Paul James-Griffiths was born in Malaysia, but was educated in England where he read Classical Studies and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, and completed his P.G.C.E. at the University of London. He also has a diploma in theology from London City Mission, a B.A. in Ancient History and Classical Studies and a P.G.C.E. He has been living in Edinburgh since 2004.
Paul was converted to Christ out of the New Age in 1982 whilst on a survival trip in the rainforests of Australia. He taught for three years in England and then God called him into full time mission work with London City Mission (1988-2004) where he worked as a church-based evangelist, as the leader of a mission hall, and as a chaplain to the West End in shows like Cats, The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera. He also co-pioneered outreach to New Age festivals and led and trained up teams to reach people involved in New Age spirituality.
Between 2004 and 2014 Paul worked with Edinburgh City Mission and he pioneered the Celtic Tour, the Christian Heritage Centre, Edinburgh Creation Group, and Street Café. Since June 2014 Paul and Isolde James-Griffiths have established an independent charitable company called Christian Heritage Edinburgh (CHE), which will soon be part of an alliance called Christian Heritage International. He also produces evangelistic resources and trains up Christians in practical gospel work. Isolde works with him as his P.A. She is a professional soprano singer and is the Artistic Director for CHE and has pioneered Eternity, a classical music outreach. Paul and Isolde have three grown-up children and a really cute Border collie puppy.