James gave his life to the Lord in 1999, and went to Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, CA, not long after. It was there that he met his wife Larissa, whom he married just after finishing Bible College in 2001. James served at Maranatha Chapel in San Diego for several years before coming on staff in 2005. While on staff at Maranatha he served as the Junior High Pastor, the High School Pastor, and he also taught the Sunday Evening Service. In 2011, James became the Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel Hidden Valley in Escondido, which later changed their name to Revive. He served as the Senior Pastor at Revive until 2017, when he answered the call to come to Calvary Chapel Santee. God has blessed James with a wonderful wife, and four fantastic kids.