Ruling Elder James Ware was born in Dothan, Alabama. He is the eldest of seven siblings, born to Thomas and Betty Ware. His father relocated the family to Groveland, Florida where he was raised mostly as a Floridian.
His father, who was an elder in Church of God by Faith, was the first in shaping and molding Ruling Elder Ware’s life as a person. That upbringing set him on the path to someday, preach and teach in the Kingdom of God.
Upon graduating from high school, he met a friend named Gwendolyn Cooper who later became his wife and is currently his mate of 41 years. They are the parents of three sons and one daughter.
After several encounters and numerous discussions with God, he accepted the call to ministry and began preaching in 1975. He was ordained a minister in Church of God by Faith in 1989 and continued to be a student of the Word of God. In 1995, at the hand of God and the Executive Council, he accepted the charge of presiding Elder of the Ocala District where he currently serves as the Pastor of Greater Macedonia Church of God by Faith. In 2012 he was appointed to the Executive Council as Ruling Elder under Bishop James E. McKnight, Sr.
Ruling Elder Ware has planted one church in his ministry, Brooksville Church of God by Faith in Brooksville, Florida. The Lord blessed him to open the way for the work in Converse, Texas. His desire is to see the growth of our church in the continuation of new church planting.