Our First Lady

Mrs. Gwanetta V. Flanagan-Sykes


Welcome first time viewers, guest, friends, family and fellow Christians.

As the First Lady of St. James Baptist Church, it is my honor and privilege to personally invite you to join our SJBC family on a spiritual journey with people who are praising and pressing towards Gods purpose. At SJBC, we embrace God’s word and yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit by seeking His presence with the foundational knowledge that it is not about the will of man but the will of God.  Our ministry understands life comes with many challenges which we all face and process differently.  As a confident woman of God committed to ministry, I am here to support you in your spiritual walk. 

Understanding that we all stumble and the pain is not from the fall, it’s from the inability to rise again.  Our promise from God is that He will never leave us or forsake.  As Christians, we encourage you to let go and let God.  Praise Him not just on the mountain top but in valley.  In Jeremiah 29:11 we are reminded of God’s plan for each of our lives, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  God is waiting for us to claim our predestined inheritance and be nurtured in His word among a body of believers who bear fruit, not just leaves.  God is calling for the opportunity to guide us and take us from a place of pain to joy and raise us from a level of defeat to victory.  This is “our” season to not just hear and answer God’s call, but commit to His will for our lives.