Orlando has been blessed with great and godly leadership in the city and the county. In Morphing Orlando, former Chief of Staff to numerous mayors, Randall James, describes the projects and people who had an impact on the growing up of “The City Beautiful.” Bold, nerve-wracking, and even downright hilarious, many of the decisions and events he recounts are not commonly known to even the most avid government observer or newspaper reporter, giving you the inside scoop behind the history of this fascinating city.
Randall James has been privileged to serve thirty-one years in government, including more than twenty-four years with the City of Orlando. In Morphing Orlando, he shares some of the behind the scenes workings that helped transform a small, quiet Florida town into one of the most desired tourist destinations in the world. Beginning each chapter with a guiding verse from Scripture, he gives you an overview of the recent history and growth of the city from a Christian perspective, including how:
? Jesus took a country boy from North Carolina and put him in places of authority and influence
? Projects were prayed over to ensure they would improve quality of life for the people of Orlando
? God’s grace was shown to this thriving metropolitan area.
Randall James served thirty-one years in government, including more than twenty-four years with the City of Orlando. More recently, he was the president of First Orlando Foundation (FOF) and associate pastor of First Baptist Church/Orlando from 1997 to 2003. Born and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, he attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, served in the United States Air Force, and after receiving his Honorable Discharge, married Irma Rowe James. They have been married forty-six years and have one daughter, Lori (husband, Gene Shipley), and two teenage grandchildren, Chase and Hayley. The family resides in Orlando, Florida.