Reverend James is known as God’s miracle child for the many obstacles he has overcome with his faith in God through the power of the Holy Spirit. In the 90’s he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. During that time his Pastor, Reverend Charles F. Bennett, asked him to pray about becoming a Deacon. He did not accept this title lightly and did not immediately accept the position because he took the qualifications so seriously. When Pastor Bennett asked him the second time he accepted and served as a Deacon eighteen years, six years as Secretary of the Board.
While a Deacon he was offered the position of Caretaker of the Church and grounds by Pastor Bennett. He accepted and lived on the church campus nine years with his wife. There they taught Bible Study classes and were frequently requested for Christian counseling . He feels that all of this was an act of God to prepare them for the journey to come.