James is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and attended Michigan State University where he received a BA in Sociology and his MA in Educational Psychology. He and his wife, Teresa, were led to Peachtree after the death of their son, Mark Anthony Cross, an Atlanta Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on April 23, 2005. James and Teresa have five children, Mark, Rick, Eric, Mikelle, and Bradley. He has served two previous terms on Session and as Clerk of Session. James has participated in mission trips to the Holy Land as well as being part of two mission trips to Kolkata, India with Peachtree’s partner, International Justice Mission. He served several years on the Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship Board, is a member of the Heritage Sunday morning Belong Community, and most recently served on Peachtree’s Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) after the retirement of Dr. Vic Pentz. James retired after serving 22 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and thereafter 12 years as Vice President of Security at AmericasMart-Atlanta. Currently, James is semi-retired and owner of the private investigation firm, James W. Cross & Associates.