Rev. Dr. Michael T. McQueen has made it his mission to empower changed people to change the world. His message is clear: If Christians are to positively impact the world; they must be willing to minister beyond the walls of the church.
As Senior Pastor of St. James United Methodist Church since 2006, Rev. McQueen leads one of the fastest growing church congregations in Alpharetta, GA. Since coming to St. James, the church has grown from approximately 1,500 members to over 3,500 members, and more than 36 ministries that share the love of Christ and glorify God by embracing, equipping and empowering people to go and make disciples for Jesus Christ.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Reverend McQueen is a graduate of Drexel University. He earned a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees, with honors, from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). He has served as an adjunct professor at the ITC and has been on staff at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the area of Contextual Education.
Reverend McQueen previously served as Senior Pastor at Ousley United Methodist Church in Lithonia Georgia. Prior to his pastoral duties at Ousley, he was the Associate and Senior Associate Pastor at Ben Hill United Methodist Church from 1993 to 2001.
Included in his many awards and accolades is the 2011 Harry Denman Conference Award for Evangelism which is given to the Pastor who has demonstrated excellence in evangelism, and the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Gammon Theological Seminary.
A popular guest preacher and revivalist, Reverend McQueen’s progressive, Bible-based message has reached hundreds of people in locations around the world including Africa and throughout North America. He has served as Ben Hill’s Coordinator for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, an initiative of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, purposed for strengthening black churches within the denomination. His pilotage resulted in Ben Hill’s receipt of the 2000 Award of Excellence as a Congregation Resource Center.
An unprecedented teacher and trainer, Reverend McQueen’s credits include the development of the Ben Hill Training Institute, a training center for the Body of Christ. He initiated Ministers in Training, a program designed to train aspiring seminary students who have acknowledged their call to Christian ministry. Reverend McQueen traveled to Zimbabwe, South Africa to train their local clergy regarding church and family concerns. He led an advance missionary team to Kenya to assist in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to build mud homes. He has also traveled to Haiti on a medical mission trip ministering to over 800 people. Reverend McQueen has routinely facilitated Bible Study and lay and clergy workshops and regularly provides workshop leadership at various marriage conferences.
A firm believer in community involvement, Reverend McQueen has served on various boards to include the North Georgia Committee on Congregational Development, United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union, Simpsonwood Board, the Youth Hope Builders Academy, the United Methodist Children’s Home, Kings Ridge Christian School, Faith Journey, the Franklin Graham Festival Regional Pastors Team and the Atlanta-Roswell District Committee of Ordained Ministry.
Reverend McQueen is a very devoted husband to his wife, Wanda and is the proud father of two sons, Michael II and Malik.
A Husband, Father, Pastor and Friend, Reverend Tariq Zayid Cummings has been devoted to spreading the love of God through God’s Son Jesus by the Power of The Holy Ghost. Revered as one of the United Methodist Churches up and coming leaders and preachers, Rev. Cummings (Pastor T) has graced these United States with his ability to Engage, Encourage and to Equip God’s people through workshops, social services and worship experiences.
Born in Pontiac, Michigan, Pastor Cummings acknowledged God’s grace at an early age. He is a graduate of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas with a B.A. in Sociology and a graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2013. He is the 2013 recipient of the United Negro College Fund Outstanding Young Alumni for Philander Smith College. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
Pastor Cummings previously served as the Senior Pastor of the Algood Road United Methodist Church in Stone Mountain, GA from 2013-2015. At the 2015 North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, Pastor Cummings was Commissioned as a Provisional Elder and appointed Associate Pastor to the St. James United Methodist Church of Alpharetta, GA.
Pastor Cummings is married to the former Tamika Evette Roberts of North Little Rock, Arkansas, who is his best friend and inspiration.