Meet Our Regional Leaders: Jim Cannon

Meet Our Regional Leaders BPFI

Several months ago, we did a series on this blog entitled “Meet Our Regional Leaders.” According to our polity, our family of churches is organized into geographic regions. These regions are led by Regional Leaders, who you’ve been introduced to through this blog series.

Recently, Sovereign Grace has had some encouraging developments. One of the many good things God is doing in Sovereign Grace is that a new region was recently formed. On June 12, the Northeast Region voted to create a new region known as the Mid-Atlantic Region. This region includes the Sovereign Grace churches in Maryland and Northern Virginia. With the formation of this new region, we now have 7 regions in Sovereign Grace. And the Northeast Region moves from having 24 churches to 19.

Thus, with the formation of the Mid-Atlantic Region, the Regional Nominating Committee in that region (Larry Malament, Jimmy Cannon, and John Loftness) nominated Jim Cannon to be the Regional Leader. Jim was affirmed for this role, via a vote, by the elders in this new region.

jim-cannon-rlI’m personally very excited about this new region because the churches in the Mid-Atlantic will help us be more effective in planting churches and reaching the lost with the gospel in their area. However, I really want you to hear the vision and excitement that Jim Cannon has for his new region. So, we’ve asked Jim some questions so you can hear his excitement and get to know him better:

What local church do you pastor? Sovereign Grace Church in Joppa, Maryland.

How long have you been a pastor? 25 years this coming December.

How long have you been a part of Sovereign Grace? Our church was adopted in 1985.

Which churches are in your region? Grace Church, Clarksburg, Maryland (Senior Pastor: Larry Malament), Sovereign Grace Church, Joppa, Maryland (Senior Pastor: Jimmy Cannon), Iglesia Gracia Soberana, Gaithersburg, Maryland (Senior Pastor: Jose Mercado), Solid Rock Church, Riverdale, Maryland (Senior Pastor: John Loftness), and Grace Community Church, Ashburn, Virginia (Senior Pastor: Bob Donohue).

What is your vision for your region? Our vision is to build a strong, relationally-based region of elders who are deeply committed to one another and to partnering together to advance the gospel, build our existing churches, and plant new churches within our region.

What are the pastors in your region excited about? We are excited about forming a close-knit, relationally-based region. As we currently consist of five churches located within 90 minutes of each other, we very much look forward to coming together to build strong relationships with each other, to encourage and support one another in fulfilling our God-given call as elders, and to partner together to fulfill the vision for our region.


Mark Prater is the Executive Director for Sovereign Grace and serves as an elder at Covenant Fellowship Church. He and his wife, Jill, have three married daughters and a growing number of grandchildren.