Dr. James Wagstaff

Dr. James Wagstaff

Lead Pastor

James has served as NMC’s Lead Pastor and as an elder since 2006. James and his wife Cindy have been married for 25 years and have three high-school- and college-age children: Gabby, Joshua, and Maddie. Their household also includes a menagerie of pets that currently include Charlie (their Pekingese puppy), Smudge (a cat who loves to go on long walks), and Marius (a very large, house-trained French lop rabbit).

James grew up just outside London, England, while Cindy is originally from the Bay Area. They met in New York, lived in Houston, and moved to the mountains of Colorado in 1999. It is a long story…

Education and learning are important parts of James’ life. He holds a BA in Media and Print Journalism from the University of Westminster (London), an MA in Leadership and Education from the University of Colorado, and a Doctor of Ministry in Healthy Church and Leadership Development from Gateway Seminary. James also has a passion for local and overseas missions, and has led many teams to Thailand, Kenya, Tanzania, India, and his home country of England over the past 20 years. James serves on the leadership team of New Hope Initiative.

When it comes to teaching, James loves to share God’s Word and apply its timeless truths to current culture and life. He touches different learning styles by infusing media, props, and object lessons in each message, and when appropriate, infuses a little humor.

James is very excited about North Metro’s vision to be a community hub. Being involved in a church that uses its facilities to reach the local community while developing sustainable solutions for long-term ministry is a personal passion. His current focus is developing a discipleship training process to multiply leaders.

James has written and taught a New Testament survey, edited an Old Testament survey, and authored a Christian theology basics course. One of James’ true loves—behind God, Cindy, and the kids—is football (soccer)…and tennis, golf, and pretty much every sport imaginable—as long as there is a competitive element involved. Cindy is a neo-natal RN and works at a Denver hospital. They both love to read, watch movies, bike and hike whenever possible, and hang out with their kids.