On the Journey

Pastor James

Hello, Journey Church!  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be your new co-pastor.  My wife, Shannon, and I started conversations with the Management Team and Overseers in the spring months, and we have felt God's leading strongly to move to Virginia and serve with you.


Here is a brief snapshot of my family and me.  I was born and raised in Texas and have twelve years of experience in pastoral leadership, and I have been in ministry full time for eighteen years.  I received my doctorate in ministry in 2012 from Truett Seminary at Baylor University, with a special focus track called Christ and Culture.  My passions and spiritual gifts are preaching and teaching, and I am especially passionate about unity in the church and racial reconciliation.


Shannon was born in Georgia and has lived in Louisiana and Texas.  She's my college sweetheart, and we married in 2002.  Shannon also has the gift of teaching and certainly shares a calling to ministry.  I adore her sweet spirit and ability both to empathize with and encourage people.  Shannon is also a musician and educator.  She's taught in both public schools and in a private voice studio.  She is also a fantastic mom!


We have two kids, Emma and Jackson.  Emma is a wonderfully gifted fifth grader, and Jack is a rambunctious but very loving three-year-old.  They both love music and sing and dance all day long.


In the next weeks and months, we basically have one goal:  get to know you!  We are so encouraged about your small group model and want to visit as many as we can.  We also want to know what's important to you and how we can best minister both to and alongside you.  Please feel more than free to contact me for a get together at jameshassell@journeyconnection.com.


Pastor James