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Our Pastors and Clergy

Rev. Dr. Michael T. McQueen

Senior Pastor of St. James UMC

Rev. Dr. Michael T. McQueen has made it his mission to empower changed people to change the world. His message is clear: If Christians are to positively impact the world; they must be willing to minister beyond the walls of the church.

As Senior Pastor of St. James United Methodist Church since 2006, Rev. McQueen leads one of the fastest growing church congregations in Alpharetta, GA. Since coming to St. James, the church has grown from approximately 1,500 members to over 3,500 members, and more than 36 ministries that share the love of Christ and glorify God by embracing, equipping and empowering people to go and make disciples for Jesus Christ.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Reverend McQueen is a graduate of Drexel University. He earned a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees, with honors, from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). He has served as an adjunct professor at the ITC and has been on staff at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the area of Contextual Education.

Reverend McQueen previously served as Senior Pastor at Ousley United Methodist Church in Lithonia Georgia. Prior to his pastoral duties at Ousley, he was the Associate and Senior Associate Pastor at Ben Hill United Methodist Church from 1993 to 2001.

Included in his many awards and accolades is the 2011 Harry Denman Conference Award for Evangelism which is given to the Pastor who has demonstrated excellence in evangelism, and the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Gammon Theological Seminary.

A popular guest preacher and revivalist, Reverend McQueen’s progressive, Bible-based message has reached hundreds of people in locations around the world including Africa and throughout North America. He has served as Ben Hill’s Coordinator for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, an initiative of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, purposed for strengthening black churches within the denomination. His pilotage resulted in Ben Hill’s receipt of the 2000 Award of Excellence as a Congregation Resource Center.

An unprecedented teacher and trainer, Reverend McQueen’s credits include the development of the Ben Hill Training Institute, a training center for the Body of Christ. He initiated Ministers in Training, a program designed to train aspiring seminary students who have acknowledged their call to Christian ministry. Reverend McQueen traveled to Zimbabwe, South Africa to train their local clergy regarding church and family concerns. He led an advance missionary team to Kenya to assist in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to build mud homes. He has also traveled to Haiti on a medical mission trip ministering to over 800 people. Reverend McQueen has routinely facilitated Bible Study and lay and clergy workshops and regularly provides workshop leadership at various marriage conferences.

A firm believer in community involvement, Reverend McQueen has served on various boards to include the North Georgia Committee on Congregational Development, United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union, Simpsonwood Board, the Youth Hope Builders Academy, the United Methodist Children’s Home, Kings Ridge Christian School, Faith Journey, the Franklin Graham Festival Regional Pastors Team and the Atlanta-Roswell District Committee of Ordained Ministry.

Reverend McQueen is a very devoted husband to his wife, Wanda and is the proud father of two sons, Michael II and Malik.

Rev. Kimberlyn Sinkfield

Associate Pastor of St. James UMC

Pastor Kimberlyn S. Sinkfield is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. When she accepted her call to ministry, she was in the midst of a successful career in Software Quality Assurance Management at Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.

Pastor Kimberlyn received her Master of Divinity degree with honors from Gammon Theological Seminary in May 2012.  She was licensed at the June 2012 North Georgia Annual Conference and appointed to her first clergy appointment as Pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA. In June 2017, Pastor Kimberlyn was commissioned as a Provisional Elder and currently serves as an Associate Pastor at St. James UMC in Alpharetta, GA.

Pastor Kimberlyn completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship and residency as a Re-entry Chaplain at Metro Transitional Center (MTC). There she discovered a passion for ministering to incarcerated women. After completing CPE, she continued to serve the fenced-in flock as Chaplain to the 234 female residents and 40 plus staff at MTC through funding from HeartBound Ministries until June 2017. She also served as the Volunteer Services Coordinator to more than 100 volunteers serving at MTC. She is the recipient of the 2017 Good Shepherd Award, an honor given to the Chaplain of the Year within the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Pastor Kimberlyn uses her gift of leadership as the current Chaplain and Chair of the In the Spirit Committee in the East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She has previously served as a member of the Strategic Planning and Development Committee in the Atlanta College Park District and board member of Re-entry Village, a nonprofit organization.

Pastor Kimberlyn is a sought-after preacher, teacher and workshop facilitator who partners with the Holy Spirit to create an atmosphere for people to encounter God for themselves. She is “Embracing the Journey” as she fulfills her irrevocable call to “Preach the word… Correct, confront, and encourage with patience and instruction.”

Pastor Tavares Stephens

Assistant Pastor of St. James UMC

Pastor Tavares Stephens serves as Assistant Pastor at Saint James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. In 2018, Pastor Tavares was awarded the Candler School of Theology’s John Owen Smith Award for Preaching. He was recently featured in By Faith magazine’s July-August 2018 edition as a Harry Hoosier Spirit Award honoree for his diverse ways in proclaiming the gospel.

Pastor Tavares is also a former Teacher of the Year, was a recipient of Turner Broadcasting’s Teacher Appreciation Award, and is a former member of Poetry Atlanta’s National Slam Poetry team. He is the creator of the spoken word CD, “Lend Me Your Ear,” the author of Soulfood Café, a book of poetry, and Reading Revolution, a book of biographies covering important contributions made to civilization by people of African descent. He is also the writer and producer of the Ascension Project, a gospel music project that fuses praise and worship and spoken word poetry.

Pastor Tavares also co-founded of VerbalEyze, a non-profit specializing in the professional development of youth and young adult writers; and he serves as a lead animator with the ground breaking non-profit Fearless Dialogues – a group dedicated to helping those both in and outside the church grasp the ways in which ideals such as “radical hospitality” and “seeing those who are unseen” serve to promote pursuit of the greater good in human relationships.

Pastor Tavares graduated with a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in May of 2018. He is married to his loving wife Nicole and they are the parents of two beautiful children, Simeon and Nia.