I was born Joseph Theodore Nettles, III, on May 17th, 1971, in McComb, Mississippi, to James Ray and Virginia Paulette Nettles, both faithful Primitive Baptists and members of Union Primitive Baptist Church in Ruth, MS. My childhood was idyllic and happy, with many memories formed while on the church grounds of my home church, Union, as well as her sister churches which comprised the Amite Primitive Baptist Association (now named the East Amite Association). The Lord also blessed me greatly with three sisters whom I love - Beth, Sharon, and Angela.
Truly, I was blessed in 1993 to marry Laura Eve Moore from Clinton, Louisiana. The Lord has graciously given us four healthy, natural children (Royce, Madeline, Audrey, and Camille) whom we adore. In 2005, we adopted our dearly loved fifth child, Ava, from China.
My secular profession is as a registered nurse, having obtained an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Southwest Mississippi Community College in 1992. In my career as a nurse I’ve worked mainly in various emergency rooms, as an operating room nurse, and currently in a cardiac catheterization lab. I am thankful for this profession but pray to some day focus solely on ministry if the Lord allows.
Ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry in 2001, I have been blessed to serve Union Primitive Baptist Church in Ruth, MS (2001-2004), New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Tylertown, MS (2001-2004), and Vidalia Old Line Primitive Baptist Church in Vidalia, Georgia (2006-2013). The Lord, I believe, led me to move from Georgia to Bartahatchie to serve Sulphur Springs Primitive Baptist, whose pastorship I assumed in July 2013. My ministerial efforts, though seemingly frail, have brought me great joy in the kingdom of heaven. I pray to dwell peaceably among simple, humble Primitive Baptists till the Lord allows me home and that my time among them exhibits some benefit to the cause of Christ.