Pastor Jim

Dr. Jim Mersereau

Dr. Jim Mersereau is a native of Edison, New Jersey. His wife Linda is originally from North Hampton, Mass. They have four children – Rick, who lives in Crossville, Tracy who live in Southern California, and Tom and Adam who are both on active duty in the U.S. Navy.

Jim is a retired Navy Lieutenant Commander. After retiring from the Navy he went to Seminary while working as a Family Counselor and the Associate Pastor of Hilltop Baptist Church in Chula Vista, CA. He then served as the pastor of Bancroft Baptist Church in San Diego, CA; Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church in El Centro, CA; Vice-President of the Christian Emergency Relief Team in Crossville, TN; and in January 2009 he answered the call to become the pastor of Oak Hill Baptist Church.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas; a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from National University; a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from the Southern California Seminary; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andersonville Baptist Seminary.

He enjoys jogging, weight lifting, kayaking, bicycling, golf, and reading and collecting books. Jim is also a writer. His articles and short stories have been published in newspapers and magazines, and he has recently published his second book, “Walking with Paul, A Journey Through the Lessons of Ephesians” published by the Foresight Publishing Group. (

“Serving at Oak Hill Baptist has been a rich and spiritually rewarding experience for Linda and I. We look forward to many years of fruitful ministry here. Our passion is to lead Oak Hill to become a full-fledged Acts 1:8 church, on-mission with God in Jerusalem (Crossville), Judea (Tennessee), Samaria (The USA), and to the very ends of the earth (International missions).”

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