James read Theology at Queen’s College, Oxford where he developed an interest in liberation theology and pursued this in his graduate studies. He served as a curate on an outer housing estate in Kirkby, Liverpool and was then Team Rector of an inner-city parish in Sheffield where he was also Director of the Cuddesdon urban theology project. He has also served in a suburban setting as a parish priest at St John’s, Ranmoor in Sheffield. Most recently, James has worked as Director for Mission Engagement at the United Society (formerly USPG).
James has taught theology at a variety of levels both in this country and in Guatemala. His particular research interests are in the areas of practical, urban, and political theology.
James is married to Joanne who is Archdeacon of Portsdown in Portsmouth Diocese and has three children and a highly excitable small dog. His interests include art, cooking, and playing the classical guitar.