Juvenile Justice Ministry Chaplain

James Gillespie

By the grace of God, James Gillespie now celebrates over 20 years of sobriety from both drugs and alcohol.  His addiction journey began in his preteen years, leading him to detention and rehabilitation centers throughout his youth and ultimately to homelessness by the age of 22.  God changed his life two years later when James made the decision to live a new sober life in Christ.  Out of this new life grew a desire to help other children realize that they do not need to live life as an addict.  James began mentoring youth with his local church and later became involved with Straight Ahead Ministries where he mentored young men in prison for 4 years. 

After 16 years working in the Aviation industry, James has followed his heart and God’s leading and joined the Denver Area Youth For Christ staff. He also continues to work for Pathfinders Recovery Program as the Care Coordinator, which helps newly recovering addicts get through their first 30, 60, or 90 days of sobriety, leading 12 step recovery groups. 

When he isn’t busy mentoring young people and addicts, James loves music, movies, and spending time with his family.  He and his wife, Carrie, have 5 children together.


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