Jimmy DeMoss – along with Henry Wood and others – was instrumental in the organization of Texarkana Reformed Baptist Church (TRBC) in 1978. He has, since that time, served as pastor/elder of the church. Jimmy and his late wife Lillian – who died in 2013 after 56 years of marriage, have five grown children, nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Jimmy was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He spent three years in the Marine Corps: 1953-1956. Shortly after his discharge, he married his highschool sweetheart, Lillian (Lil) Gheen in early 1957. He was also converted in 1957 – the two most important events of his life coming in the same year.
While attending the University of Houston, Jimmy became convinced that he should prepare for the gospel ministry. In 1961 he transferred to Lexington Baptist College in Kentucky, where in 1963 he graduated with a BA and in 1964 a ThB. Jimmy has been in the pastoral ministry since graduating from college. He pastored Bethel Baptist Church in McCamey, Texas and two churches in Texarkana. He has always been a bi-vocational pastor. (But, he insists that he was never a part-time pastor.) Jimmy worked as a draftsman for the Texas Highway Department while in West Texas, and after coming to Texarkana he taught high school and retired after 27½ years with the Texarkana Arkansas School District. While teaching at Arkansas High he earned his MEd degree from East Texas State University at Texarkana.
During the first 20 years as pastor/elder of TRBC, Jimmy shared the pulpit ministry with the other elders. Since the mid-1990’s his ministry has primarily consisted in teaching various Sunday School classes, pastoral counseling, visiting the elderly and members of TRBC, and in handling most of the administrative functions of the church.
Jimmy’s favorite pastime is visiting with family and friends, watching old western movies, and painting – he is a landscape artist.