James has been the Lead Pastor at North Metro Church, Thornton since 2006. James and Cindy have been married for 25 years and have three children: Gabby, Joshua, and Maddie. James grew up near London, England, while Cindy is originally from the Bay Area. They met in New York, lived in Houston, and moved to the mountains of Colorado in 1999. It is a long story…
James loves to teach God’s Word and apply its timeless truths to current culture and life. He attempts to make sure messages are founded upon Biblical truth, are relevant, and touch different learning styles; infusing media, props, and object lessons, songs when appropriate.
Education and learning are an important part of his life. James has a BA in Media and Print Journalism from the University of Westminster (London), an MA in Leadership and Education from the University of Colorado, an M. Div. equivalency from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and is planning on completing a Doctor of Ministry from Gateway Seminary in 2018.
James has a passion for local and international missions, leading teams to Africa (five times), India (twice), Thailand, and his home country of England. James has served on the Executive Board of the Colorado Baptist General Convention, the leadership team of New Hope Initiative, as well as the Ponderosa Management Committee.
James has written and taught a New Testament survey, edited an Old Testament survey specifically for Indian pastors, and has written a book on basic Christianity. James’ true love—behind God, Cindy, and the kids—is football (soccer), tennis, golf, skiing and pretty much every sport imaginable as long as there is a competitive element involved. James completed his first Tough Mudder in 2017 and looks forward to his next adventure, wherever and whatever it may be!
Ponderosa is a special place to James. He has spoken at PEAK Preteen Summer camp many times and is blown away how God uses Ponderosa camp and staff to change and transform lives. He is privileged to Pastor Benchmark in 2020!