James came to know Christ at the age of 22 in 1961 in Atlanta, Georgia; Dawn was saved in 1956 as a teenager. They were married in 1963, and one year later they graduated together from Immanuel Baptist College in Atlanta in 1964.
James spent 10 weeks in the West Indies working with Calvary Baptist Missions in 1962. The Lord used this experience to draw his heart towards missions. He and Dawn surrendered to missions in 1968 and were approved as missionaries with Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI), in November of that same year. They started deputation in February 1969 and left for the mission field in March 1970.
The Daleys spent a year in Australia waiting for their visas to Indonesia. James helped Michael Marsh start Calvary Baptist Church in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Then in March 1971 James and Dawn arrived by ship in Indonesia. They spent the next 41 years reaching the people of Indonesia for the Lord. Twelve churches were established and those churches have started at least 25 other churches. Having obtained a Masters and Doctorate in Theology, Brother Daley was able to start a seminary program in their Bible college. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses during their ministry in Indonesia.
Due to health issues, the Daleys are no longer able to minister overseas in Indonesia; however, they are still active in service while in the United States. Their knowledge of the language and culture has made them very effective in teaching and preaching to the Indonesian people in the States. Brother Daley is still helping train the next generation; James teaches through an extension of Immanuel Baptist College and Seminary. The extension is in their home church, Calvary Baptist Church in Powder Springs, Georgia.
James and Dawn Daley have faithfully served the Lord in Indonesia since 1971. They have poured their lives into communicating the Good News of Jesus Christ to the Indonesian people on the foreign field and here at home.