Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Jim Crockett is a native of San Antonio, but lived many years in central Oklahoma.  He was called to Westhampton Christian Church in July 2008 after serving Disciples congregations as senior minister in Oklahoma and Georgia.  He was ordained in the Oklahoma region. 

Before attending seminary, Jim served in several church lay positions.  He was adult Sunday school teacher, elder, board member, board vice-chair, membership and evangelism committee member, and pastoral relations committee chair.

In addition to a master of divinity degree cum laude from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Jim holds four other degrees, including bachelor's degrees in history and biology, the master of business administration degree, and the doctor of chiropractic degree.  He practiced as a chiropractic physician in Oklahoma for over 18 years. 

After seminary, Jim received a four-year graduate fellowship to study at Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University, where he achieved candidacy status for the doctor of philosophy degree in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling.  His ministry training included a one-year pastoral counseling internship at the TCU Pastoral Care Center, and four units (one year) of parish-based clinical pastoral education through the Integris Health System in Oklahoma City. 

Jim served three years as a member of the Commission on Clergy of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma, and two years as clergy sexual ethics trainer for the Oklahoma region.  Jim holds Georgia public school teaching certifications in the areas of science, business administration, middle grades social science and health science technology.  He maintains licenses to practice chiropractic in Oklahoma and Georgiaand is a fairly good amateur carpenter and shade-tree mechanic.

Jim and Lori married in 1990.  Lori was born and raised in a small west Texas town between Abilene and Midland.  Together Lori and Jim have nine children—yours, mine, ours and theirs—with only one, Isaac (11) remaining at home.  Lori earned a bachelor's degree in family and consumer science, a master's degree in human resources, an education specialist degree in teaching and learning, and is currently working toward a doctor of education degree.  In Oklahoma she worked as an investigator of abuse and neglect in a state residential facility for people who were both mentally and physically disabled, and later as a Department of Human Services case manager.  She holds Georgia and Virginia public school teaching credentials in the areas of family and consumer science, special education and middle grades science.  She now teaches middle school special education.

Lori has served the church in several lay capacities, including Sunday school teacher, deacon, board member, and membership and evangelism committee chair.  She is currently a deacon, and a Storyteller in the Children Worship and Wonder program.  As a former teacher of family and consumer science, Lori particularly enjoys cooking and baking.