Chronicler", his work on interfaith pilgrimages all over the world, todays world of religious division and what people of faith can do, and much, much more.