James G. Tyler Jr. (President and Chairman of the Board & Director of Fitness and Nutrition) became a licensed minister at age twenty-one under the late Shirley L. Young, Pastor of the Christian Vision Center (COGIC). About the same time, he received a full football scholarship to Virginia Union University, and earned a BA in Religious Studies with a minor in Music.
In college, while pursuing a career in the ministry, James also became an outstanding football player under Coach Wilard Bailey (the winningest coach in the CIAA). He was a four year starter, and became a pre-season All American and All Conference player as a defensive end. He was the recipient of the Charles Wilson Outstanding Player Award in 2000, CIAA player of the week twice and was named player of the month by the Athletes for Jesus Organization.
Several NFL teams including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, and the New York Jets scouted James. Then, he was sidelined with a severe knee injury and was not able to return to NFL form. However, God had a master plan in mind. James played in the Arena Football League (AFL) for the Norfolk Nighthawks and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers. He accepted a contract to play for the Orlando Predators also, but decided to return to Philadelphia to be with his family and ministry.
Led by the Lord, the vision of CAMP was received in 2000, and the seed was planted. Then, while playing in the AFL, James was asked to work with youth groups in academics, self-esteem, fitness, and spiritual relationships with Christ. Thus, the seed began to grow.
When James returned to Philadelphia, he began working again with Christian Vision Center as a Youth Minister. After the death of Pastor Shirley L. Young, the mantle was passed to Maggii Nosirrah with a new vision (Sanctuary of Praise and Worship Church International). Under the new pastor, James was ordained as Youth Pastor and International Minister with the Soul Saving Station Christ Crusaders of America International by Presiding Bishop and General Overseer, Bishop Robert I. Winley and Board. He served as Youth Pastor for the Sanctuary of Praise and Worship International under Pastor Maggii Nosirrah until February 2006. Now he is an active member of New Covenant Church of Philadelphia under Bishop C. Milton Grannam and Pastor Hyacinth Bobb Grannam.
James’ interest in strength training and conditioning began when he was a member of the Roxborough High School football and basketball teams in Philadelphia, PA where he received honors in both sports. Even then, he had the desire to be the best, so he began working out with fitness trainers Kenny Osborne and Bernice Thornton, owners and operators of The Fitness Place.
Then, in his freshman year at Virginia Union University, James trained with the late Paul Jones, the world renowned strength trainer and personal trainer for athletes and actors, and the owner of The Iron House Gym in Richmond, VA. At this time, James received his first certification as a Personal Trainer from the International Sports Science Association (ISSA).
Combining his love for people and his love for exercise, James got a full time position as a Personal Trainer for Bally Total Fitness in 2003 where he became one of the top trainers in the area. There, he also gained experience as a group fitness instructor, and has won accolades for his professionalism, his people skills, his knowledge of anatomy, his guidance in nutrition, and his success with clients as they pursued their individual goals.
Besides being a Personal Trainer, James is also qualified to teach strength training, core conditioning, boot camp, BOSU, kick boxing, Allegro Pilates Reformer, stretch training, nutrition, and weight loss strategies.
As a Personal Trainer, James has worked with radio celebrities such as Power 99's Q Deezy, S Dot and Lady B along with 100.3 the Beat’s, Monie Love, Pooch Man and Laiya.
In the 2006 year James had radio interviews on Power 99 and 100.3 The Beat. He also had television interviews on Channel 6’s VISION about training the elderly, and on Channel 10. In addition, he did an interview and photo shoot for Positive Thinking Magazine, and was an actor/football player in the movie INVINCIBLE with Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear.
Now the tree is ready to blossom. James is combining his skills in the ministry, in athletics, in his love of people, in public relations, in his knowledge of fitness, and in his relationships with young people to lead the efforts to make CAMP a reality and help motivate young people to love the Lord, to fight the enemy of obesity, and to improve their lifestyles.