Dr. James Saxon

Visiting Lecturer in Practical Theology

  • Practical Theology | Guest Faculty | Atlanta

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University of Alabama, B.A.
Reformed Theological Seminary, M.Div.
Reformed Theological Seminary, D.Min.


Dr. James Saxon is an ordained PCA minister since 1979, who has actively served in the pastorate for the last 33 years. He founded and pastored the Tampa Bay Presbyterian Church, in Tampa, Florida for 20 years and had oversight of the founding of one daughter church, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Brandon, Florida. In addition to being a successful church-planter, James spearheaded the founding of the Southwest Florida Presbytery in the early 1990’s, and then led the effort to host the 2000 General Assembly in Tampa by that Presbytery. He joined the staff of the fast-growing, outreach-minded Church of The Apostles in Atlanta in the fall of 2000. Since coming to Apostles, he has served in a variety of staff roles and has served in the role of Director of ApostlesLife for the last six years. 

He graduated from the RTS Doctor of Ministry program in the spring of 2005, completing his project entitled Empowering the Local Church through Mentoring which featured a practicum that field-tested mentoring seminary students as a part of their theological education. He was motivated to address the topic of mentoring in his project due to the dynamic results he experienced in his long-term Tampa pastorate during which he had the opportunity to test a variety of ministry methodologies ranging from large groups to one-to-one relationships. It was though this experience that he came to understand the unique transformational power of mentoring.

He is the director of the ministry initiative entitled ApostlesLife, the outreach ministry strategy for the next twenty years of the church. He oversees the men’s mentoring ministry track entitled Next Generation - Small Group Mentoring. In addition, James supervises four departments – Children’s, Student, College, and Young Adult ministries. On campus, he sponsors a quarterly Evangelism Roundtable which gathers community ministry leaders involved in soul winning to talk about best practices. Though he is currently involved in outreach ministry, he is a pastor at heart and his life ministry verse is Colossians 1:28, “And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.”

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