James Borishade

Circle Urban Ministries' Executive Director and CEO

For more than 15 years James Borishade has inspired thousands of believers to develop a closer relationship with Christ, through his practical-style Bible studies.  In 1996, James Borishade started his first Bible study on the campus of Northern Illinois University. College students from all over heard about the easy to understand format and began filling the student center cafe every Tuesday night.  After graduation, with the support of his family and friends, Mr. Borishade founded Planted Life Ministries and The Email Bible Study.

The first Email Bible study was held in 2001, and in just eight short years, the Bible study reaches over 3000 individuals and families worldwide each week.  James Borishade is a Shepherd with a mission to help people live fully committed lives for Christ. His teachings focus on empowering believers to develop a closer walk with Christ and inspiring them to impact the world around them as individuals, workers, consumers and community members.

Prior to his role with Circle Urban Ministries, Mr. Borishade served in various leadership capacities with national non-profit organizations – including serving as the CEO of the Association for Challenge Course Technology.  As ACCT’s Chief Executive James worked to preserve and promote the vital role experiential education played in personal and professional development.   As a result, he was called upon to helped draft legislation a number of states including Hawaii, Illinois, West Virginia, Colorado and New York.

Prior to ACCT, James served as the Executive Director of Jumpstart for Young Children, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

A gifted leader and motivational speaker Mr. Borishade was responsible for over 3000 students, 17 university chapters, 700 college mentors, more than 30 managers and 7 direct leaders – spanning across 7 states.  His career path has been featured in, “Careers in Child Development” (an Allyn and Bacon Product.  Pearson Education 2008.)

Today, his messages reach over 20 countries including South Africa, India, Cuba, Tanzania, Thailand and the United Kingdom. Mr. Borishade holds a degree in Sociology from Northern Illinois University and is an active member of the Public Awareness Committee of the Illinois Early Learning Council.

Mr. Borishade is the proud father to his precious daughter Jasmine and gifted sons Emmanuel and Joshua.

To invite Mr. Borishade to speak at your church, conference, workshop or other event please send an email to jamesb(AT)circleurban.org.  Mr. Borishade prides himself on personally responding to emails.  Mr. Borishade may also be reached at 773-991-1446.


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