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.

Pastor's Corner

We are glad that you have chosen to visit our Web site. We are a church fellowship with a passion to reach out to the lost and build up believers in Jesus Christ. The symbol on our logo is a pillar and the pillar sums up what Living Truth is all about. Paul wrote to the young Pastor Timothy in 1 Timothy 3:15;“But in case I am delayed, I write so that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”

The people of Living Truth have embraced this threefold description of our name:


  • (1) Living Truth emphasizes Jesus Christ. He is the embodiment of truth (John 14:6; Ephesians 4:21). He is the “God of truth” (Psalm 31:5; Isaiah 65:16). He is the Head of the church (Ephesians 5:23) and He is the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). He is also the One we are to become like (Romans 8:29; Ephesians. 4:15).

  • (2) Living Truth emphasizes the power and “aliveness” of God’s Word. “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). The church must “preach the Word” (“the truth”) (see 2 Timothy 4:1-5, cf. 2 Peter 2:1-2). It is God’s truth that saves (Romans 1:16) — Specifically, the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 12-13; 1 Timothy 2:4). God’s truth sets us free (John 8:31-36; Romans 8:1-2) and sanctifies (John 17:17). God’s Word is alive and powerful and its truth will impact, change, and shape lives.

  • (3) Living Truth is what we are all supposed to be about. We are to live (out) truth (1 Peter 1:22-23; 2 Peter 1:12). We are to teach and disciple people to do this in their every day lives, on Sunday morning, at their workplace, school, sports program, hobbies, etc. The church must be mission-minded. We, the church, by God’s grace and power, need to remember who we are and what we are to be doing. Our prayer is to see an evangelistic fire, a passion for corporate outreach, as well as a desire for everyone in the fellowship to reach their “sphere of influence.” As we collectively live out truth (Ephesians 4:1), people will be touched around us and God will be glorified (Matthew 5:13-16).

Discovering God’s Answers to Your Struggles:

How to Better Handle the “Unknown” and the “Unexpected.”
-Psalm 46:1, 10, 11

The Unknown

  • 1.Will I make it?

  • 2.Will I be able to handle growing older?

  • 3.Will I be able to provide for my family?

  • 4.Will things ever get better than they are right now

  • or will they get worse?

  • 5.The “what ifs” of life?

  • 6.We don’t like not knowing what is ahead

The Unexpected

  • 1.Loss of a job

  • 2.Death of a loved one

  • 3.Failure of a business

  • 4.Leaving of a spouse

  • 5.We don’t like facing things that we haven’t planned for or didn’t anticipate.

How Christians face these struggles:

  • -1.Remember everyone struggles with something, but as Christians, we should learn to struggle well.

  • -2.In Christ — Colossians 3:3

  • -3.In faith — by and through faith — Hebrews 11

What is in us?

  • ​John writes in his Gospel, chapter 1:4: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” As we begin the month of May, we may ponder the question: What is in us? This is an important question because we are who we are as a result of what is on the inside of us. The Bible reminds us that “there is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” (Mark 7:15). This verse reveals that nothing from the outside can truly defile a person. This is not to infer that external or worldly influences are not real, but that they only have potential as a result of gaining access. In other words, one must give way to the temptations of this world.  Each individual must determine what is allowed on the inside of them. Jesus stated it best when He said: “We are not to be of the world just as He is not of the world.” (John 17:16). Jesus lived His entire life in this world, but the things of this world never represented who He was.