Spiritual Musings from an Educated Redneck

An inside look of the mind of Pirate Pops

About James

As Senior Pastor of Fort Worth’s City On A Hill, Dr. James Reeves regularly sees wounded people find help, hope, and healing, through Jesus Christ.

After receiving his B.A. in Greek from Baylor University in 1976, James received his MDIV and DMIN degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been a pastor for more than 30 years serving as a senior pastor since 1981.  Since 1984, he has been the senior pastor at City On A Hill, also known as the Hospital Church. Since 1992 that church has practiced what James began to call – the hospital church style of ministry.

James is no stranger to emotional pain.  He was born into an alcoholic home and suffered the emotional wounds of a rough childhood.  Years later the bills began to come due in his life as the emotional wounds that he had glossed over and ignored for years began to surface.  James nearly resigned from pastoral ministry, but chose to confront his past, then used this new found freedom in Christ to build a church based on resolving emotional woundedness issues for greater intimacy with God.

Today, in addition to his responsibilities at City On A Hill, James speaks at seminars and mentors other churches seeking to make similar transitions to the hospital church model. He has now written three books that will help churches begin and nurture the biblical concept of the Hospital Church. His first book REFUGE – the story of the Hospital Church is published by Kregel Press and is available now in Christian bookstores and on amazon.com or cbd.com.  His second book, LIFE CHANGE FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN is a workbook that churches can use to either begin Freedom Group Ministries or expand upon existing groups.  His third book is LIFE CHANGE FOR COUPLES, which is a re-write of the original workbook applied to marriage. The workbook is available through http://www.amazon.com. His desire is that the Church will once again become a place of help, hope, and healing for the wounded, hurting, and broken.

James has 5 grandkids that he adores and they call him Pirate Pops because of a patch he has to wear over his eye. He has a tiny tumor on the optic nerve in the cavernous sinus that causes him to see double.

3 thoughts on “About James

  1. Looking forward to your newest post.

  2. Your Spiritual musings and especially the comments are a feast! Though you haven’t posted in some time I nominated your blog for the Epic Awesome Award because it is, well, epically awesome. You do such great work in your community, my hope is this medium will expand your radius even further.

  3. Toni Moser on said:

    I always love your perspective James. Something I always understand. :o}

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