Sam James for 54 years has served with the International Mission Board in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He has been a church planter, administrator, trainer, and missionary statesman in troubled areas. He has been a speaker for retreats and conferences for multiple mission organizations in 115 countries. Sam and Rachel are parents of four children, two of whom have served on the mission field. His master of theology degree is in New Testament Interpretation and his doctoral degree is in Pastoral Care and Counseling. His family lived and served in Vietnam during the entire war, 1962-1975. He served extensively in Vietnam from1991-2017, and worked in all the countries of East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.