Rev. James Cheesman
Associate Pastor, Worship
James Cheesman was called to serve as Associate Pastor at FBC Farmersville in the spring of 2015. His primary role is leading the music
and worship ministry of the church. He also helps in other ministry areas and loves teaching, discipleship, and missions. James lives
in Farmersville with his wife, Megan, who is also a church musician and a piano teacher. James met Megan, who is originally from Canada,
in Fort Worth, where they were married in January 2015. James and Megan are blessed to have a precious baby girl, Claire.
James' father, a Music Minister in Cuero, Texas, cultivated a love for music in James from an early age. James plays the piano, guitar,
French horn, mandolin, accordion, and various other instruments. He also is a vocalist and a choral enthusiast. He enjoys songwriting,
including writing rock melodies, acoustic ballads, praise and worship songs and hymns, as well as composing and arranging choral and
instrumental music. Sheet music, chord charts, lead sheets, and recordings of several of James' original songs and arrangements are
available on his website (www.jamescheesman.com). His compositions and arrangements
have been sung by high school choirs, seminary choirs, men's ensembles, youth choirs, and church choirs in Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, and
After graduating from Cuero High School, James attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Church Music
with a Concentration in Piano and a Minor in Religion. James went on to earn his Master's Degree in Church Music with a Concentration in
Music Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
James has been leading worship since he was 16. He served as the Minister of Music at FBC Marlin, Texas, where he was ordained in August 2012,
an intern at First Baptist Nashville, Tennessee and the Music and Worship Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
James is a big fan of the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys, Baylor Bears football and basketball, and various soccer teams (FC Dallas,
Tottenham Hotspur, and USA Soccer). Since he married a Canadian, he has even started following hockey. He and Megan also run frequently and
get pretty competitive when playing board games.