Minister retires after 43 years

The Rev. James H. Pointer Jr. has recently retired from Sioux City Baptist Church, 3222 Pawnee Place, after completing 43 years as their pastor.

An open house in his honor will be 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the church.

Pointer was born on 1944 in Pontiac, Michigan, where he grew up.

Pointer and his wife, Mary, were married in 1964 and blessed with two sons, Matthew and Mark. Pointer ran the pump repair department for a wholesale plumbing business, and then hired on with General Motors' Reliability and Inspection; two years later he enrolled at the Bible Baptist Seminary in Arlington, Texas. He went to school mornings and worked nights at Ling-Tempco (LTV), where he built shipping containers for aircraft parts during the Vietnam war. He graduated in 1970 after three and a half years of study year-round. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as associate pastor in Waterford, Michigan, then in 1972, the Pointers moved to Houston, Texas and then again moved in 1973 to Big Springs, Texas before coming to pastor in Sioux City in 1974.

The 1301 Nebraska St. church property was paid off in 1979-1980. Additional properties on 13th St. and also 1308 Nebraska were purchased and paid for. In the middles of January 2010's blizzard, the church relocated to its current property on Pawnee Place. Shortly after moving in, that property of paid off and the church has remained debt free.

Over 43 years, his work has included leading SCBC to support 40 plus Missionaries (mostly foreign and some within the USA), two Bible colleges preparing men to preach the Gospel, and one Bible Camp devoted to helping teenagers.