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Presiding Elder, St. Louis District


Rev. Janci Finkley is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.  He is the eldest son of Brenda and James Finkley.   Upon graduating from Phillips High School of Birmingham, he attended Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi.  At Alcorn, he lettered in football and received numerous awards.  It was also there in Lorman, Rev. Finkley accepted his call to ministry in 1991.  He was assigned to West Princeton CME Church of Birmingham by Bishop Bass in 1994.  As a bi-vocational pastor, he served several congregations:

  • Layman Chapel CME 1995-2003

  • Shady Grove CME 2003-2009

  • Hills Chapel CME 2009-2010

  • Brown Memorial CME 2010-2014



Always aspiring to be the very best, he continued his education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham earning both his Masters and Education Specialist degrees.  After working in education in several capacities ranging from football coach to elementary school principal and also thirteen years of successful pastoring, Rev. Finkley pursued a Masters of Divinity at Phillips School of Theology at the ITC.  He graduated with highest honors in the historical class of 2010.


Upon graduation, Rev. Finkley was assigned by the illustrious 58th Bishop of the CME Church, The Right Rev. Sylvester Williams, Sr., to serve at the Brown Memorial CME Church in Louisville, KY. After four years of labor and love in Louisville, Rev. Finkley was assigned Presiding Elder of the St. Louis District and Pastor of the Coleman-Wright CME Church in St. Louis, MO.


He shares his ministry with his lovely wife Monica and their children Jarrick, Jalin, Janci Jr., and Jancia.

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