The Rev. James L. Pyatt is the newly-appointed pastor at Central United Methodist Church, Mount Airy. He is a third generation clergy member of the WNC Annual Conference.
Pyatt received his B.A. in music from Duke University, his M.A. in musicology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. He has served in the WNC Annual Conference for more than 25 years.
He has been a member of the WNC Conference Commission on Archives and History since 1991, and has served as chair from 1992 until 2000 and again since 2004. He served on the SEJ Commission on Archives and History from 1996 until 2004, serving as chair from 2000 until 2004. He also served as president of the SEJ Historical Society from 1996 until 2000. In addition, he has served on the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church from 2000 until 2008, serving as secretary from 2004 until 2008.
Music is a hobby for the minister. When he served in Spencer, he sang with the Salisbury-Rowan Concert Choir. While in Spindale, he played trombone with the Symphony of Rutherford County and the Ol’ 74 Jazz Band.
Married to the former Janet Best, they have two children, Susanna and Isaac. Janet is active in historical interpretation, serving as program coordinator at Davidson’s Fort in Old Fort and volunteers as a historical interpreter at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia.