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