Colonial Baptist Church
Monday, January 18, 2021
A Caring Church with a Growing Spirit
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Meet Our Staff

 Dr. James W. Adams, Pastor 

James was born in Memphis and graduated from Central High School.  In 1975, he married his high school sweetheart, Charline Jeter and established Merton Avenue Baptist as his home church.  In 1979 James trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord and several months later surrendered to the Gospel Ministry.  He was licensed and later ordained by Merton Avenue Baptist Church.

Sensing a call to serve was a call to prepare, James enrolled in Mid-South Bible College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries in 1985.  The Lord led him to pursue a Master of Divinity and then a Doctor of Philosophy from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Adams has pastored churches in Tennessee and Missouri and is excited to be at Colonial. 



Randy Bennett, Administrator

Randy was born in Memphis and graduated from Woodale High School. He and his family attended Cherokee Baptist Church where at 9 years of age Randy made a profession of faith. He attended the University of Memphis where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in management and minor in accounting.

Randy met and married Mary James at Colonial Baptist Church in 1981. They have two children, Ashley (Jordan) Bledsoe, a teacher at SBEC and James. a graduate of University of Memphis and works as a audio/visual technician. Randy loves sports, fishing and gardening and spending time with his two granddaughters, Annie Kate
Mary Elizabeth.

Randy worked in the retail supermarket business for 20 years before coming to Colonial Baptist Church as Business Administrator in 1992.

One of Randy’s favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Stephen Len White, Minister of Music

Steve and Debbie are exciting to see what God is doing and will do at Colonial, and hope you'll join us for worship if you are looking for a church home or just want to visit. In Christ alone will we glory-indeed!

Stephen Len White was born and raised in Memphis and graduated from Trezevant High School and Memphis State University with a Bachelor of Music (Opera Performance). Steve's God-given voice has been heard internationally on many operatic and musical theatre stages, most notably as an original member of the third national tour of the Phantom of the Opera for six years, and then as an original company member of the Antwerp, Belgium company of Phantom.

All of that is for naught without a relationship with the Lord, Steve says, and he feels the most important day in his life was May 10, 1967, when shortly after his brother graduated from seminary at Baptist Bible College, Steve came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. What a glorious day indeed! Steve's Christian parents and "preacher" brother are and were a big influence in his life, both in the past and looking to the future.

Steve has been on the musical staff of many different churches over the years, most recently coming to us from Christ Methodist Church here in Memphis. He still teaches voice there with the Maxine Moore Music Academy, and is on the voice faculty at Germantown Baptist Conservatory of Music, which is administrated by Germantown Baptist Church.

Steve's beautiful wife Deborah hails from Elizabethton, Tennessee, graduating from East Tennessee State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. She works for the State, training individuals in all aspects of Juvenile Justice. Debbie plays the piano and sings as well, and can be seen every Sunday helping the tenor section look a whole lot better.:)


Support Staff

Sandy Murphree, Pianist/Music Associate
Pat Rodgers, Pastor's Secretary
Sondra Wright, Church Secretary