Pastor Dexter D. Mims Sr. was born in Knoxville Tennessee to the late Manuel and Haynie Lou Mims. He returned to Knoxville Tennessee in June 2013 called to Pastor St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Mims is married to Aretha Mims. He has 2 sons Dexter Jr. & Malik (Megan) and 4 granddaughters: Kian, Shiloh, Maisley, and Ava Monroe Mims.


Pastor Mims began his first Pastoral ministry at Peach Valley Baptist Church in Gallatin Tennessee were he served 6yrs. Pastor Mims currently serves as the senior Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Knoxville Tennessee were The Lord is blessing them in a mighty way with growth

spiritually, numerically, financially and with a community focused heart.Pastor Mims

is a sought after preacher, revivalist, conference speaker among others. His ministry

reaches a multitude by way of Radio and Television.

Pastor Mims is a graduate of Austin-East High School in Knoxville TN. He then

served in the United States Air Force before landing at Tennessee State

University in Nashville TN. He earn his Bachelor of Arts from The American

Baptist College of the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville TN

with a major in Pastoral Studies. Pastor Mims is currently pursuing his master's

degree of divinity.

Along with his wife Aretha, Pastor Mims has owned barbershops and a

barber college. Aretha continues to excel as a realtor where she has a proven

track record of success.

Pastor Mims has long been civic-minded. He has been a part of the NAACP,

the Shalom Zone, the County Economic Development Board, Big Brothers, the

city school's mentoring program and many other community-related

fellowships. He also serves as a Chaplin to the Knoxville Police department. Pastor Mims believes that the Church is an extension of the community. Pastor Mims has received numerous awards for citizenship,mentoring, humanitarian work, etc. to go along with his commitment to preaching the gospel while serving the people God allows him to lead.