James Richard Massey
Biographical Sketch On The Life
Of Jim Massey
James Richard Massey was born December 12,
1930 in Tipton, Oklahoma. He was baptized by Gus A. Dunn in 1946. He married
Joyce Brewer in 1954. They had three daughters Carol Lin Holsey,
Bonnie Beth Stephenson, and Anne Marie Diaz. Jim began
preaching in Pontotoc, Mississippi in 1948.
He attended Harding College.
He attended Texas Technological University in 1968, 1969 and was involved in
fifteen graduate hours in Greek Classics. He attended Memphis State University
in 1965 in nine graduate hours in teaching of English Grammar. He attended
Harding Graduate School of Religion in 1964, 65 and in 1968. There he had
thirty-eight graduate hours in Textual Theology. He received the Masters of Arts
in Textual Theology in 1953. He attended Harding University, earning his
Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1948.
served churches in Earle, Arkansas from 1952-1953. Then he worked at East Tallassee,
Alabama from 1953 to 1957. He later worked with the church in Fort Deposit, Alabama
from 1957 to 1959. From 1953 to 1959 Jim taught Greek, English, and Bible at
Alabama Christian College in Montgomery, Alabama 1953-1959. He taught at Lubbock Christian
University from 1965 to 1974. From Lubbock the family moved to Florence, Alabama
where he taught at Heritage Christian University, (then International Bible
College) for ten years, 1978-1988. During these years he served in other works,
such as Director of Personal Work at Sunset School of Preaching, Personal Work
evangelism at Highland Park Church, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Hawk Pride,
work included working with his family in
Nigeria from 1959 to 1964 and was sponsored by the Port Arthur, Texas
church of Christ. He also taught at the West Indies Preaching School in Jamaica
for two years, 1974-1976. Then he taught at the school of preaching at Trinidad
for two years, 1976-1978. In these foreign efforts he served as director of the
For a number of years he served as director of Bible camps. He did
extensive campaign work in the countries of the Caribbean Islands. Numerous campaigns were taken to Guyana, and other Central American
nations, and on the African Continent. His final efforts led him to Florida where he worked with the church in
Melbourne, primarily with outreach and campaign work and Bible Study. Jim authored
many books, tracts, and study guides, having to do with basic Bible study, the Scheme Of Redemption,
introduction material on Churches of Christ, and his Departure Series has been
used to teach thousands of people God's plan for salvation.
At his side every step of the way was Joyce,
and encouraging Jim in his work. Even today she carries on his work in
distributing his printed and taped material. See the site called Printed
Evangelism By Jim Massey.
Jim Massey was a “man of God” in every sense of the phrase. He was a
gospel preacher, teacher, and student. His love and respect for God and truth
have never been surpassed by anyone in my knowledge.
It was my privilege to meet Jim and his wonderful wife Joyce when I
attended International Bible College, now Heritage Christian University, between
1986 and 1989. When I began in the spring of ’86, I had been preaching for
about five years. Though I was entering college to learn, I had an attitude that
doubted seriously if anyone could teach me much more than I already knew. Call
it pride, youth or just ignorance and you would be very close. The first day I
went into Jim’s class on the Overview of the Old Testament, I learned much
about God’s Word and myself. What I found was that I had in my lifetime only
“scratched the surface” of the meanings of the truths found in the Bible.
From that day forward I sought to take every class this man taught. He taught me
and my fellow classmates how to study the Bible.
He was a scholar among scholars. He was an evangelist among evangelists.
He was a teacher among teachers. He was a friend among friends. But the greatest
thing about Jim Massey was that he was a Christian who wanted to be with God in
glory. His favorite verse was, "For it became him, for whom are all things,
and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the
author of their salvation perfect through sufferings." (Hebrews 2:10 ASV) It
was his John 3:16, his "theme" of the Bible in a single verse, and the driving
force in his life.
evangelism. I had the pleasure of working with him on campaigns while a student
at HCU. He led campaigns and helped students with weekly evangelistic
responsibilities. As students we were to do at least two hours of evangelism per
week as part of our requirements. Every Friday morning at chapel, without fail,
Jim would approach the pulpit at the end of chapel and say, "For those who
need to do their two hours of evangelism, meet me at Highland Park Church of
Christ on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm." He would then door-knock in the
area for two hours. He was one of the few people that enjoyed
door-knocking and studying the Bible with the lost more than eating. On
campaigns he would teach evangelistic classes to workers early on the morning,
door-knock until noon, eat, take his daily fifteen-minute nap, then work on more
door-knocking and Bible Studies until bed time. He was literally a walking,
talking, all-consuming, all-inspiring, and all-committed soldier working on
On Sunday, July 16, 1995, Jim died after a hard battle with pancreatic
cancer. He left Joyce, his wonderful Christian wife, behind and entered the
"riches of God's grace." For he "looked for a city
which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God."
- Scott Harp
Directions To The Grave Of James
James Richard Massey is buried in
Memorial Gardens just north of Melbourne, Florida. Travelling north on Hwy.
1 go to 5950 US Highway 1, Rockledge, Florida. The contact phone at the cemetery
From Melbourne: The cemetery is 13.1 miles
north of US192 on US Hwy. 1. on the left.
From Jacksonville: Take I-95 south to Exit
195, Rockledge, and head east to US Hwy. 1. Turn right and the cemetery will be
on the right. From the exit, you are six miles from the cemetery.