Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins is pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (USA) in Durham, NC. He was born in Henderson, North Carolina, the son of Elsie L. and the late James P. Hawkins. He is married to Sheinita Hampton Hawkins and they are the parents of two children: Kaela Renee and James Hampton.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies from North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC); a Master of Arts in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Richmond, VA); and a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center/Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (Atlanta, GA).

Rev. Hawkins also serves on the Board of Directors of Durham Congregations In Action and is a trusted and steadfast leader in the NC NAACP.