Words is the writing,
teaching, and conference ministry of James (Jamie) Lash.
Jamie is the Director of Student Development at Dallas Baptist
University and co-author of the best-selling book, This Was
He conducts "Freedom in Christ" and
"This Was Your Life!" conferences for churches.
Jamie and wife, Marcy, have
three children (Jenna, Jessica, and Timmy). They make their home near Dallas, Texas.
Along with the conference ministry, Life
Giving Words produces books, tapes, CD's, and videos - for real
life change and eternal impact.
If your church would like to host a conference that is Word-based,
practical, powerful, and truly life-changing, please
call1-800-791-1965 or contact us by e-mail.
Born in Connecticut, Jamie Lash grew up as an atheist in
Bethesda, Maryland. When two Christian college students
reached out to him during his freshman year of high school,
he was amazed by their kindness. It was the first time he
had ever heard anyone say it was possible to have a personal relationship
with God. After a spiritual search that lasted nine months,
Jamie accepted Christ and began to grow spiritually.
Despite graduating from high school in the third fifth of
his class, Jamie went off to college with high hopes of
success. He attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania
and met his wife-to-be, Marcy, on the third day. They became
engaged about seven weeks later. His academic experience was
not quite so successful. During the second semester, he
flunked every course except skiing.
He left college and began a housepainting business, but his
business soon started to fail. At this point God began teaching
him two things: 1) to focus on Christ’s adequacy rather than on
his own inadequacy, and 2) to live by the Word of God rather
than by his feelings. The results were dramatic. He returned to
college with diligence and ultimately graduated "magna cum
During their college years, Marcy’s father relocated his
family to Texas, so Jamie and Marcy both transferred to Baylor
University to study economics and math respectively. After
completing undergraduate and masters degrees, both were invited
to join the Baylor faculty. Jamie taught economics and finance
at Baylor for ten years. During his last four years at Baylor,
he received three awards for excellence in teaching (including
Baylor's "Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year" award).
|Jamie says he can still remember his heart pounding during
his senior year of college when he began to sense that God was
calling him into a teaching ministry. For over two decades he
has shared the principles from God’s Word that have changed his
own life. The messages are Word-based, powerful, and practical.
A host of personal
(often humorous) stories form the backdrop. His seminars
were aired on the radio in Dallas and Washington, D.C. for
about six years, and free articles are now available through
the ministry of LifeGivingWords.com.
In 1987 he was so impacted by a video on the Judgment Seat of
Christ that he watched it sixteen times. He spent the next ten
years co-authoring a book with Rick Howard that has become a
bestseller. This Was Your Life! was released in 1998 and
is in its seventh printing; it has also been published in Germany,
Great Britain, and Korea.
Attracted by Dallas Baptist University's mission of developing
servant leaders, Jamie was brought on as Director of Admissions
in 1989. After two years, he moved into his current
position as Director of Student Development. Jamie
teaches Foundations for Excellence, Christian Leadership,
Time Management and a course to help people double their reading
Jamie and Marcy have been married twenty-three years and have
three children: eighteen-year-old Jenna, fifteen-year-old
Jessica, and twelve-year-old Timmy. Marcy homeschools all three
children. The Lashes live in Grand Prairie, Texas and attend
Grace Community Church in Arlington.
During his free time, Jamie enjoys racquetball and soccer, and
coaches his son's soccer team.
"I want to be sure credit is given
where credit is due—and that is to God Himself. Knowing God
personally is the one thing that makes life worth living. He has
not only freed me from numerous forms of bondage; He has given
me a life filled with meaning and fruitfulness. I just want to
glorify His Name and help other people get to know Him better.
That’s my mission."