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James Shafto



James and his wife Tonia were married in December 2022 and live in Durham. James started attending Waypoint at its launch, in the fall of 2014. Tonia has been attending since 2021.

James grew up in Burkina Faso, in West Africa. After graduating high school, he attended UNC Chapel Hill and studied middle grades education. Over the next 7 years he taught math at Neal Middle School in Durham. Today James is studying at Southeastern Seminary to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist(LMFT). James'  job at Waypoint is the "Director of local Missions." He is tasked with connecting members to service opportunities in our city, and equipping members for personal ministry in the community.

Hobbies: Camping, Basketball, Buying and selling cars
Books : Anything by Brandon Sanderson; Christian Biographies

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