Mingo Thames

bishop and founder

of Jesus Church Ministries

Bishop Mingo Thames was born in Harpersville, MS located in Scott County to the late Janie Odom Thames and Jim Thames.  He relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana at the early age of twelve. He attended Crispus Attucks High School and was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War from 1964-1965. After returning home he gain employment with General Motors at the Detroit Diesel Allison plant.


After many years of searching for answers bishop received Jesus Christ in his life in 1974 at the Fold of Christ Apostolic Church under the leadership of his father-in-law Bishop Rogers Archie.  In this ministry Bishop Thames was ordained as an Elder and began to have a desire for souls to be saved.


Bishop Thames is married to Mother Mary Louise Archie Thames.  This wondrous union has been sustained for 47 years.  Bishop has four children, Kenny,  Anita, Mingo II, and Requel and 8 grandchildren.


After moving back to Mississippi his job at GM transferred him to the Delco Remy plant in Laurel, MS.  At this time he began pastoring a new assembly named Samuel’s Temple.  After a short period there the Lord led him to begin ministry in his home. This would eventually open doors for a new church building.  In 1985, Jesus Church Ministry of the Apostolic Faith was birthed with Pastor Mingo Thames as founder and pastor.  He later retired from Delco Remy in 1997.


He has continually blessed the church and the community with his wisdom, interpretation, and revelation of the scriptures.  He has a strong belief that saints should read the book of Proverbs in the morning to receive direction and guidance for the day.  Then read the book of Psalms at night to replenish ones soul of all that has been released during the course of the day to live a saved life.


He is a Bishop that will help you do good but continually expresses that he will not help you do bad.  He has helped many to receive new life with his patience, longsuffering and understanding of their situations.  His thought is that God is patient with us and so we must be patient with others.


His firmness in the Bible rest with Romans 8: 28


“And we know that all things work together for the good, for them who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.”

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