Hi, I am James Tower the pastor at College Avenue Friends Church. I like to describe the ways Christ has been working in my life by saying that He has been creating in me the heart of a pastor, the mind of a scholar, and the zeal of a missionary. God has changed my life dramatically: my spiritual journey began from ground zero as an atheist, now I am called to be a pastor. I was once enslaved by an addiction to drugs, now I am finishing up my 16th year of freedom. I was once a high school dropout who cared little about my life, now I am a child of God who recently finished a master's degree. My life is a testimony to the power of the gospel. The same power that raised Christ from the dead has brought me back from the brink of death, into new life in Him.

I am a creative person called to pastoral ministry, spiritual direction and discipleship. I enjoy preaching Christ-centered, biblical messages, generally in series' through biblical books. I have a love for revealing the historical and doctrinal context from which the biblical text arises, and connecting its redemptive message to life today. 
 

 
Most good things have been said far too many times and just need to be lived.
— Shane Claiborne

I love “conversations of consequence” with people who are willing to wrestle through the deeper truths and messiness of life. I have found God in my brokenness, and He has shown me how to use that personal knowledge to work toward healing and reconciliation with others. I love the outdoors, camping and recreation, an eclectic blend of music and arts, and creativity in general. I love being a father and spending time with my wonderful wife and family. I love good coffee, cowboy boots, tinkering in the wood shop and working with my hands, reading, and writing. I am passionate about expressing my faith in Jesus, and allowing God to transform every area of my life and every decision I make. Together with my wife Liz and daughters Sophie and Greta, we have journeyed from Oregon to partner with God in His vision for the lovely community of Oskaloosa. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story!

Agape,

James

 

Education:

  • Master of Divinity (Biblical Studies Concentration), George Fox Evangelical Seminary, 2016.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Barclay College, 2011.