James D. Spinnati was born in Lima, Ohio, May 25, 1946 to Joseph
and Waneta Spinnati. His grandparents immigrated from Sicily in
1919. James came from a Mafia background. During his younger days,
Dr. Spinnati was a gang member as well as a leader of gangs. As
he grew older, he learned the life that he had lived was without
substance. He sought everyone, except the Lord, for life's true
meaning. Suddenly, his life changed when his wife would not convert
to Catholicism. Because of this event in his life, he began a
search for a church for his wife, not knowing that she was leading
him toward Christ.
his search, he "met" the Word of God and his attitude and ideas
began to change. This led to his conversion from Catholicism in
1980 when he realized you could be "just a Christian." Because
of his encounter with Christ through His word, James is now a
faithful evangelist of Jesus Christ. He has held ministries in
Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. James and his wife Judith reside in
On December 21, 1990, Jim, along with Dave Fagan and Jay Moles,
formed T.N.T. Ministries based in Connersville, Indiana, where
Jim is a director. In 1993, James was named the South Central
Director of the International Bible School, an organization dedicated
to bringing the word of God to the entire world through bible
correspondence courses. He has preached revival meetings in twenty-six
states and has proclaimed the gospel in Australia, Siberia, Russia,
Belarus, the Ukraine, India, Jamaica, Haiti, Bahamas and the United
On a 1992
trip to the former Soviet Union, Jim, along with Richard Merrill,
helped lay the ground work for New Testament Churches in Minsk,
Belarus and Yekatrinberg, Siberia, while strengthening the Church
at Kiev, Ukraine. James and Richard were the first American preachers
to proclaim the gospel in Siberia in over 70 years. Jim's work
through T.N.T. Ministries in Russia has been expanded to include
taking other dedicated evangelists to help spread New Testament
Christianity to the former communist states.
Jim has also been a featured speaker at the National Prayer Clinic,
Centerville Rally, February Gathering, Searching For The Truth,
Standing For The Truth, the Delmarva Family Camp, and numerous
other rallies and camp meetings throughout the country. His sermons
and articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines alike.
His tracts and booklets are staples in many New Testament Churches.
He has also completed a five-part video series on soul winning
entitled "Bee A Soul Winner" that
has been distributed throughout the United States, Australia,
Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Burma, Pakistan, England, and the former
Jim's workbook "Out of the World and into
the Word," a new disciples' training guide, was published.
This booklet is now being used in Jamaica, England, Bahamas, Haiti,
Myanmar, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Australia to train future
church leaders. It has recently been translated into Spanish,
Russian, French and is currently being translated into Spanish.
In October of 1994 Star Publishing Company of Fort Worth, Texas
published his commentary and exposition of the book of Jude entitled
"The State Of The Apostates."
of 1995, Jim graduated from Kentucky Christian Bible College in
Grayson, Kentucky with a Master of Ministry degree. In October
of that same year, Jim completed a study of denominations and
cults entitled "The World Vs. The Word,"
which is available from T.N.T. Ministries. In 1996, James had
his second book "There's A Hireling In The
Parsonage" published. This book contains true stories of
preachers, preacher's wives and their children. May of 1997 saw
the publishing of his third book, "Victory
With A Capital V." In this work, Jim deals with real life
situations in a practical yet spiritual manner to challenge Christians
to walk toward a victorious life in Christ.
fall of 1997, James received his Doctorate of Theology degree
from Southwest Bible College and Seminary. We at T.N.T. are pleased
to announce that Jim completed his doctorate program with a 4.0
grade average. In the fall of 1998, James released part one of
his commentary on the book of Acts titled, "Acting
on Acts." In the spring of 1999, Dr. Spinnati founded the
Sonshine School of Practical Evangelism, of which he is the president.
This new outreach is for the sole purpose of training men to preach
the infallible truths of the Word of God. The school reached a
record attendance in 2001-2002 with 28 students and 2002-2003
looks to be another record breaker. In the 2002-2003 school year,
the attendance reached another record level of 46 students.
Dr. Spinnati is also a professor at Cornerstone Zion International
School of Theology Nassau, Bahamas, West Indies, Jamaican Christian
College and Northeast Bible College and Seminary. In April of
2000, Dr. Spinnati completed part II of his commentary on Acts,
"Acting On Acts," which is now available
from T.N.T. Ministries. His commentary on the book of Matthew,
"The Gospel of the Kingdom," was
published in May of 2000 and is now available in various Christian
book stores or from T.N.T. In May of 2001, Dr. Spinnati published
his commentary on 1 Timothy, "A Letter To
The Evangelist." In May of 2002, Dr. Spinnati's commentary
on Romans, "For I Am Not Ashamed Of The
Gospel" Part I, was published.
Jim currently has two radio programs. One is on the 100,000 watt
voice of Southern Ohio WPAY FM in Portsmouth, Ohio, which can
be heard in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
The other is a daily program called Gospel
Minutes, which has been syndicated and is heard on 36 radio
stations throughout the United States and Australia. Future plans
include revival and evangelistic meetings in Australia, the Bahamas,
Jamaica, Haiti, and Russia along with the release of the second
half of his commentary on the book of Romans, "For
I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel" Part II and the release
of his commentary on II Timothy and Titus entitled, "Letters
To The Evangelist."