Rev. Robert James, also known as Pastor RJ, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He has
served in ministry for over 16 years with churches, ministries, and communities all across the
United States. He was also blessed to serve as a Missionary to South Africa (Johannesburg,
Durban, Cape Town, and Soweto).
Pastor RJ currently serves as the Pastor of Youth at the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis is the Senior Pastor. As Pastor to
Youth, Pastor RJ along with his ministry team has made a significant impact in youth church
attendance, community outreach, discipleship and youth leadership development at Mt.
Ararat Baptist Church.
Pastor RJ has added multiple components to the Youth Ministry of Mt. Ararat that
includes Eleven47, a multi-sensory worship experience for teens that combines drama, music
and the preached Word.
Pastor RJ is also the visionary leader for The SHIFT. The SHIFT is a youth movement
comprised of young people from various communities whose goal is to share the gospel of
Jesus Christ through dance, mime, drama, spoken word and other visual arts.
In the community, he serves as a counselor, youth advocate, lecturer, teacher, mentor
and preacher. He ministers at schools, colleges, youth retreats, conferences, youth camps and
worship services throughout the United States.
Pastor RJ has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State
University in Baltimore, Maryland and a Masters of Divinity Degree from United Theological
Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
He is married to Penda James and they have one daughter Amaris.