James Dixon was born and raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. At the age of 12 years old he gave his life to Christ and joined Tate Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder O. N. Dennis.
After a short tour of duty with the U. S. Army in Vietnam, he returned to Arkansas. In December 1970 he married Gretchel Hamilton. Gretchel was born and raised in the Camden-Stephens, Arkansas area. Gretchel was baptized at an early age in St. James A.M.E. Church in Camden, Arkansas. At the age of 18, Gretchel realized that she had a call on her life to preach the gospel. Gretchel was told that women were not called to preach, but they were called to be a missionary. She never doubted for a minute what God had spoken to her. She held on to that Word until the set time for the manifestation. James and Gretchel moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where they united with Trumpet in Zion International Interdenominational Ministries which is now the Awareness Center International (ACI) under the leadership of Apostle Lawrence E. Braggs. During their time at Trumpet in Zion, GOD began to stir up the gifts and began to manifest what he had spoken in their life several years before.
In 1992, James and Gretchel accepted their call to ministry and hence began their training. On March 28, 1995, James was ordained and licensed by Bishop John H. Harker of Higher Dimensions Ministry of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Apostle Lawrence E. Braggs in a formal ceremony at Trumpet in Zion International Interdenominational Ministries. Gretchel was licensed a short time after the ordination. James and Gretchel served faithfully as part of the core ministerial staff.
Their duties included all the responsibilities associated with being a senior pastor. James was one of the first 12 associate ministers of Trumpet in Zion. During their time at Trumpet in Zion, Gretchel birth Heart to Heart Women's Ministry.
A prophetic word came to James and Gretchel in 1998; that said that they were moving to Texas. Three years later the Word from the Lord manifested. Over the next few years God would begin to speak to James concerning his call to establish a five-fold ministry in Austin, Texas. The Lord birthed through James and Gretchel, Life Changing Ministries International of Austin (LCMI) and Empowerment Faith Christian Center.
On October 2, 2011 Pastor James and Gretchel returned to Little Rock to participate in an Affirmation Service. Chief Apostle Lawrence E. Braggs officially affirmed Pastor James and Gretchel as Apostles by the laying of hands, anointing with oil, and prophetically speaking into their lives Apostles James and Gretchel minister under the unction of the Holy Spirit as the gifts of the Spirit are manifested. They have a mandate from God to bring deliverance to God's people by teaching and preaching the life changing word of God with simplicity, without compromise, and with understanding; so, it can be applied to everyday life in a practical and effectual manner.
Apostle Gretchel firmly believes in empowering God's people; whether it is through the Word of God or teaching them a skill to secure that job. Apostle Gretchel strives to provide the tools necessary to overcome any situation. Pastor James and Gretchel are the parents of two adult sons and the grand-parents of three (3) granddaughters.