Our Senior Pastor


Reverend James H. Cokley is a native of Andrews, South Carolina. He graduated Valedictorian of his high school, and received several scholarships. As a student in high school, he accepted Christ and was baptized at the Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Andrews, South Carolina where he was licensed to preach under the late Reverend Dr. B. J. Gordon, Jr.

Reverend Cokley accepted the call to the ministry and became a Preacher in Learning under the late Reverend Dr. A. W. Goforth, II at the Zion Baptist Church in Columbia. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West and a Doctor of Ministry in Parish Revitalization from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He has done post doctoral studies at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, AL, Princeton Theological Seminary, and through the Proclaimer’s Place of Georgetown College at Regent’s Park College – Oxford University, Oxford, England. He has also received a Certificate of Executive Leadership from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago Illinois.

Since April, 1998, Dr. Cokley serves as Senior Pastor of the Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Conway South Carolina where he is leading them to do transforming work for the Lord. The church continues to grow spiritually, physically, fiscally, numerically, and emotionally.

In addition to his work as a Pastor, Dr. Cokley serves on local, state, and national boards and committees. He is currently a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Board of Counselors, and Board of Trustees, Morris College, the Sunday School Publishing Board and a life member of the NAACP. He now serves as President of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

The Reverend James H. Cokley is married to the former Cindy Graham of Conway and they are the proud parents of three children, two daughters, Jami Davina, Bakir Allyne and one son, D’Oscar Haynes; and one foster daughter Adrienne LaTres Sullivan, and four grandchildren.