Church Motto

The church striving to be the light of the community

St. James Church is a multi-generational church that sits in the Afro-Centric City of Riviera Beach, Florida, in proximity to some of the finest beaches in South Florida. St. James serves Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County and beyond. The church maintains a relevant Youth Church and a plethora of ministries as it seeks positive transformation in prophetic ministry.

The rich history and stability of St. James Church can be identified in its fifty-five (55) year history where the church has had only two Pastoral Leaders, the founding Pastor, Dr. A. H. Lockett (Emeritus, 32 years) and the current Pastor, Dr. Tony F. Drayton (23 years). The church’s motto is, “The church striving to be the light of the community.”



St. James Church envisions the church to Proclaim the Gospel, Evangelize throughout the world and build the Kingdom of God. Matthew 28:19-20


Our mission is to be the Light of the community and world. We will direct our efforts through Preaching, Teaching, Evangelizing, and Witnessing: 1) To demonstrate love and show compassion. 2) To alleviate suffering by meeting both physical and spiritual needs. 3) To serve the community by rendering the necessary services to facilitate the development of an abundant life. – Matthew 5:13

Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


What To Expect

Attending a church service can be a meaningful experience for many individuals. It is a time to connect with others who share similar beliefs and values, and to reflect on one's own spirituality. You can expect to get inspired and to feel a sense of community and belonging.

We will give you a fulfilling and enriching experience that will deepen your spiritual connection.