Introducing Tyler James: Our New Family Pastor

January 9, 2017  |  Stephanie Shumate

Yesterday during service we introduced you to Tyler James, our new family pastor!  We’ve asked Tyler a couple of questions so that you can get to know him more as he begins at Redemption Arcadia.

What are you most excited about in becoming the family pastor at Redemption Arcadia?

Initially it was the role that got me most excited.  I’ve got some history with Redemption and know them to be a great and faithful church.  I saw this role at Arcadia as an extension of a burden God’s been building in my heart over the last few years, and getting the chance to shepherd families through ministry to kids, youth, community, and Sundays is an incredible opportunity.  I think what I’m most excited about now is getting to know the families here, along with their needs.  It’s exciting and humbling to begin equipping parents in their vital role as disciplers in the home, and I can’t wait to get started!

Tell us a little about your family.

Helayna and I have been married five years and we’ve got two kids: Eleanor who’s 4 and Roland who’s 2.  Helayna’s been a source of wisdom and maturity in our family, and I know God has used her to grow those things in me.  She’s the salt to my pepper, the seasoning to my steak, the gravy to my mashed potatoes . . . I must be getting hungry.  Eleanor was born in Flagstaff in the middle of a snowstorm in December of 2012.  She’s full of joy and loves being goofy like her dad.  Roland was born in May 2014 at Cedars Sinai in LA.  He’s a gentle soul, but he’s also a two year old – it’s complicated.  We love exploring the city, going for walks, and watching movies; things most families like to do.


What does a typical Saturday look like for you?

I’m an early riser, so it helps me get some reading time in before the kids wake up.  As much as I’d love to say we hit the hiking trails early and go on grand adventures, most Saturdays right now are spent catching up on household chores from the week; such is life with two little ones.  If I can get some reading in, and some quality time with the kids somehow, I’m a happy man.

What is your favorite book of the Bible?

Usually it’s whatever I’m reading at the moment, which right now happens to be Malachi and Psalms.  I started one of those “read the Bible in a year” things going on three years ago and I’ve made it as far as Malachi.  There’s just so much good stuff in there!  I’m excited to start the New Testament soon.  I’d say the Psalms is the book I’ll turn to most often for wisdom, encouragement, prayer, and praise, so maybe that one’s my favorite.

What three books have had the biggest impact on your life?

I haven’t always been much of a reader, so all of mine will be ones I’ve probably read in the last five years.  Three that come to mind are Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and right now I’m re-reading Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller – it’s pretty impacting.  I like balancing theology books with adventure and a good biography, that way I can read whatever I’m in the mood for.

Metal?  Really?

It’s a dangerous thing, you know?  My brother-in-law started me young and I’ve loved it ever since.  I’m a staunch believer that you can love Jesus and hardcore music.  I’m a purist, though.  I like my metal with little to no singing, technical and fast, with heavy breakdowns.  Eleanor and I enjoy dancing to a good hardcore record together.  I also enjoy most other types of music; a little jazz, blues, indie, and 70s-90s.  Really everything but country (Cody’s got that covered, though).