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Rev. James L. Bumpus Announces Resignation as Pastor of Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Macon

by Amanda Smith

The Reverend Dr. James Louis Bumpus recently announced his resignation as Pastor of Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia. Reverend Bumpus has accepted the position of Dean of the School of Religious Studies and Christian Leadership at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Reverend Bumpus earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Memphis and the prestigious Master of Divinity degree from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Reverend Bumpus received his Doctorate of Ministry Degree at Mercer University, McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia and is distinguished among the Mercer academic community as the first African American male to graduate from Mercer University, McAfee School of Theology with a Doctorate.

Reverend Bumpus has served as Pastor of historic Tremont Temple Baptist Church since January of 1998. Under his dynamic leadership the church experienced tremendous spiritual and numeric growth. After being located in downtown Macon for more than 100 years, Bumpus led Tremont Temple in purchasing a spacious 28 acre tract of land in southwest Macon and relocated the church there in December of 2006.

A true community servant, Reverend Bumpus serves as a board member for the Booker T. Washington Center, Macon-Bibb Economic Opportunity Council, the Middle Georgia Center for Academic Excellence, and the Center for Racial Understanding. He has also served as Chaplain for the Day for the Georgia State Senate, the Bibb County Commission, Macon City Council, and the 2006 Cherry Blossom Festival.

Reverend Bumpus is married to the lovely Renee Hope Bumpus and the couple has four adult children, Charles Anthony, Porscha Nichelle, Mariah Jaleesa and James Louis, Jr.

Family, friends, congregation members and the entire Macon community will miss Reverend Bumpus' selfless service and his dynamic and inspirational leadership, but wish him and his family well in this new mission and endeavor. "It has been a distinct honor to have had the opportunity to serve the august body of Christian believers at Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Macon, Ga.," said Reverend Bumpus, "as well as to have had the opportunity to serve in the larger metropolitan area for the past 15 years."

Dr.  James Louis Bumpus
Dr. James Louis Bumpus