The Rev. James Paul Maxwell served as the Director of Missions in Oklahoma for 38 years.
The Rev. James Paul Maxwell served as the Director of Missions in Oklahoma for 38 years. Thirty of those years he was Director of Missions in Pottawatomie-Lincoln Baptist Association. The Rev. Maxwell celebrated 65 years of ministry that began in 1944 when he responded to God’s Call to preach and was licensed to preach by First Baptist Church of Richmond, Calif..
While a student at Oklahoma Baptist University, the Rev. Maxwell conducted a weekly Bible study at the Indian TB Sanatorium in Shawnee. He was then appointed by the Home Mission Board to serve as a student summer missionary for two summers in California.
During the school year he served as a volunteer minister assisting Kenneth Howell and the Norge Baptist Church and as a volunteer at the First Mexican church in Oklahoma City where he led music and served as the assistant pastor to the Rev. Alvarado. He was ordained by First Baptist Church in Shawnee in April 1949.
After graduation, he enrolled in Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California. During seminary, he served as minister of education and music director at Sunnyside Southern Baptist Church in San Pablo, Calif. Later he served as the associate pastor and music director at Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Vallejo, Calif. After graduation from Golden Gate, the Rev. Maxwell returned to Oklahoma where he was the associate pastor and music director at Millwood Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
He married Evelyn LeVoe in 1953 at First Baptist Church, Guthrie, where the Rev. Maxwell later served as interim pastor. Following their wedding, he became the pastor of First Baptist Church, Helena. The Maxwells then became directors of the Baptist Good Will Center in Oklahoma City before becoming Director of Missions at Salt Fork Baptist Association where he served in a dual capacity, also as a Baptist Student Union Director at Northwestern State University in Alva. He served there for eight years prior to becoming the director of missions for Pottawatomie-Lincoln Association. Rev. Maxwell has taught comparative religions, ethics and several Bible courses at Northwestern State University for six years.
While serving as DOM in Shawnee, he graduated from CLEET working with four others to start the chaplains program for the Shawnee Police Department.
In 1955 he retired as a reserve police officer but continued with his commission as police chaplain. Rev. Maxwell has six endorsements by the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board as chaplain to Boley, Dept. Of Corrections, Shawnee jail ministry Shawnee Fire Department, Glenn Carter Juvenile Detention Center and the Shawnee Police Department.
The Rev. Maxwell is survived by wife Evelyn LeVoe Maxwell; daughter, Paula Maxwell; son, Dan Maxwell; grandsons, Ben and Copper; brother, Thorton Maxwell; sister, Barbara Cotter and Glynna Widdons.
A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 3, at First Baptist Church under the direction of Walker Funeral Service. Officiating will be Dr. Paul Hammons, the Rev. Larry Sparks, Dr. Paul Calmes, Dr. Russell Cook, Dr. Dan Williams, Dan Maxwell, Paula Maxwell
Memorial donations may be made to Oklahoma Baptist University or to the First Baptist Church.