Assemblies of God News

James K. Bridges passes into eternity

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 - 7:37 AM CST

James K. Bridges

Rev. James K. Bridges, the former general treasurer of the Assemblies of God (1993-2008), went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 31, 2010, after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 75.

Brother Bridges was born in 1935 in Houston — a Texas heritage that he proudly claimed throughout his life. He began his ministry in the South Texas District in 1952, graduating from Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, Texas, in 1958 followed immediately by being ordained in June of 1958. He would go on to pastor various churches in Texas and Kansas for the next 20 years before serving at SAGU for three years as a vice president.

From 1977 to 1981, Bridges was the assistant superintendent of the North Texas District Council. He was elected superintendent of the North Texas District Council in 1981 and served in that position until 1993, when he was elected the general treasurer of the Assemblies of God during the 45th General Council in Minneapolis. He also served as a sectional presbyter, a general presbyter and an executive presbyter during his years of service, as well as on numerous boards and national committees. Since his retirement as general treasurer in 2008, the Bridgeses made their home in Waxahachie — serving at SAGU, conducting services, and playing a key role in the annual national AG Prayer and Bible Conference.

"James Bridges has lived his life with the greatest of integrity and commitment to God's Word," states AG General Superintendent George O. Wood, who served with Bridges for his 15 years at the national headquarters. "He served and deeply loved his family, his church, his community and his God — he was a true Pentecostal statesmen whom we will greatly miss."

Known as a strident supporter and minister of God's Word, Bridges stated in a 2002 interview that a SAGU theology instructor, William Burton McCafferty, who was also present in Hot Springs in 1914, had incredible influence upon his life. "He taught me not just the Word, but an attitude toward the Word — a great sense of awe and respect for it being the eternal Word of God," Bridges said. Of note, when Bridges was elected as general treasurer, the theme for that year's General Council was "Live the Word."

Bridges was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Estelline Bridges. He is survived by his two sisters, Jo Marie Phelps of Roswell, New Mexico, and Patricia Lea Williams of Houston, Texas; his wife of 55 years, Joyce Sterling Bridges; their three sons: Kermit and Jan of Waxahachie; Kendall and Starla of Carrollton, Texas; and Keenan of Waxahachie; and eight grandchildren.

The memorial service for Dr. James K. Bridges will be held Thursday, June 3 at 2 in the afternoon at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the Sheaffer Full Life Center (1200 Sycamore Lane, Waxahachie). Visitation will be Wednesday, June 2 from 6-8 p.m. at University Assembly of God Church (221 Solon Road, Waxahachie). Funeral arrangements will be provided by Waxahachie Funeral Home.

Author: AG News


Editor's note: For a selection of three videos featuring Brother Bridges, including his retirement reception, click here. To read the Assemblies of God Heritage magazine interview of Brother Bridges, click here




Search Archives