Dr. James Howell

Senior Pastor

Dr. James Howell

James oversees the life of the church – preaches, teaches, writes, articulates a vision for the congregation.

Dr. James C. Howell has been senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church since 2003, and has served churches in the Charlotte area for 25 years. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Duke Divinity School, and has a Ph.D. from Duke. He has published 15 books, the most recent being Why This Jubilee: Advent Reflections on Songs of the Season. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards in the community, speaks frequently in Charlotte and around the country, and is an adjunct professor of preaching at Duke Divinity School.

Quotable Quote:
“I love to preach, and try to think a lot about the intersection between God’s story and what’s going on in the lives of people and our community and world.”

Fun Facts: Dr. Howell grew up in Columbia. He and Lisa Stockton Howell (her dad, Tom, pastored Myers Park United Methodist) have three children: Sarah, Grace and Noah. He bikes, loves books and movies, plays piano and played Captain von Trapp in a community theater production of The Sound of Music.

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