In the late 1920's a small group of people began worshipping with prayer meetings that were held at the home of Mrs. Georganna Poole. Mrs. Poole is credited as the founder of the church. The meetings were held on each Wednesday night.
Our church was soon organized and worship services began in the Hicks building on the corner of Club and Third Street (now Onslow), thus the name of our original church was Hicks Chapel Baptist Church.
Reverend Anderson Sturdivant became the first pastor. A church edifice was built on the 1200 block of 4th Street, now Berkeley Street. By 1952 the name was changed to Saint James Baptist Church. From 1936 to 1987, the church was progressively lead by seven pastors.
Pastor Luther K. Brooks began pastoring in February of 1988. With the vision God had given him, he has implemented changes that have resurrected a new trend in this body of Christ. Under the church reorganization Saint James Baptist Church was incorporated on November 11, 1994 as a non-profit organization receiving 501(c) (3) status.
On November 14, 1999 our congregation marched from 1225 Berkeley into our newly renovated 25,000 sq. ft. family life center at 1305 W. Club Boulevard, formerly known as the old Walltown School.
The new Saint James continues to be the warm and inviting church that it has always been, it continues to open its doors to the community.