Columbus, Ga. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is recognizing Pastor Reverend Joseph Baker for his years of service to the Chattahoochee River Valley with an Official U.S. Senate Commendation.
Since 2013, Pastor Baker has served the Columbus community as the 52nd pastor of St. James AME Church at the local, conference, and episcopal levels and as Dean of the Southwest Georgia Annual Conference Board of Examiners.
From creating partnerships with the Columbus Technical College to offer GED studies at Saint James Church to pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry to enhance his impact and reach more communities, Pastor Baker has admirably served the Columbus community.
“Mr. President, I rise to commend Reverend Joseph Baker of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church for his lifetime of service to the Chattahoochee River Valley and the State of Georgia.
“For the past 30 years, Pastor Baker has been a beacon of hope and service for members of the communities he’s served since answering the call to preach in 1993.
“After relocating to Atlanta from Orlando to continue his higher education journey, Pastor Joseph Baker served as Senior Pastor of Saint Paul AME Church in Canton, Georgia, and both Saint Mary’s AME and Townsley Chapel AME Churches in Savannah, Georgia.
“Since July 2013, Pastor Baker has served the Columbus community as the 52nd pastor of St. James AME Church at the local, conference and episcopal levels. He also serves as Dean of the Southwest Georgia Annual Conference Board of Examiners and as a member of the Southwest Georgia Annual Conference Board of Trustees, Support of Presiding Elders and Ministerial Classification.
“A product of the Suwannee County School System, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Pastor Baker continues to find ways to open doors of opportunity for others through access to education.
“For example, Pastor Baker established a partnership with Columbus Technical College to offer GED studies at St. James AME.
“Mr. President, as Georgia’s U.S. Senator, I commend and recognize St. James AME Pastor Reverend Joseph Baker for a lifetime of service on behalf of the State of Georgia.”