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...Pastor James C. Stokes is anointed of God to reach the heart of the matter skillfully with the Word of God. He believes for every problem anyone would face in this life, there is a solution for it in the Word of God. Pastor Stokes accepted Jesus as his personal Savior at nineteen years of age. Growing up in the church he served in various capacities with the ministry. At the age of twenty he accepted the call to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. He graduated from Creston High School in 1984. He immediately matriculated to the Grand Rapids Community College where he studied Psychology for two years.

Pastor Stokes earned an associated degree in Applied Theology from the International Bible seminary in Plymouth, Florida, a bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Cornerstone University, a Master's of Arts in Ministry Leadership at the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the senior Pastor of the New Life Tabernacle COGIC. He also serves as the Chairman of the Western Michigan Jurisdiction Pastors and Elders council under the leadership of Bishop Nathaniel Wyoming Wells, II.

In addition, he is the founder and president of Living in Fulfillment Everyday, Inc. This organization is a 501C (3) non-profit community development program designed to empower, impact, and enhance its surrounding communities. Finally, his proudest accomplishment has been his devoted union to his lovely wife Jevena M. Stokes. Their union which started September 12, 1987 has been a blessing to them as well as many others. Moreover, they have been blessed with one beautiful daughter Mackenzie Stokes, whom they love, adore, and cherish with their whole heart.

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