After ten years of Civil Engineering, six months as a literature evangelist, and then graduating from Pacific Union College with a Theology major, Pastor Don James entered full time ministry in the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. During the next eighteen years as a pastor, he was fully immersed in giving Bible studies, felt need seminars, and evangelism. For the last three years, he focused on small group ministry, which resulted in doubling church attendance and retaining 98% of the new converts.
In 1990 he accepted a call to the NAD Evangelism Institute to share his experience and teach the concepts of successful small groups in Adventism at the Theological Seminary at Andrews University. During the following years Don received his Doctor of Ministry Degree, and today teaches Small Groups: Accountability Groups, Trimester Groups, and Life Groups at the Theological Seminary and by invitation at various locations across the Division and around the world.
Dr. James has written an Adventist Equipping System, Bible study lessons entitled Jesus Our Savior and Jesus Our Lord and several sets of small group lessons on different topics and books of the Bible. As a certified coach, Dr. James coaches several churches with small groups as well as some church plants. He is in contact with churches within the North American Division, giving encouragement and suggestions on how to implement and strengthen their small group ministries.
Don and his wife, Ruth enjoy working as a ministry team. They have two sons, one daughter and five grandchildren.