James Hennessy, Jamestown First Assembly's newest pastor, believes he offers Jamestown new ways to connect to God through music.

Hennessy was born in Washington before moving to Nigeria with his parents, who were missionaries, when he was 4 years old. After three years in West Africa, his family moved several times between Washington and Capetown, South Africa, finally settling in Springfield, Missouri.

Hennessy moved to Jamestown in July after being offered the position of ministry pastor at Jamestown First Assembly.

"I'd heard of Jamestown before, my parents just moved to Ellendale," Hennessy said. "This was the next step for me in ministry. Pastor Jeff (Wiedenmeyer)'s vision for the Jamestown community really felt like a great opportunity for me."

Hennessy graduated from Ozark Technical Community College and Evangel University, earning degrees in electronic media production and church leadership. He was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 2016.

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"The electronic degree was completely by accident," Hennessy said.

Hennessy wanted to take a radio class but was required to take several prerequisites to be eligible. Once he was able to take the class, he was so far into the degree that he decided to finish it before transiting to ministry.

"I fell in love with it," Hennessy said. "The degrees pair great together ... they have opened a lot of doors for me."

Hennessy said ministry has always been a part of his life, and since he was 8 years old, he knew what he wanted to do.

"I've always wanted to be a ministry pastor," Hennessy said. "This is my dream job."

Since arriving in Jamestown, Hennessy's favorite part of the job has been leading the youth worship groups at the church. He said the community has made him feel incredibly welcome.

"I've loved the interactions I've had with people here so far ... everybody's cheerful," Hennessy said. "It's wonderful seeing people smile and seeing the friendliness of everyday life here."

Hennessy began leading worship in college while interning for churches. For the last seven years, he served at the Life360 WestGate campus in Springfield, Missouri, as a worship intern before becoming the media pastor.

"I have a heart to see people be reached, and that includes Jamestown," Hennessy said. "I love connecting people to God through music."

For more information, visit Jamestown First Assembly's website at https://www.ourheartispeople.com/.