Dr. James Ovbioise James was born on the 2nd of February 1952. He is the Founder and President of El-Shaddai Covenant Ministries, a Christian Religious Organization established in 1986 but has since grown into a church with global outreach.

A graduate of Quantity Surveying from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from where he also bagged a Master Degree in Building/Construction Management, Dr. James, after a stint as a lecturer in the same university ventured into private practice and established Q-com and Associates, a Quantity Surveying & Estate Management Consultancy Company.

After a successful but brief private practice, Dr James O. James was to answer the ministerial call and started El-Shaddai Covenant Church from his sitting room on October 26, 1986 with only a handful of people. Today the ministry has over 25 branches and has reached thousands of people with the gospel of Christ and raised many successful Pastors who themselves are making waves in Christendom.

Dr. James’ main passion is for marriages and the home.  His in-depth and expository teaching on marriages makes his meetings and crusades crowd pullers. He is also a teacher of the gospel of prosperity through righteousness.

Dr. James preaches the gospel of Christ accompanied with the attendant benevolence that makes Christianity unique. He lives an exemplary lifestyle of humility, benevolence and charity. He is a defender of the downtrodden, and has a ministry to widows and the less privileged. He has granted several scholarships to indigent students and is the promoter of Jim Paul Foundation – an NGO that renders free medical treatment to children especially Orphans and Vulnerable children.

Dr. James is an arid and prolific writer and has published many books amongst which are “4 Things Intending Couples Must Agree On Before Marriage”, “7 Laws of Money”, “The Way of The Rich”, “The Missing Rib”, and “The Seed of Greatness is in You”.

His hobbies include: Reading, Travelling and Sports. He has been married for over 30 years to Dr. Temitayo James, a Medical Doctor by training and they are blessed with 3 Children; 2 Girls and 1 Boy as well as a grandson.


Born on the 30th of June 1956, Dr. Temitayo James nee Kotoye attended Ibadan Practising School for her primary education from 1962 to 1967. For her secondary education, she attended Holy Child College from 1968 to 1972. She was admitted in 1974 into the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated in 1980 as a Medical Doctor. Dr. Temitayo James won the award of the best graduating student in Paediatrics given by the Paediatrics Association of Nigeria, that year.

After her University education, Dr. Temitayo James did her internship in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital from 1980 to 1981 and went for her National Youth Service program and was posted to the Nigerian Army, Rukuba Barracks as a Corps Doctor.

In June 1982, she took up appointment in the Jos University Teaching Hospital and was later posted to the University Health Services Clinic in 1984 before she voluntarily retired as a Principal Medical Officer in 1996.

An avid reader and teacher of the word of God, Dr. Temitayo James combines her pastoral works with her humanitarian mandate. She is the originator of the El-Shaddai Covenant Ministry’s Dorcas Fellowship, a Ministry of Benevolence targeted at women, as well as initiator of the El-Shaddai Covenant Ministry’s Widow’s Initiative that has blessed many widows in Lagos. She also attended the Reproductive Health Course organized by JHPIECO, USA in November 1987.

Married to the General Overseer of El-Shaddai Covenant Ministries and mother of three children and a grandson, Dr. Temitayo James is author of many, yet to be published works including “Happiness Through Fidelity”.