A native of Jackson, Mississippi with South Louisiana roots, James grew up in Memphis, Tennessee where he graduated from White Station High School before attending Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He graduated from there with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and later attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he received his Master of Science in Social Work/Evidence-based Interpersonal Practice. James currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona where he works as a licensing specialist for Bethany Ranch Home, a non-profit Christian agency that provides foster homes for adults and children with developmental disabilities. He is a member of North Phoenix Baptist Church where he shares teaching duties for his Sunday School class and a student at Phoenix Seminary where he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Ministry with a concentration in Urban Ministries. James grew up in a Christian home but didn’t become a believer until the age of 19. Life has been a crazy good ride since then with many ups and downs but there has always been an awareness that God is in control. Because of this there is eager anticipation of the trials and blessings that the future holds. He is an avid sports fan, particularly of the LSU Tigers, Atlanta Braves and Memphis Grizzlies and rarely misses an opportunity to cheer them on, whether on TV or in person. When he’s not working, studying, or watching a game he enjoys spending time with his friends, which usually involves hiking, camping or some other outdoor activity, and playing video games.