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Rev. James A. Platt, M.Div

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The Reverend James A. Platt was born in New Orleans, LA to Deacon James Platt and Clara B. F. Smith. He was reared in Trenton, NJ graduating from Trenton Central High School "Home of the Tornadoes"..

After high school he entered the United States Air Force (USAF) where he proudly served for 20 years at various locations in the U.S. and overseas. While serving at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, Rev. Platt met and married Sandra D. Yates (Rev. Sandy) who has been his help-mate and ministry partner for more than 32 years. They are the proud parents of six sons, Mosi, Manu, Matthew, Ekundayo, Kwasi and Awadi. They are grateful to have three daughters-in-love: Aziza (Mosi), Teri (Matthew) and Lisa (Kwasi). They also are overly excited to be grandparents to two granddaughters and a grandson.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge and retiring from the USAF, Rev. Platt began employment with the State of Delaware serving in various state agencies while completing a B.S. degree in Human Resource Management at Wilmington University (DE) and later a Master of Divinity degree from “The House of Turner” —Turner Theological Seminary at The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA.

Rev. Platt was called to the ministry while serving at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church (Dover, DE) under the pastoral leadership of The Reverend Troy I. Thomas and The Reverend Dr. Maxine L. Thomas He was admitted into the Delaware Annual Conference in the First Episcopal District by Bishop Zedekiah Lazett Grady. He was ordained an Itinerant Deacon (2007) and Itinerant Elder (2010) in the AME Church at the hand of Bishop William Philip DeVeaux in the Sixth Episcopal District at the Atlanta-North Georgia Annual Conference.  

Rev. Platt has served the following congregations as Servant Leader: Nelson Chapel AME (Bainbridge, GA), Gaines Chapel AME (Anniston, AL), St. Luke AME (Birmingham, AL), Grady-Madison AME (Madison, AL) and presently serves at Allen Temple AME Church in Phenix City, AL of the 9th Episcopal District.

Rev. Platt believes that the foundation of his ministry is to teach on the Word of God, develop and implement strategies to promote the 21st century church while recalling the historic roots of African Methodism by means of teaching, preaching, praising the Lord and winning souls for Christ.

He and his wife reside in Cobb County GA with “#6” son.  One of his favorite scriptures is Psalm 27.4: I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.” (MSG)

 

 
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