James was born in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina.
After a misspent youth, James served the best part of ten and a half years incarcerated in a maximum security institute. At the age of nineteen, he came to know Jesus as Savior and began preaching the Word of God to his fellow inmates.
James also holds a Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. James enjoys reading military themed books, riding motorcycles, exercising and spending time with family.
James, and his wife Esther, moved to Philadelphia, PA in 1994 to plant an inner-city ministry. He has served as Lead Pastor of Northeast Assembly since 2012. Under his leadership, Northeast Assembly continues to grow and new ministries continue to be established.
James and Esther have one son, Bill and they are crazy about their granddaughter “Issa”.