James is a 4th generation descendant of the Smith Family (Jones County, MS) who served as the Associate Pastor for 13 years at Agape Church in San Luis Obispo, CA. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, James completed his Doctorate of Ministry in July of 2000. James has a genuine love for people and is passionate to see the church look like heaven… people of every race, every culture, every age and every background worshiping God, loving God, loving one another and living life together!
Nece was raised on the Central Coast of California. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA before returning home to complete her studies in Early Childhood Education at Cal Poly. Her passion for children and the family fuels the vision for the agapeKIDS Ministry. Married since 2000, James and Nece have four children (Samuel, Micah, Ezekiel & Gabriel) who they enjoy very much.
Jay has led worship in a variety of environments from church services and student ministry events to conferences and international mission experiences. Jay received his Bachelor of Science from Delta State University and has completed the WorshipU program at Bethel Church in Redding, California. Prior to joining Agape Church in 2015, Jay served on the worship team at JH Ranch in Etna, CA and led worship for Fondren Church in Jackson, MS. Laura graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama. It is the prayer of the Johns that the Church encounter God and be ignited with Christ through reverent and powerful worship experiences that bring glory to God. Jay and Laura have been married for four years and have a son, Levi.