The May Family
James grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and received a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, he completed a graduate program in Helsinki, Finland. While there, he assisted at an orphanage in St. Petersburg, Russia which ultimately lead him to attend Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Upon graduation, he received a call to Burkina Faso and Togo in West Africa where he was tasked with planting Lutheran Churches. In 2009 he accepted a call to work with Dr. Anssi Simojoki and Lutherans In Africa. After Dr. Simojoki retired, James became the director of Lutherans In Africa.
Tiina grew up in Mikkeli, Finland and studied education at the University of Jyväskylä. Tiina met James while studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece and has been by his side ever since. They have six children; Maggie, Tristan, Sarai, Sofi, Jonas, and Matthew.