James Coggins grew up in the small town of Waterford, Ontario and earned a B.A. in English and History and an M.A. in History from McMaster University. He moved to British Columbia in 1977, where he earned a Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College. He returned to Ontario in 1980, where he earned a Ph.D in History from the University of Waterloo. He served as associate editor, then editor of Mennonite Brethren Herald magazine for 19 years. He now works as a novelist and freelance editor, writer and speaker. He lives with his wife Jackie and two daughters in Abbotsford.

DATE OF BIRTH: December 20, 1949

PLACE OF BIRTH: Simcoe, Ontario

ARRIVAL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: August 1991 (previously here 1977-1980)

EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Magazine editor for 19 years, now a freelance editor and writer

AWARDS: Five Canadian Church Press Awards and two Evangelical Press Association Awards for magazine editing


Desolation Highway (Moody Publishers, 2004)
Who's Grace? (Moody Publishers, 2004)
John Smyth's Congregation: English Separatism, Mennonite Influence and the Elect Nation (Herald Press, 1991)
Wonders and the Word: An Examination of Issues Raised by John Wimber and the Vineyard Movement, co-edited with Paul G. Hiebert (Kindred Press, 1989)

[BCBW 2004] "Mennonite" "Religion"