James L. Evans has been pastor of Auburn First Baptist Church in Auburn, Alabama since 2004. Prior to moving to Auburn Jim served other Alabama churches in Atmore, Selma, Montevallo, and most recently Crosscreek Baptist in Pelham.
A 1970 graduate of W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton, Alabama, Jim received a BA in Religion and History from the University of Mobile, the Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, and the Doctor of Ministry from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham.
Jim has many varied interests and involvements. He has served on the Board of Regents at the University of Mobile and was the founding president of the Interfaith Alliance of Alabama.
For six years he wrote a weekly religion column for the Birmingham Post-Herald called Faith Matters. Since the Post-Herald folded, Jim’s column now appears regularly in the Decatur Daily, the Anniston Star, the Montgomery Advertiser, the Blount Countian, the West Alabama Gazette, the Hoover Gazette, the Corridor News, the Opelika-Auburn News, The Ledger Enquirer in Columbus,GA, and Ethicsdaily.com. His column has also been picked up by several major papers such as the Atlanta Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. He has co-authored a collection of sermons based on the Psalms titled Hear My Voice.
Jim is married to the former Brenda Adkisson of Brewton, Alabama, and together they have four adult children.