James grew up in western Kentucky and was saved at age 10. Paula grew up in the Memphis, TN area and was saved at age 4. Both grew up in Christian homes. They met at Crichton College in Memphis and were married in 1995. In 1996, they were introduced to Awana at Greenhills Baptist Church in Collierville, TN. James and Paula served in varying capacities at Greenhills for 10 years. In 2004, they attended Discover Awana which started them on the path to becoming Awana Missionaries. James and Paula have served as Awana Missionaries to Oklahoma since July 2006. They have 3 children: Hannah (13), Amanda (5) and Joshua (2).