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Pastor James E. Flakes

Pastor Flakes' Overview Resume & Contact Info

James Edward Flakes was born, April 25, 1941, to the union of Otis and Ruby Flakes, in Humboldt Tennessee.  At an early age, his family moved to Muncie, Indiana where he was raised.

Flakes came from a family of singers and musicians.  He sang with his family's singing group, "The Flakes Family."  A great singer, he became a member of Calvary Baptist Church at an early age and sang in the church choir.  He was also a member of the Northeastern District Baptist Association Choir and The Choraleers, a singing group, both in Muncie.  While living in Louisville Kentucky, he was a member of The Traveling Notes before he was called to the ministry.

Flakes graduated from Central High School of Muncie, IN.  He continued his education at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.  He earned his B.A. and Master of Divinity degrees from Earlham College.  He attended Simmons Bible College of Louisville, Kentucky, and Crossroads Bible College, of Farmland, Indiana.  He received his Doctor of Divinity from Tennessee School of Religion.

James E. Flakes was licensed and ordained in ministry at Greater Good Hope Baptist Church, of Louisville, Kentucky; where he served as Associate Minister.  In 1962, Flakes preached his first sermon at age twenty-one (21). 

James met the woman of his dreams, in the fall of 1962.  He married Martha Ann House, June 27, 1964.  To this union, two children were born, Teresa, 01-03-1966 and Tonja, 12-10-1967.

At age twenty-five (25), he first became a pastor at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Princeton, Indiana (1966-1967).  He later pastored the Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Richmond, Indiana (1967-1972).  He then moved his family to Detroit, Michigan to become the pastor of the Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church (1972-1984).  When the building that housed the Prince of Peace M. B. C. burned down, Pastor Flakes organized a new church, Greater Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church (1984).  This new church moved into its permanent building, on the corners of Joy Road and Hubbell in Detroit, and changed its name to Joy Road Missionary Baptist Church (1985-present).

Pastor Flakes has continuously served, actively in both religious and secular communities.  He served as Chairman of Mission Board N. E. D. Association of Indiana, where he led several sit-ins and civil rights demonstrations; vice-president of Indiana State Baptist Sunday School and B.T.U. Congress; member of Board of Christian Education, Indiana Baptist State Convention; Chairman of Board of Wayne County Community Action Commission; member of Orthodox Commission, National Baptist Convention of America; Chairman of Commission on Scouting of the National Baptist Convention of America; served as Chaplain for the Wayne County Sheriff's Department for several years; council member of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit & Vicinity, Inc.; and vice-president of the General Baptist State Convention of Michigan.

Dr. James Edward Flakes has remained a dutiful and loving husband, father and grandfather.  He retired from the position as pastor of Joy Road Missionary Baptist Church on December 31, 2007.  In October 2009 Dr. Flakes was appointed to serve as Interim Pastor of The New Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. On February 21, 2010 he accepted the call to serve as Pastor of New Mt. Vernon. He pledges to remain faithful to his call to continue preaching until God calls him home.

"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart which

 shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."  Jeremiah 3:15


Co-Pastor Jeremy K. Moseley

Jeremy Kenneth Moseley, I. was born on October 9, 1989 to, Reverend Dr. Kenneth Moseley and Ms. Clarice Johnson. As a child growing up he was nurtured in the things of God, in the church, and in his Christian religious beliefs which has catapulted him in a never ending pursuit of a daily renewed and restored relationship with his redeemer, Jesus Christ.

On May 16, 2004, Rev. Moseley preached his first sermon entitled, “Lessons from the Potter’s House” from Jeremiah 18:1-6 at the Bethel Temple Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan. He served there as the Youth Pastor for 3 years under the Leadership of his Father in Ministry, Rev. Damon M. Moseley. He currently serves as Co-Pastor of The New Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of his Pastor and Mentor, Dr. James E. Flakes.

Rev. Moseley is a “2007” graduate of the Detroit School of Arts where he studied Vocal Performance. He has matriculated at Henry Ford Community College and Wayne County Community College majoring in Business Administration. He currently matriculates in the Bachelor of Science Degree program at the Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Georgia majoring in Biblical Studies.

Rev. Moseley is a member of the Central District Baptist Association, the Baptist, Missionary, & Educational Convention of Michigan, and the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Inc.

Rev. Moseley resides in Detroit, Michigan with his childhood sweetheart and wife, Mrs. Britany Nicole Moseley and their son, Jeremy Kenneth Moseley, II and daughter, Bailee Nicole Moseley.


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