Pastor Lawrence C. Knighton, Senior Pastor

[dropcap]L[/dropcap] awrence C. Knighton is the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The St. James Baptist Church located in Baconton, Georgia. Prior to his current position as pastor of the St. James Baptist Church, he served in many capacities at the Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church where Reverend Lorenzo L. Heard is Senior Pastor. He served in capacities such as Benevolent Assistance Coordinator, Youth Pastor, Christian Education Director, Media Manager and Administrative Pastor.

Pastor Knighton began his preaching ministry in 1995 at the Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. He became pastor of the St. James Baptist Church in May, 2006. Since that time, God has truly shown favor by allowing the church to experience quadruple growth numerically, financially and spiritually since 2006. St. James has averaged 50% of its membership in weekly bible study which is unheard of in most congregations. He attributes this to relevant teaching for the youth and the adults.

Pastor Knighton also is the author of a book that has blessed the lives of many people across the country titled “If It’s Love It Will Last.” You can view the book on his website at  Additionally, he is the part time Marketing and Sales Director for Chick-fil-A in Albany and Leesburg, Georgia.


Since serving at St. James, the ministry has made a major impact in the community in which it serves. The church has been very instrumental in bringing the community closer together through various community activities. The church has sponsored many food drives, car giveaways, movies in the park, youth versus adult softball games, back to school supply giveaways among other things.

Pastor Knighton is married to the lovely former Tracy L. McNair. He has one son, Devon Knighton, and has two grandsons, Devon Jr, and Jordan Michael. Rev. Knighton lives in Albany, Georgia with his wife Tracy.