|About Sam James
|Born in Liberty , North Carolina Sam was educated at Wake Forest University , Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary, with further graduate studies at the University of North Carolina. Sam has
exhibited a lifetime of service to the Lord.
In 1957 he married Rachel Kerr, a native of Durham, North Carolina. They have four children and
Two of their children are now also serving the Lord through the International Mission Board (IMB), one
family in Japan and one family in the United Kingdom .
Sam and Rachel were appointed in March of 1962, by the IMB, to serve in the Republic of South
Vietnam. They were forced to leave in 1975 when communists assumed control of the country.
But Sam didn't go far. He moved only as far as Taipei, Taiwan, where he became Associate Area
Director for East Asia.
In 1980, he returned to the United States in order to work with the architects and leave his indelible
stamp on the philosophy and programs of the Missionary Learning Center in Rockville, Virginia. Yes,
Sam has influenced an entire generation of overseas field personnel in how they are trained and
orientated for cross-cultural work.
In 1985, Sam again returned to the field when he was elected Area Director for East Asia. From his
headquarters in Hong Kong, he directed the work in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and
the beginnings of work in the People's Republic of China.
Seven years later, Sam was elected regional vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and Northern
Africa. As the war in Lebanon was at its height, the war in Serbia/Croatia/Bosnia was raging, and
communism was collapsing throughout Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union the door was opening for
broad new opportunities throughout the region and once again Sam was there to answer the call.
By 1995, the IMB was in the midst of vast organizational changes and Sam was asked to serve as
Vice President for Leadership Development. This included supervising the training programs at the
Learning Center complex, doubling the size of the facilities, and providing supervision for all of the
Board's training programs. In addition, he supervised strategy studies in 70 countries around the
world. During that time he served a key role in the formation of the International Centre for Excellence
In 2001, Sam retired from the staff of the IMB but that did not stop him from serving.... He was
immediately commissioned to serve the Vietnam that he loves once again.
In 2003, numerous tragic deaths in the Middle East precipitated an urgent need for special work
among personnel in these high risk areas. Again Sam was called upon to transfer from Vietnam to the
Middle East to meet the member care needs of the personnel who serve in that region.
Now in 2005, Sam and Rachel are still under commission to the IMB. Although they live in Midlothian,
Virginia, he still makes frequent long duration trips to Northern Africa and the Middle East and Sam
still continues to meet certain needs in Vietnam .
Sam has authored articles in various periodicals and has just completed his first book "Servant on the
Edge of History" which finally puts his vast experience on the mission field on to paper where you can
experience with him how the Lord works throughout the world.
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