Rev. James Louden, III is a native of Ninety-Six, South Carolina and is the son of the late Rev. James Louden, Jr. and the late Mrs. Idell Morton Louden. Rev. Louden graduated from Ninety-Six High School in 1976. He obtained his BS Degree in Elementary Education in 1993 from Lander University, Greenwood, South Carolina and a graduate of Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina.
Rev. Louden was licensed to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Greenwood District of the Piedmont Annual Conference in June 1988; local church Mt. Zion AME Church in the Promised Land Community. He has been ordained as both Itinerant Deacon & Elder in the Piedmont Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District.
Rev. Louden has pastored numerous churches including Mt. Zion/Mt Vernon Circuit in the Greenwood District but was later redistricted to the Greenville District, Rockford AMEC in Mount Carmel, and Shiloh AMEC in McCormick.
On November 5, 2011, Rev. Louden was assigned to pastor the church from whence he was sent upon being licensed - Mt. Zion AME Church in the Promised Land Community.
Rev. Louden is married to Mrs. Myra Louden and has 2 daughters.