About James Evans

I am an imperfect, hard-headed follower of Jesus Christ and an adventurer, backpacker, paddler, climber, former college teacher, published writer, leadership developer, nonprofit leader, marathon runner, wilderness wanderer, entrepreneur, mentor, persistent husband and father, Eagle Scout.

25 Years ~ March 15, 2018

I find myself a little overwhelmed.

March 15, 1993 ‘it’ began. When ‘it’ started, ‘it’ didn’t have a name. Over the next year a name was determined, corporation papers submitted, excess medical coverage for participants obtained, nonprofit status applied for and gained.

Why is BENCHMARK called BENCHMARK Adventure Ministries? It’s not because I think we’re the benchmark standard. Learn about our […]

By |March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Start Again

December is time for personal evaluation. January is for fresh implementation. I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions. I prefer regular evaluation and direction correction.

January started well with a renewed commitment to personal, spiritual journaling. I began training as scheduled on December 26 for my 19th 26.2-mile marathon and that continued. Though I’ve been reading Philippians for years, I […]

By |February 17th, 2018|0 Comments


Recently in a church related round table discussion we were asked to share our favorite Christmas tradition. Most around the table were much more thoughtful than I. I had my mind on the purpose of the informational meeting and those people sitting at my table. And…not much further.

I don’t always think well on my feet.

I gave some yammering, lame response […]

By |December 24th, 2017|2 Comments

Cannot be explained medically

For those who may not know, a BENCHMARK champion collapsed from a heart attack on February 15 while on training run for his first United States Marathon.

First of all, for those on BENCHMARK’s Prayer Team who have been praying..thank you. Really, thank you.

I’ve been slow to send this update becasue, 1. I’ve been trying to catch up on my […]

By |March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

I Remember You

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ […]

By |November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Reflection, help to find the pearls of life

As a teacher I create active learning experiences. While I like adventure I like even more the pearls of life that can be found as a part of an adventure.

Finding those pearls of life and learning from adventure, or any other part of life for that matter, doesn’t just happen.

I’ve often said, “As good Americans we move from one […]

By |July 16th, 2015|0 Comments

16th Marathon, Still Learning from Doing

Much of my life of ministry revolves around learning from doing. It’s something I’m practicing and still learning. More and more I understand how important it is. Doing and then learning from it is critical to growth. It’s the idea of action / reflection.

I’ve done some things but didn’t well learn lessons I would have benefited from learning. I […]

By |May 14th, 2015|0 Comments


I plan to run another marathon this Saturday.

Last year was my 15th Country Music Marathon here in Nashville, TN. It’s the only marathon I’ve ran and am one of only 38 who has ran all fifteen.  Only ~8 people have ran the full each year.

As my fellow 15-year runner and 16th year registrant Larry Epps puts it, “I sometimes […]

By |April 19th, 2015|4 Comments

Happy Easter. He’s Alive.

Happy Easter.  He’s Alive.

But please allow me to digress for a few minutes.

I needed a haircut this week. And it wasn’t because Easter is approaching and I need to look good on stage.  The two men ahead of me at the barbershop did want haircuts for that reason, and it’s a good enough reason to get a haircut. But […]

By |April 5th, 2015|0 Comments

I Need Benchmark More Than Benchmark Needs Me

A Guest Post By Jessica Folsom (pictured above in red jacket)

On a scale of 1-10, I’d like to pride myself on being an eight when it comes to being fiercely independent.  If I can figure out a way of accomplishing a task without asking anyone for help, I’ll do it.  However, the older I’ve become, experience has taught me […]

By |February 12th, 2015|1 Comment