Countdown to Conference

Date Posted: 2/13/2014

The 2014 Conference spotlight turns to woodworker James Ramsey who recently completed liturgical furniture that will be used in worship and special ceremonies during the annual conference.
A mechanical engineering student at University of Texas-Arlington, James is the cousin of D’Andre Johnson of Westbury UMC and the son of a cabinetmaker. “The first piece I made for the Texas Annual Conference was an altar table,” he says, “then a pulpit and baptismal font – all out of black walnut.”
These unique pieces are designed for easy transport and give James the opportunity to create something from start to finish. “I enjoy developing the 3-D drawing and seeing how it all comes together,” he says. “I’ve made a few wrong cuts, but I have always been able to modify the piece to appear that it was meant to be that way. I am happy with the way the antique finish gives these TAC pieces an old world look.”
Since his time is limited between semesters, he has only taken a few special orders thus far. Some of the pieces require the better part of a month to complete. For more information, contact him at