James Callen holds his greatest identity in being a follower of Jesus Christ. He is a Bible teacher, soul-winner, and Christian author.
Yet, before James surrendered His life to Christ, it involved overcoming his perception of seeing Christians as a group of hypocrites. While he regularly attended church throughout his childhood and into youth, what he viewed from both church leadership and members caused him to question the authenticity of people calling themselves Christian. To him, it seemed “church people” acted one way inside the doors of the church, but acted like the world outside the walls of the building. So, after high school, James pretty much dismissed the Bible and had little to do with church.
However, after becoming a father of three daughters, James began to contemplate not only his wellbeing but, perhaps even more so, that of his family. It was then that he purposely set out to read and examine the Bible for himself. He approached this search questioning, “Is the Bible true, and is Jesus really the only way to be saved? If so, can there be anything more important in this life? But what if the Bible isn’t true? What if it contains errors? Then, studying the Bible and holding onto what it teaches would be a waste of my time and life would be better spent elsewhere.”
It was through James’ searching the Bible for truth that the Lord revealed himself to James through Scripture. So, in his late twenties, James was convicted by the gospel, surrendered to the lordship of Jesus, and accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.
Since then, God has instilled in James a hunger to study God’s Word and a heart to show Christ’s love. He has a spiritual gift of teaching and a passion for sharing the gospel with a world who desperately need to hear of Jesus’ great love and salvation.
James holds the Bible as the inspired Word of God, indisputable in authority, and the directional book for Christian growth. He teaches Bible study classes, is the author of Grow in the Grace: Spiritual Growth Lessons from Peter’s Walk with Jesus, and is administrator of the Christian blog site ToLiveIsChrist.com, which exists to teach biblical truths and encourage believers to live for Christ. He is able to articulately communicate Scripture in such a way people become more enlightened to its riches and correlate applications for strengthening their daily Christian walk.
Although James is now a Christian author, his work background has been with the U.S. Postal Service, primarily in management positions. However, after a 36-year career with the Postal Service, James felt the Lord calling him to make a life shift and devote himself more to teaching fellow believers and sharing the gospel. So, he retired from a Postmaster position to follow the Lord’s direction.
James and his wife Denise live in Southwest Louisiana, where they attend First Baptist Church of Westlake. They have three daughters, all married to devout Christian men, and they have seven grandchildren.