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Jimmy Barber


I was born on August 29, 1944, in Fulton, Kentucky. During my young years, I had some thoughts about God butnever anything of a serious nature.The Lord arrested me, as far as I am able to tell, in August of 1962. TheLord visited my soul during a sermon by Elder Billy Boyd while he was preaching a meeting at Sandy Branch Church. When I joined, my parents also presented themselves for membership at Sandy Branch. We were baptized together by Elder E. D. McCutcheon in September.

Though I thought the Lord called me to preach, I wondered how it could besince I was such a wicked sinner. I concluded that I would not tell anyone aboutthis and maybe it would go away. In 1965, the church clerk asked me one nightafter the worship services if I believed the Lord had called me to preach. I wanted to deny it, but I had to admit that I thought He had called me. Then Brother Brundrige asked me if I would make an effort to stand before the congregation if they set a time for me to do so. Again I was troubled and considered saying that I would not do so, but I had to say that I would try. Sandy Branch Church then appointed that I preach on each Saturday night before the second Sunday of each month, beginning in the month of October. Since I did not own a Bible for such an occasion, I purchased my first Bible at this time.
I preached at various churches, as well as, my regular appointment at Sandy Branch for about three years. During this time two churches asked me to be their pastor and they would call for my ordination. However, I could not acceptthem because I believed the Lord was calling me to pastor Little Hope Primitive Baptist Church at Faulkner, Mississippi.

Then Little Hope asked me to be their pastor and called for my ordination on December 1, 1968. I pastored Little Hope for about 2 years. During the last months at Little Hope, I jointly pastored New Salem Church in Walnut, Mississippi. For some time I traveled somewhat preaching in many states. I have preached the gospel in at least twenty states, assisted in the reorganization of Ole Enon Church in Middleton, Tennessee, and was a member at Ozias Church in McDonough, Georgia for a while before moving to Memphis, Tennessee to pastor Frayser Church.
After five years, believing my work finished at Frayser, I joined Grace Chapel until I knew where the Lord would have me to labor. I stayed at Grace Chapel for about fifteen years and co-pastored for about ten years with Elder Zack Guess. In February 1993, Mossy Grove Church called me to pastor them and I moved from Memphis in August of that year. In February 1998, I resigned Mossy Grove and after much prayer and meditation, began meeting in the YWCA in OakRidge, Tennessee. It appeared that the Lord was in the work and we constituted into Covenant Church on March 27, 1999, with seven members.

I have a blessed companion in my wife, Jill. We are graciously blessed of the Lord with six children: Heather, Matthew, Hannah, ReneƩ, Samuel and Daniel. In 1995, the Lord took Samuel from us at the age of 3 1/2 weeks.

larry heldman  

Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)