Pastor James L. Dunbar was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and is the youngest son of Jestine Dunbar and the late John Harvey Dunbar.
Pastor Dunbar joined the United States Army in 1983, serving in numerous places around the United States and overseas. During his years of service, Pastor Dunbar has connected with and infected the lives of many soldiers and civilians directly, as well as indirectly. He is currently retired from the United States Army after 20 successful years, and he is currently employed as a Contractor for U.S. Army at Fort Benning, GA. He also serves as an Official for the Tri-County Official Association (TCOA). Pastor Dunbar has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree in Theology from Cornerstone Christian University (Florida).
The Pastor received his first calling from God in 1994 as a Minister, where he served under Pastor Leroy Parham and Pastor James Hayes at Lily of the Valley Church Of God In Christ Fairbanks, Alaska. This is where he developed himself as a Prayer Warrior.
In August 2011, Pastor Dunbar was installed as Pastor and Founder of The Gathering Ministry Christian Center in LaGrange, Georgia under Bishop L.D. Skinner Sr. (Bread of Life in Columbus, Georgia).
Pastor Dunbar has also served in various positions ranging from Pastoral Care Director, Youth Director, Ruling Elder, Board of Directors member, Minister Board member, Choir member, Usher Board member, Deacon, Minister, Sunday School Teacher, Christian Education Development Teacher, Prison Ministry member, Evangelism Team, Church Van Driver, and Men Fellowship member.
He has been married over 34 years to the lovely Co-Pastor, Christina Dunbar, who is a co-ministry laborer with Pastor Dunbar. In this union they have two children: Ebony Dunbar-Robinson (Carl) and Jamel Dunbar, and they have one Grandson, Jamir.
The Pastor's Motto is, "(PUSH) Pray Until Something Happens" and" No Prayer, No Power. Little Prayer, Little Power. Much Prayer, Much Power." He believes that everyone has a God given purpose to live out, and he wants to empower the people of God to live out their God given abilities. He believes that there is good in everyone, and everybody deserves a second chance to get things right with their Lord and Savior.
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