about james sanderson

Bible Study

My mother and grandmother brought me up in and around the church. At age 12, I committed my life to God, was baptized into Christ and became a Christian. Five years later, I took a leave of absence from God for almost 13 years. It was a miserable place to be! Because of God’s mercy, He put me in the “pig pen” of life (Daniel 4 and Luke 15). I sure am glad that God makes sin hurt!!!


After the pain of being away from my Father for so long, I decided to return to the Lord. I was so overwhelmed with gratitude that the Lord would take me back, I decided I wanted to teach others about God’s wonderful love. To help me accomplish that objective, I took two years of Bible at Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas. While in Lubbock, I had the privilege of being the associate minister at the Northside church of Christ. After my training was completed, my family and I returned to Michigan where I was a full-time minister for the Beulah church of Christ in Beulah, Michigan, for just over ten years and then spent another five years at the Center Road church of Christ in Saginaw, Michigan. Patty and I have since relocated and I now am working with the Southern Oaks church of Christ in Chickasha, Oklahoma, where I am their full-time evangelist and outreach minister.


In addition to this training and experience, I believe what best qualifies me to write this workbook on saving souls is the time spent with everyday people. Whether sitting down with my family, having discussions within local businesses, talking with people on the street corners and in the local jail or holding studies with almost every denominational preacher in the areas that I have lived, I believe these valuable experiences help me better understand where people are and make me familiar with what people are asking today about God and His word.


I have been wonderfully married for over 28 years to my closest friend, Patty. We have two beautiful children, Jessica and Jill, two wonderful sons-in-law, Kelly and Philip, and two lovely granddaughters, Roxy Mae (Miss Mae Mae) and Riley Grace.