A Message from our Lead Pastors

John and Debbie Lindell

Dear Student,

Debbie and I are so excited you are considering the fully-accredited JRLC. At James River, we are passionate about raising up a generation of leaders who will impact the world. Our desire is to provide students with a strong, biblical education combined with practical experience in an atmosphere that is conducive to leadership development. We believe God will use this opportunity to strengthen your life and His church.


John and Debbie Lindell

Lead Pastors

JRLC Director Josh Hackworth - Leadership College

JRLC Director

Josh Hackworth

My ultimate desire is to live a life overtaken by Christ. I really do not want you to know who I am, I want you to know Jesus; however, I constantly fight that with my desire to be recognized as present and counted.

I have had the privilege of experiencing an amazing life in Christ.  Not only am I married to the most wonderful and beautiful wife, but I am also a father to four amazing children.  My family reminds me daily how much God loves me and blesses me with a joy filled, abundant life.

God has brought me to JRLC by means of a circuitous route.  I started my education and family in Springfield, Missouri, served as youth and associate pastor in Fairfax, Virginia, lead pastor of a church plant in Columbus, Ohio, and completed my MA in religious studies at MSU back in Springfield, Missouri, where I currently reside with my family.

JRLC Professors

Mark Jenkins, Ph.D.
Hona Amer, MBA
Randy Pearson, M.Div.
Brian Moody, M.Div.
Robert Bartells, Ph.D.
Rebecca Spain, MOL
James Hawkins, M.Ed.
Dara Brannon, M.Ed.

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