Pastor James was born and raised in middle Georgia. At the age of twelve during Vacation Bible School, he trusted the Lord Jesus Christ to save him from the punishment of his sins. In September of 1989, he surrendered the leadership of his life to the Lord. After graduating from Bible College in North Carolina he accepted an assistant pastoral position, then in 1996 God lead him to become the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Belvidere, New Jersey where he is currently pastoring. Pastor Sipes married his college sweetheart, and the Lord has blessed them with five children.