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Smoke Rise Baptist Church Welcomes Rev. Dr. Jim Somerville

Jim Somerville is Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church, a position he has held since May 2008. Jim served for eight years as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C. Jim also served as Pastor of Wingate Baptist Church, Wingate, North Carolina. Jim holds a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Georgetown College, Kentucky, with a degree in Fine Art.

He was one of the featured preachers at the Festival of Homiletics at the Washington National Cathedral in 2004. His articles and sermons have been published in Christian Century, Leadership, The Upper Room, Preaching, Lectionary Homiletics, and Preaching Great Texts.

Jim will be the keynote speaker at the Georgia Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly on April 15th. He will lead us in worship and discuss how we can approach the challenge of church decline in the modern world. Jim says, “Maybe at a time when the tides of change threaten to destroy the church, it’s time to go swimming, time to dive into a culture that no longer loves the church and learn a few new strokes.”

He is the author of When the Sand Castle Crumbles: Why Is My Church Dying and What Can I Do about It?

Jim will be the guest preacher at Smoke Rise Baptist Church on Sunday, April 17th. We are honored to welcome this distinguished guest to be with us and lead us in worship.

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