Avid jogger and bowling enthusiast are a few of the benefits James now pursues since retiring from the navy; a career that spanned almost three decades, and took him to five of the seven continents of the world.
When asked if there was one place that he considered the most exotic, he replied, “Enewetak Atoll. It was remote, almost isolated and formed a large coral atoll of 40 islands in the Pacific Ocean.” James is founder and senior pastor of the Pilgrim Outreach Ministries.
James credits his high school history teacher for sowing the seeds that would one day lead him to the status of published author. “I remember a slight twinkle in her eye while we talked.” “James,” she said, “The road to becoming a successful author is never one of ease; however, with hard work, sacrifice and a bit of luck, you have a good shot at joining those ranks.”
After duty stations in California, the Philippines and Italy, it wasn’t until 2002 that James finally decided to write his first novel, GrandMamma’s Prayers. “My most memorable work,” he would later say. “Once the writing bug bit me, it has been off to the races these past 14 years!”
Although being in the navy took him all over the globe, James admits that without his wife Cecilia faithfully keeping the “home fires” burning, he would have quit a long time ago. “Just knowing that she ‘had my back’ in every conceivable instance made life that much better.”
The Langston’s have been married for more than 38 years and have six children and fourteen grandchildren. They live overseas in Italy.