Our Bishop

Bishop James and Mimi Rayburn

James E. Rayburn, D. Min. Currently serves as the presiding Bishop of the Kentucky District and Assistant General Bishop of the Southeast Division for the Pentecostal Church of God. He also serves as the Messenger College faculty chair for their counseling degree. He is a retired Army Chaplain with 23 years of active service in providing ministry to our military communities. He has over twenty years of pastoral experience serving in Military Chapels and PCG congregations. Prior to the Army Chaplaincy, he served as the DYD for the Kentucky District and the Mid-Atlantic Coast District. He then served as the National Christian Pathlighters Director of the PCG. During his military ministry he also served as a Sectional Presbyter for the Eastern Section of the Mid-Atlantic Coast District and the Western Presbyter for the Kentucky District. He has been a member of the Board of Regents for Messenger College since 1988, with the exception of the time he was stationed in Germany. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry Degree, Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Science Degree in Guidance. His undergraduate degree was from Southern Bible College. He is currently a Diplomate with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, plus a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. He is married to Mimi Rayburn and they are the parents to two daughters: Candace Rayburn of Euless, Texas and Carlyn (David) Alvarez of Price, Utah.