James isn’t your typical third generation preacher’s kid from a long line of illustrious preachers. In fact, he’s not the kid you would’ve pointed to in the school yard as “most likely to become a minister”. He was more likely to be the kid in a fight on the playground. James grew up in Sacramento with his three sisters and he lost both parents very early in life. A rough childhood prompted a deep longing… for love, for security, for meaning. James found those things in Christ and His church, and he was baptized at age 14. He was disowned at age 18 by the grandmother who raised him when he revealed that he would be attending college to study religion and enter the ministry full-time.
James holds Master of Ministry and Bachelor of Bible degrees from Freed Hardeman University in Henderson, TN. He began preaching at age 18 for small churches in west Tennessee.
After university, he began preaching at the Jupiter Tequesta Church of Christ, where he was pulpit minister for twelve years. He is currently the family minister at the Woodinville Church of Christ. At Freed Hardeman, James met the woman who would be his wife. He and Lea have one daughter, Windsor. The Mayo family lives in Bothell, WA.
James enjoys reading, writing, running, and cooking. James notes as his life goal being a dedicated minister, husband, and father as he helps point hearts and lives toward Christ.