Joyce James was ordained in August 1971 by Minister Lola Nelson of Word of Life Ministries.
She was publicly ordained and commissioned as an Apostle November 18, 2004, by Doug Stringer of Turning Point Ministries/Somebody Cares Houston.
Timothy was born and raised in Washington D.C., and Joyce was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Their paths crossed at New Day Deliverance Holiness Church in Houston, Texas, and they were married on July 10, 1982.
In June 1989, they founded Total Man Christian Center, their first church plant. Apostle Tim was inspired with this name because of his God-given desire to reach unbelievers with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and along with fellow believers, minister to their whole being--spirit, soul, and body the whole counsel of the word of God (1 Thess.5:23). This is still an important part of his message today.
They were both formally educated in their respective hometowns. They both attended Tyndale Biblical Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. Tim received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Studies in June 1997. Joyce received her bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies (Th. S) with a Minor in Biblical Counseling in June 1998.
From 1997 – 1999 Tim served as co-coordinator with Eddie Smith of the then U.S. Prayer Track, now U.S. Prayer Center facilitating and coordinating prayer initiatives throughout the nation. Tim and Joyce served on the Board of Pray Texas founded by John and Alice Patterson facilitating prayer throughout the state of Texas.
Personal accomplishments of Joyce are her books, THE REAL DEAL, SO MUCH PAIN, and CRAZY CHRISTIANS. She also established Achor Christian Counseling Center in November 1997.
Tim was a member of America’s National Prayer Committee in 1997, and a member of Mission America, a national network of Christian churches and para-church ministries that networked to facilitate prayer and other spiritual and natural initiatives for the reformation of America in all spheres of life. He has authored articles in Pray! and Charisma Magazines, related to prayer, fasting, and racial reconciliation respectively. Tim and Joyce traveled ministering racial and gender reconciliation to many around the country in churches, other venues, and on the college campus of Sam Houston State University.
They have traveled to all fifty (50) states of the U.S. They traveled to Kenya in 2011 and 2013 where they built a water well and supported an orphanage in the town of Kakamega. Joyce was a member of a prayer team that went to Nigeria to participate in corporate prayer for that nation in the cities of Lagos and Port Harcourt. They both traveled to Argentina to participate in corporate prayer for that nation.
It was also in 2013 that they founded Blessed Assurance Christian Assembly, there second church plant. God inspired Tim with the name to remind us that our salvation is assured by Him in His word.
Tim and Joyce continue to enjoy God, family, the work of the ministry and travel. They have three children, 7 grand-children, and 2 great-grandchildren.