James C. Fields Jr.
James C. Fields, Jr. was born to Cleophus and Ophelia Minnitt Fields on November 27, 1954. He and his wife, Yvette Moorer Fields have 7 children and 18 grandchildren.
James graduated from Hanceville High School in 1973 and attended Gadsden State Junior College from 1973-1975, where he majored in Law Enforcement and Sociology. James further advanced his studies at Jacksonville State University. He became a graduate in December of 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Sociology. His thirst for knowledge didn’t stop there. Following college, James attended the Marine Corps. Officers School in Quantico, Virginia from 1976-1978 and he received an Honorable Discharge.
James is no stranger to hard work, in fact, his work experience and community involvement have molded him and prepared to be a leader in his community and the state. In his early years, James worked on his family small farm. He held his first public job at the age of 16 in the dietary department of Cullman Medical Center. Later he paid his way through college with a series of jobs at the Golden Rod Broiler Poultry Processing Plant, Lansing Industries, Cullman Products, and Bowden Electric Motor Company. After college, James began working for the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, where served for over 28 years, assisting the public in locating jobs and he worked as a supervisor of the North Alabama Unemployment Fraud Division Investigators. He retired from this position to seek the Office of State Representative District 12, to devote his entire energy to serving the people of District 12.He was elected, January 29, 2008 in a Special election and served until November 2, 2010, with distinction and honor.
James Fields desire to serve God’s people was evident in his involvement and affiliations with various organizations and is driven by his love for God. Today, he serves as a pastor at St. James United Methodist Church, a position he has held for the past twelve years. He has served as a pastor for the past eighteen years in the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church. In addition, James has also served as a Youth director, Young Adults Coordinator and United Methodist Men President. He served two quadrennium on the General Board of Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns of The United Methodist Church.
James is concerned, compassionate, consistent and committed. He believes that if something matters to the people, it matters to him, always with the community’s best interest and improvement in mind. James is a man shaped by the Cullman County Public School System, with morals, values, and a deep love for the people of Cullman County, the state and our Country. Some of his past experience in service includes and not limited to:
• Board member of the Cullman American Red Cross
• Board member of the Cullman County Extension Program
• Board member and past Chairman of the North Alabama Council of Gov.
• Board member of Parenting Against Drug Use
• CRMC Community Outreach Committee
• Head of the Amateur Athletic Union
• Hanceville Pee-Wee basketball for 11 years
• Board of Directors of Community Action Partnership
• Board of Directors North Alabama Head Start Program
James Fields’ role as an involved community leader is not limited to just the duties above. He currently serves as a:
• Director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation
• Vice-Chairman of the Cullman Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees
• Board of Directors of the Hanceville Civitan
• Charter member of the Colony Lions Club
• Board member of Victim Service of Cullman
James’ character, integrity, and humble home-grown philosophy set him apart from the rest. His belief is rooted in the scripture, where it says,” When you’ve done it to the least of these my children, you’ve done it unto me” Matthew 25:44-46.
James knows the needs of people, because he is one of the people and he has many years of serving Cullman County and our Great State and working with others to make positive changes.