James Payne

Missionary to Ukraine



“I was brought up in a Christian family but I didn’t fully understand the importance of the gospel until a youth camp. There I gave my life to Lord. I could always relate through worship to the God I’ve been always taught about. My father has been a great role model being a Worship Leader. I felt like I was called to worship lead as well so I started serving in different places and here I am today!I have been the Worship Leader of Calvary Chapel 11th District in Budapest, Hungary, for 2 years since I was 17 years old. I felt the calling of the Lord to worship and it has been a huge blessing and a very humbling experience to see people saved. I have always felt that my calling is outside the church with street evangelism and music.”James has lead worship since 2013 joining a worship band that have helped small churches around Hungary. In 2015, he accepted the role at Calvary Chapel 11th District in Budapest, Hungary, as their regular worship leader leading in Hungarian and English. In partnership with the Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe’s summer evangelism program, A Vision for Life (AVFL), James lead worship at their General Leadership Submit (GLS).

James joined A Jesus Mission’s rock and roll band, Final Greetings in 2018 and served as Lead Vocalist and Rhythm Guitarist until 2023. James now serves alongside the AJM Ukraine team, delivering aid to areas most affected by the war.