Meet our President & Executive Director

Oscar L. James, PhD
President & Executive Director


The president & Executive Director presides over the Board of Directors and is the chief executive of our organization. Accountable to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for staffing, programs, expansion, and execution of Ahead’s mission. 


Oscar’s own journey and major events of his from Liberia to the United States and back to Liberia, were all part of God’s careful design for his life. His word says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper ou and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11).


In August of 1988, by a miracle of God, Oscar left Liberia for the United States, barely two months before the notorious warlord, Charles Taylor, unleashed a period of tyranny on the nation. Having escaped these atrocities, he knew then and now that his life had a bigger purpose.


Displaced from his homeland, Oscar completed his studies and settled in San Jose, California where he worked as a business professional. He later married to his wife Sophie and together, they are blessed with three children, Leighton, Miles and Sophia-Denise. Corporate America proved to be a blessing to his family but the Lord reminded him continually about the miracle of him being spared the trials of war in Liberia. He openly admits that he always knew God had another plan for his life. Psalm 37 says that the Lord delights in the way of the man whose steps he has made firm. His steps led him to trade in his job for the cause of the cross.


In 2001, Oscar affirmatively answered the call of the lord on his life to minister to the people of his native land, Liberia. He became burdened with the thought that Liberians, after enduring many years of civil war are still at risk of leaving this world to face a Christ-less eternity simply because they had not yet been exposed to the life transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. He set about to preach and share God’s love with everyone ensuring that all people might be saved.


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