James Rainwater is a singer and pastor who served in the Seventh-day Adventist church and is now a pastor in the Brethren in Christ Church. A tenor, he recorded his first CD, Free to Go, in 1998. Three additional CDs - Another Christmas, James Rainwater Gospel Collection, and The Gallery - have been recorded, the last being released in 2008.
Rainwater was one of four children raised by his mother in Fort Smith, Arkansas. An avid basketball player and fan and carefree teenager, he made his first singing debut at age nineteen before a small group of less than sixty at a country jamboree in Jenny Lind, Arkansas. The audience responded warmly and with a request for another song, which he was unable to fulfill since his repertoire included only the one he had just sung.
Shortly after this, Rainwater became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church, serving for sixteen of his nineteen years in the church as a pastor in Missouri, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. In 2007 he left the SDA church and now is senior pastor of the Bethany Church in Thomas, Oklahoma. He completed an M.A. in Ministry Leadership at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. His wife, Aimee, is a kindergarten teacher in Thomas.
Throughout his career, Rainwater’s enthusiasm for Christian living, sense of humor, and ability to communicate through words and music have helped him minister effectively in a worship setting.
Sources: morningsongstore.com biography; jamesrainwater.tv website biography; biography at Thomas, Oklahoma Bethany Church website; Other online sources.