Bradford was elected general secretary of the Assemblies of God by the Executive Presbytery in February 2009. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and the Executive Presbytery. As general secretary, Bradford oversees the credentialing of ministers, church chartering, the collection of official statistics, and the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center.
Prior to his election as general secretary, Bradford served as senior pastor of Central Assembly in Springfield, Mo. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota. As a student he led a small Chi Alpha campus Bible study that eventually grew into a university church. Upon graduation in 1979, Jim stepped into full-time ministry with that campus outreach. In 1988, Jim and his family moved to southern California where he pastored Newport-Mesa Christian Center in the heart of Orange County.
Twelve years later, he transitioned to Vancouver, B.C., to pastor Broadway Church. It was in 2003 that Jim and his family moved to Springfield to assume the pastorate of Central Assembly.
Bradford has also served on a variety of executive boards including that of Vanguard University, the Southern California District Executive Presbytery, and the General Presbytery of the Assemblies of God.
Bradford and his wife, Sandi, have two daughters.