Reverend Dr. Jamey O. Graham, Sr. is a native of Andrews, South Carolina. He is the fourth child born to Mr. Paul (the late Feary Mae) Graham. He received his public education in the Georgetown County School District. Reverend Graham furthered his education by enrolling into Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina where he graduated number one in his class and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a teaching certification in Social Studies. Upon graduation, Reverend Graham was employed at Mayo High School for Math Science and Technology in Darlington S.C., as a Social Studies teacher. While at Morris College, Reverend Graham served as Student representative to the Board of Trustees. He served as president of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, and State President of the Student South Carolina Education Association. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
He has received many honors and awards including a listing in Who’s Who among outstanding students in Colleges and Universities, Presidential Scholar, O.R. Reuben Scholar, Dean’s List, recipient of the UNCF/Andrew Mellon Fellowship, and a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. honor scholarship at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.
Reverend Graham is a graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) where he received a Master of Divinity degree. He has also earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to his studies at CRCDS and McCormick Theological Seminary, Reverend Graham studied abroad at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, which afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the Holy Land.
Reverend Graham has served as pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Darlington S.C. and is currently pastor of Saint John Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Under his leadership at Saint John Baptist Church, the surrounding community is being helped through the Food Pantry and Benevolence Ministry. On Christmas Eve, Saint John Baptist Church reaches out to the homeless/hopefuls and needy in the community with a dinner meal at the church. Over 800 persons from agencies and facilities that serve the homeless are in attendance.
He currently serves as the Moderator of the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Association and is currently serving as a Regional Vice-President for The Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. Reverend Graham has served on University of South Carolina Project Impact and on the Advisory Board of Project F.A.I.T.H (Fostering AIDS Initiatives That Heal) which is a state-wide demonstration project of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council (SCHAC) designed to empower and build the capacity of churches and other faith-based entities to create local solutions to local problems. The initiative included the provision of funding for thirty-four churches within the state of South Carolina. Reverend Graham has also served on the Advisory Board of South Carolina Community Bank.
He is married to the former Ms. Yvette Dukes of Kingstree, South Carolina, who is a third grade teacher at Polo Elementary School. Together they have three children, Jamey O’Neal Graham, Jr., Jayda Orin Graham and Jasmyn Olivia Graham.
Reverend Graham’s love for preaching the gospel with clarity and power affords him the privilege to conduct revivals, seminars, and other workshops for church growth and development. He is a gospel preacher and a Christian gentleman. He loves the Lord and his soul’s desire is to be like Jesus.