Originally from Alexandria, Louisiana, they came to Kentucky in 1994. Prior to this, Rev. Thornton was at (Tacoma) Fort Lewis, Washington for 8 years, where he recieved a degree in technology from Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington. He and his wife came to Fort Knox where James was stationed at Ireland Army Hospital until his discharge on July 4th, 1996 after spending 15 years as a Medical Specialist , a Neurodiagnostic Technologist specializing in epilepsy monitoring and Polysomnographic Technologist specializing in sleep medicine. Immediately following is when they went into full time ministry.
Rev. Thornton recieved ministerial credentials in 1999, 2004 and his Certificate of Ordination on April 19, 2007.
In 2000, Rev. Thornton became a Kentucky Bible Institute Instructor, with emphasis on Bible Doctrine and the Pauline Epistles.
Rev. and Mrs. Thornton are no strangers to Leitchfield and to Promise Land Church. In 2004, after being elected as Section T Home Missions Director 3 years prior, is when The Thornton's became familiar with and started working with the Home Missions work in Leitchfield.
On April 30, 2006, The Thornton became Assistant Pastor and Wife to Promise Land United Pentecostal Church until their God-Called departure in November 2008. Then God saw fit for them to return with the knowledge and ability to become Pastor and Pastor's Wife of now New Life Apostolic United Pentecostal Church.
Mrs. Thornton has completed, since coming to Kentucky her degree in management with emphasis in Executive Secretary and Administrative Office Management. She has worked in the field of law since graduating. She is currently retired from secular employment and currently works for the church in many administrative areas.
She has worked hard with her husband as Kentucky District Bible Quizzing coordinators as well as coaches. Mrs. Thornton has worked in the Sunday School Department in each church she has been assigned and she has been a Ladies Ministry speaker on several occasions for some of the local churches.