James Edison Tyson, II was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Bishop C. Shawn and Evang. Krista M. Tyson. James was affectionately named after his paternal and sainted Grandfather, The Honorable Bishop James E. Tyson. He received the gift of the Holy Ghost at age eleven and began his preaching ministry at the age of thirteen becoming an example that you are never too young to be used by God.


In 2012, The Lord commissioned James to bring into manifestation a vision that would call this generation back to God. Without question this was a great task, but standing confident on the word of God, the support of his pastor/father, mother, and the call to destiny, he stepped out on faith to produce the Back at One Conference. Through the dynamic teaching, powerful preaching, holistic development, unrestricted worship, and fellowship during Back at One souls have been saved, lives have been changed, many have been delivered from bondage, purpose has been birthed, and world changers have emanated.

James graduated from Youngstown State University in December of 2015 and is degreed with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and a Certificate in Leadership. He continues to uphold the standard and importance of education in the lives of our youth.

On November 7, 2015, Elder Tyson was joined in holy matrimony to his best friend and love of his life, Lady Desiree Tyson. To this union was born two children, Caden Shawn and Kristen Valerie Tyson. Together they strive to be godly examples and win souls for Christ.

In 2017, James released his first book, Treasures of a Worshipper. In this power-packed book, James shares the treasures that have been uncovered to him by his natural father, Bishop C. Shawn Tyson (among others), and treasures that have been discovered by him in his personal life. Uniquely, wisdom is not age-biased. It avails itself to anyone who seeks for it. James believes when there is no acquisition of wisdom, anything connected to you remains impoverished. 

James is a member of Christ Church Apostolic in Indianapolis, IN, where the Pastor is his father, Bishop C. Shawn Tyson. He serves as the Executive Pastor.

James allows his life to reflect the message he preaches and remind us all that we are, as the scripture states in I Peter 2:9, “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people.”