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Dr. James W. Troglen

James TroglenDr. James Troglen came as our pastor in October of 2002 from the First Baptist Church of Haleyville, Alabama. Dr. Troglen is a graduate of Calhoun Community College (A.S.), Athens University (B.A.), The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv.), and the Beason Divinity School of Samford University (DMin.). He has also completed additional study at UAB in the field of Anthropology on a graduate level. He is veteran of the United States Navy having served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Forrestal CVA-59 in engineering. (3MMR).

Dr. Troglen, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, is married to the former Jeannie Ballinger of Valhermoso Springs, Alabama. James and Jeannie were students together at Cotaco High School in Somerville, Alabama. They have two children, Jamison and Jill, who also reside in Wetumpka. Jamison is a PTA at Rehab Associates in Wetumpka. He is married to the former Wendy Livingston of Panama City, Florida. Wendy works at Community Bank in Wetumpka. Jamison and Wendy are the parents of James and Jeannie’s first grandchild, Hoyt Allen Troglen and twin granddaughters Alexis and Liberty. Jill (MBA from UAB) works for the Montgomery Advertiser and is married to Brian Corbin. They are the proud parents of twin girls Asa James and Adeline born June 2010.

James and Jeannie have pastored churches in Alabama and Louisiana for over 36 years. Jeannie sings in the Sanctuary Choir, teaches an adult Sunday School class (Praise Class) and is active in our AWANA ministry.

James is active on several levels of Baptist life having served on various state convention committees and as a member of the Board of Directors of “The Alabama Baptist” our state denominational paper.

Both James and Jeannie enjoy travel, having made 13 trips to Israel and six to Turkey and Greece as well as other parts of the Middle East and Greece. The Troglens have also been part of The Alabama Baptist Convention partnership mission trips to Guatemala and Spain.

Jeannie is employed with the Elmore County School System and enjoys walking and yard work. Dr. Troglen is an active scuba diver holding the skill level of a PADI Dive Master.