Jim Massey Jr. was baptized by Gus A. Dunn in 1946. He was a preacher for the churches of Christ.
He attended Harding College. He attended Texas Technological University in 1968, 1969 and was involved in fifteen graduate hours in Greek Classics. He attended Memphis State University in 1965 in nine graduate hours in teaching of English Grammar. He attended Harding Graduate School of Religion in 1964, 65 and in 1968. There he had thirty-eight graduate hours in Textual Theology. He received the Masters of Arts in Textual Theology in 1953. He attended Harding University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1948.
He served churches in Earle, Arkansas from 1952-1953. Then he worked at East Tallassee, Alabama from 1953 to 1957. He later worked with the church in Fort Deposit, Alabama from 1957 to 1959. From 1953 to 1959 Jim taught Greek, English, and Bible at Alabama Christian College in Montgomery, Alabama 1953-1959. He taught at Lubbock Christian University from 1965 to 1974. From Lubbock the family moved to Florence, Alabama where he taught at Heritage Christian University, (then International Bible College) for ten years, 1978-1988. During these years he served in other works, such as Director of Personal Work at Sunset School of Preaching, Personal Work evangelism at Highland Park Church, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Hawk Pride, Tuscumbia, Alabama.
His overseas work included working with his family in Nigeria from 1959 to 1964 and was sponsored by the Port Arthur, Texas church of Christ. He also taught at the West Indies Preaching School in Jamaica for two years, 1974-1976. Then he taught at the school of preaching at Trinidad for two years, 1976-1978. In these foreign efforts he served as director of the schools.
For a number of years he served as director of Bible camps. He did extensive campaign work in the countries of the Caribbean Islands. Numerous campaigns were taken to Guyana, and other Central American nations, and on the African Continent. His final efforts led him to Florida where he worked with the church in Melbourne, primarily with outreach and campaign work and Bible Study. Jim authored many books, tracts, and study guides, having to do with basic Bible study, the Scheme Of Redemption, introduction material on Churches of Christ, and his Departure Series has been used to teach thousands of people God’s plan for salvation.