OUR GOD APPOINTED SHEPHERD OF THE FIRST BIBLE CHURCH OF THE LORD’S MISSION
Reverend James A. McGraw is a member of the First Bible Church of the Lord’s Mission where the Senior Pastor and Founder was the late Reverend Jessie L. Woodhouse. Reverend McGraw accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1974. Brother Clifford Fisher, who is now known as Pastor Cliff was instrumental in leading him to the Lord.
Reverend McGraw became a licensed minister of the Gospel in July of 1980 and because of his unshakable faith in God and His word, Reverend McGraw was ordained in July of 1981 by the late Pastor Jessie Woodhouse and the Governing board.
Reverend McGraw attended Manhattan Bible Institute for a brief period but then enrolled in the Woodhouse Bible School. After many years of studying to show that he was approved by God, he became a workman that needed not to be ashamed. Reverend McGraw learned how to rightly divide the word of truth. During this process, Pastor Woodhouse elected him as Vice President of The Woodhouse Bible School. In the year 2002, Reverend McGraw received an Honorary Degree in Divinity from The Sacramento Theological Seminary and Bible College.
Reverend McGraw served as Co-Pastor of the First Bible Church of the Lord’s Mission until the Lord called Pastor Woodhouse to her eternal home in Glory. After her passing, in January of 2008, he then became Pastor-Elect. Reverend McGraw works hand in hand with the Ministerial Ministry, the Deacon Board, the Trustee Board, and the Sunday School Department. He is well loved and respected by the members of his congregation and he is devoted to their well being. Reverend McGraw has a passion for today’s youth.
Reverend McGraw loves the Lord and loves the Word of God. One of Reverend McGraw’s favorite scripture is 2nd Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man is in Christ, He is a new creation. Old things are passed away and behold all things become new”.
He is working diligently to tear down strong holds and build up God’s Kingdom. In his own words, “Who would have thought that I would become a Pastor?” But God knew. He knows the plans He has for you.