About Us

Pastor James M. Countee, Sr.

Pastor James Martin Countee is a native of Prince Georges County, Maryland. He is the tenth child of eleven children born to the late William Thomas, Jr. & the late Lillian Francis Countee. He was educated in the Maryland Public School Systems.

Rev. Countee married his God sent “help-meet,” the former Doretha Williams, on July 22, 1976; and to this happy union God blessed them with two children James, Jr. & Brianna. He is has a son-in-law, John, a grandfather of three; Trenton (TJ), Jada and John II (Deuce), and god-father of Dominique Bynum.

Rev. Countee confessed his faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized in 1985 by Rev. Moyer Foddrell at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Warrenton, VA. He was called to the Gospel Ministry in 1987, preached his initial sermon and was licensed in October 1988. While serving as an Associate Minister there, he established a Bible Study Ministry at the Prince William County Juvenile Detention Center, Dumfries Va.

Rev Countee is a graduate of the Washington Baptist Seminary, Class of 2001. He received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Richmond Virginia Seminary in 2004. He’s also taken additional classes at the Washington Bible College, Lanham, MD and the Luther Wright Bible College, in Illinois.

He’s been privileged to have served as an Associate Minister at the following churches: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Warrenton, VA, Oak Shade Baptist Church, Catlett, VA, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Poughkeepsie, NY, Kendall Baptist Church, Temple Hills, MD, and St. John’s Baptist, Arlington, VA where he served for 17 years and was responsible for the Evangelistic Ministry, Christian Education Director and instrumental in the establishing the Disciple Developing Institute. After faithful and dedicated service he was Ordained in January 2004.

In 2009, Rev. Countee was called to assist the St. Job Baptist Church, Clinton, MD. He served as the Assistant to the Pastor and in 2010 he was voted as the Assistant Pastor, and Youth Bible Study Teacher. In 2011, he was voted as Co-Pastor and in October 2012 the St. Job members voted to have him become their 4th Pastor beginning, January 2013. He’s humbled and honored to have the privilege of pastoring “St. Job Baptist Church” for the last seven years. He is excited about the Word of God and thankful to the Lord for this awesome opportunity to lead His people.

First Lady Doretha Countee

Mrs. Doretha Countee a native of California, affectionately known as “Doe” or “Speedy” (for she moves rather swiftly), was born to the late John Wesley Williams and Betty Jo Williams-Spencer.  She is the oldest of 10 children.  In 1975, she moved to the East Coast, Washington, DC and accepted a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Her plans were to return to California the following year, but God had other plans for her life.  She met and married the love of her life, James M. Countee the following year.

Doe joined church at an early age, and her leadership, training and experiences has prepared her well to support her husband in his new role as Pastor. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Oak Shade Baptist Church, Catlett, VA., under the tutelage of Pastor Jesse Jones and First Lady Beverly Jones and St. John’s Baptist Church under the tutelage of Pastor John J. Nicholas, Jr., and the late Mother Dorothy 

Nicholas.  Her love of learning and studying the Word, serving and encouraging others began as the result of her membership at Doe has always been a cheerful and willing worker and loves to serve and assist others wherever she is needed.  As a child, she remembers others helping her family, which made a significant impact on her life. She has a positive outlook on the spiritual growth of the St. Job church family. She has been a faithful and dedicated supporter of her husband’s vision and growth at this church for over seven years.

She and Rev. Countee have been married for 44 years and have two children, James, Jr. & Brianna, three grandchildren, Trenton (TJ), Jada, John II (Deuce) and a goddaughter Dominique Bynum.

Doe’s favorite scriptures, which have been mainstays throughout her life are Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turneth away wrath but grievous words stir up anger” and Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

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