Meet our Pastor


IMG_1190James Milton McCarroll, Jr., currently the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN, is a Nashville, TN native. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting in 1999.  He also received a Master of Divinty Degree from the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2003.

He is also the Moderator of the Stones River District Association of churches.  Through this role, he has been blessed to oversee the work and fellowship of over 20 churches in the greater Nashville area.

He was licensed to preach and ordained to the Christian Ministry at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. James C. Turner, Sr. presides as pastor.  He has since dedicated his life to bringing the message of faith, hope, and love in God through Jesus Christ.

Since his arrival to First Baptist Church in 2006, God has used Pastor McCarroll to bring about a revival in the congregational life to harvest a greater community impact.  Led by the power of the Spirit of God, First Baptist Church has witnessed numerical, organizational, and—most importantly—spiritual growth.  Inspired by the display of love and unity within the congregation, he has labeled the church as, “the greatest church this side of Heaven.”  He truly believes that he has only experienced great achievements as a pastor because of the great faithfulness of God and the love and support of the congregation.

Pastor McCarroll has been blessed to teach and preach at numerous venues,conferences, conventions, revivals & retreats across the country, as well as internationally in Italy, India, Jamaica, and Guyana. His desire is for those to whom he ministers to experience the fullness of their Christian possibility. James McCarroll approaches ministry with sensitivity toward the holistic need for the faith, hope, and love required to encounter the promises and power that rests within a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  To this end Pastor McCarroll endeavors to impact the world for Jesus Christ through the communication and application of the Word of God.


He is happily married to his lovely wife, Alfia.