In November 1993, at the age of 18 while in jail, James had a life-changing encounter with Christ, which placed him on a collision course with destiny. From that encounter with Christ, a single focus of reaching, equipping, and connecting people became his sole passion.

Since that time Pastor James has served in ministry in several countries leading tent crusades in Manila, Philippines prior to conducting relief and recovery efforts in New Orleans, Louisiana – USA in the years following Hurricane Katrina. He has pastored in America, Asia, Manila, Taiwan, and still maintains leadership and pastoral connections with these communities around the world.