James grew up in Howland, Maine just north of Bangor. In the fall of 1980 he left Maine to attend college and moved back in 2004 to be the pastor of a church in Farmington. While away he was a pastor in New York City, North Dakota and a Navy Chaplain for eight years. He has earned degrees from the University of Valley Forge, Westminster Theological Seminary, Bangor Theological Seminary and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He serves as an instructor and curriculum writer for the Northern New England District School of Ministry and is an Adjunct Professor with Global University’s Graduate School of Theology. He is employed by Verso Paper Company in Jay, Maine. At Grace Assembly of God, he is the lead Pastor and responsible for the leadership, teaching and preaching ministry of the church.
Dave Simpson grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts which is 10 miles south of Boston. He went to Boston University after high school to Major in Physical Education, but God had other plans for him. He grew up in an evangelical United Presbyterian Church. So, when God called him to become a Minister he also knew he was suppose go to Bible College, which wasn’t the norm for a Presbyterian kid. He eventually went to Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota with his new bride Nancy joining him his last year there. He pastored for 17 years in a church in Hull, Mass, was on the staff of 1st Assembly of God (which is now: Crossroads Community Cathedral) in East Hartford Connecticut and at Mt. Blue Assembly of God in Farmington, Maine (for 10 years). He and Nancy have three boys who were very involved in many activities and sports in the area, and the family decided to stay in Farmington. Dave worked for over 20 years as an Education Technician III at Mt. Blue Middle School and Mt. Blue High School. He coached a variety sports and levels at Mt. Blue Middle & High School, Skowhegan High School. He is presently coaching both boys’ soccer & basketball at Spruce Mountain Middle School in Jay. At Grace Assembly of God serves by preaching once a month and working creatively to help the church grow.