- Semple, Dr. James H.
- Date of Death:
- Jul 22, 2012
- Location of Service:
- First Baptist Church - Paris
Dr. James H. Semple, 80, former pastor of First Baptist Church, Paris and Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas State Missions Commission peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 22, 2012, in his home in Dallas, Texas in the company of his wife, Betty Jane Bennett, and family. Born August 23, 1931, in
Services will be held at
Surviving are children Jim Semple, Jr. and wife Becky of Paris, John Semple of Plano, Jan Semple McKinney of Paris, Jill Mazzola and husband, Jody, of Parker, Jenene Cannon and husband Ken of Paris, and JoNel Eads of Paris. Grandchildren are Jeffrey Semple, Jay Semple, Jennifer Elrod, Julie Blount, Jessica Oglesby, John Mark Semple, Brennan Semple, Leah Semple, Janae McKinney Gibson, Jami McKinney, Jill McKinney, Jordan Semple McKinney, Joseph Mazzola, Jared Mazzola, Katie Cannon, Joel Cannon, Jerica Olson, Jeremy Eads, and Joshua Eads. He also leaves 20 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son Robert Stephen , a grandson, Jonathon Thomas Eads, and son-in-law, Dr. Tommy Eads.
Dr. Semple was saved and called into the ministry in the Allapattah Baptist Church in Miami, Florida, and went on to earn a B.A., at Stetson University, Deland, Florida. He then received a B.D., from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in
His student pastorates include the
Following his 25 years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Paris, Dr. Semple accepted the position as Director of the State Missions Commission of the Baptist General Convention of
Books authored or co-authored by Dr. Semple include “Bible Study Lessons: Beliefs Important to Baptists”, Teachers’ Edition, “On Wings Of Eagles”, The History Of FBC White Settlement, “Isaiah and Jeremiah”, Adult Bible Teaching Guide, “Exodus :Freed To Follow God”. “Beliefs Important To Baptists” Study Guide, and “Bible Truths About God”.
Dr. Semple published articles in Home Life, Christianity Today, The Adult Teacher, Home Missions Magazine, Baptist Standard, Florida Baptist Witness, Christian Life, The Baptist Program, Sunday School Leadership, and others. He also was the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board adult lesson writer for the Baptist Standard in
Denominational Service included Executive Committee, Southern Baptist Convention, 1967-75, Executive Board, Baptist General Convention of Texas, 1965-71 and 1977-83, Chairman of the Board, Baptist Church Loan Association, 1968-70, Chairman, Texas Baptist History Committee, 1970, Institutional Study Committee and Church State Study, Baptist General Convention of Texas Administrative Committee, BGCT 1978-84; Chairman, 1984, Board of Trustees, Baptist Standard, 1983-88, Chairman, Constitutional Review Committee, BGCT of Texas, Chairman, Share Jesus Now statewide Personal Evangelism Campaign, 1987-88, General Chairman, ten area-wide crusades, Parliamentarian, Southern Baptist Convention, 1983-84, Parliamentarian, BGCT, 1980, Chairman, Resolutions Committee and Credentials Committee, BGCT, Chairman of the Southern Baptist Nationwide Church Growth Conference, 1992.
Dr. Semple was a well known denomination speaker and preacher. Some of his engagements included Speaker for Evangelism Conferences of Arkansas,
Dr. Semple has been listed in “Who’s Who in South and Southwest” and listed in the first edition of “Who’s Who In Religion”. He was awarded Home Mission Board Outstanding Evangelistic Pastor of a
Dr. Semple’s interim ministries since 1989 include, Westbury Baptist Church of Houston, Texas, First Baptist Church of Brandon, Florida, First Baptist Church of Humble, Texas, First Baptist Church of Kaufman, Texas, Glen Meadows Baptist Church, San Angelo, Texas, First Baptist Church Granbury, Texas, Central Baptist Church Hillsboro, Texas, Evangelism Director Baptist Convention of New Mexico from 2004-2006, Interim Executive Director Baptist Convention of New Mexico in 2005, Shiloh terrace Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, and Pastor, First Baptist Church, Stephenville, Texas. Dr. Semple was an avid fisherman, but an even far more passionate fisher of men.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the James and Betty Semple Scholarship at Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX., to the James and Betty Semple Scholarship at Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX., 75211, or to the Dr. James and Betty Semple Scholarship at First Baptist Church of Stephenville, Texas, 76401.
- Location of Services:
- First Baptist Church
- 207 S. Church