James East is the Senior Minister at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church in Cambridge, England and Baptist Chaplain to the University of Cambridge.
After graduating from Exeter University in 1993, James married Debbie and taught Theology and Physical Education to 11-18 year olds. He never wasted an opportunity to make a joke about training young people, ‘body and soul’.
In 1999, James was appointed as Chaplain and Director of Religious Studies at Wymondham College – Europe’s largest state-run boarding school. This was a period of hard work, joy and blessing. During this ministry, James and Debbie were blessed with three children: Peter, Wilbur and Amelia.
James was called to the East coast of England in 2004, to be the minister of the newly formed Norwich Central Baptist Church. In addition to the regular duties of church leadership, James took on two chaplaincy roles at this time, for a nearby drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre and for the local police force. He made regular appearances on BBC Radio Norfolk.
As of 2014, James has been ministering in Cambridge. He has maintained his chaplaincy work with the local police, alongside his work with the University.
James enjoys preaching and writing. He has published various articles for The Baptist Times and recently completed a book exploring the relationship between preaching and comedy.