Rev. JAMES P. AMERSON
James P. Amerson is the pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, the oldest African American congregation in San Antonio, Texas. Rev. Amerson has served United Methodist Churches in Point Comfort, Lolita, Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and sociology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
James Amerson received his calling to ministry in 1986. In academic preparation for the ministry he earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Gammon Theological Seminary in the renowned Interdenominational Theological Center; Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition to serving his congregation, Pastor Amerson fulfills his passion for ministry by working on civic and denominational projects. His impact has been in Spiritual formation with Emmaus and Chrysalis and Harambee for young people; and Bandana Camp for inner city and at risk youth. He serves in various leadership capacities on the Conference Boards of Ordained Ministry, Residence in Ministry, Black Methodist for Church Renewal and Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century. He is a member of Class XIII in the Masters Leadership Program of Greater San Antonio. Past service includes the Calhoun County United Way, Calhoun County Ministerial Alliance, South Texas Council of Boy Scouts of America, along with other boards and commissions. He serves as a mentor, adviser and Spiritual leader.
While working to empower others, Pastor Amerson has published two books with his brother entitled Celebrating the Offering and Fruit for Celebrating the Offering. He is a contributor to printed articles found in denominational publications and local newspapers.
James’ profound love for people gives him an enthusiasm for seeing individuals mature in their faith and love for God. His pastor’s heart helps him to motivate and inspire those around him. He enjoys traveling to observe and experience the heritage and culture of people.