James trained as a geography teacher at Bishop Otter College, Chichester. Having taught in West Sussex and the London Borough of Waltham Forest, James worked for Hertfordshire County Council as Adviser for Environmental Education with an additional responsibility for 'international educational projects’ - working with colleagues all over Europe and beyond.

James studied for ordained ministry at
Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served his curacy at St Peter and St James in Hereford, and then as Associate Minister oversaw the ‘Finding Life in the City’ initiative – a bold reordering of St Peter’s, a medieval city centre church. One of the most fulfilling aspects of James’s time in Hereford was engagement with ‘Close House’, an innovative youth project. The family move to London marks a return from five years happy exile in the Welsh Marches. James is married to Gail. Gail and James share a passion for the outdoors and mountains. Three young-adult children continue to keep them both fairly busy!

The family tolerates James's ongoing attempts to restore ‘Peggy’, a 1962 Morris Minor convertible, to her former glory

James’s theological heroes include
Tom Wright, Walter Wink, Dallas Willard, Leslie Newbiggin, Brian McLaren and Rowan Williams.

James is excited by the on-going challenge for All Saints’ to explore what it means to be a servant community, seeking to make known the kingdom of God in Harrow Weald and beyond in the 21st Century, serving the local community of which it is an integral part. He anticipates that there will be many surprises and much excitement in store.