January 12, 1912, Belfast, Ireland.

April 22, 1987, Ridgecrest, North Carolina.

Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo, California.


James was the son of Will­iam Stew­art Orr and Rose Wright, and husband of Ivy Mur­i­el Car­ol Carl­son (married 1937).

He was ordained an American Bap­tist minister in 1940, attended Northwestern University, Evans­ton, Il­li­nois (MA 1941), and Northern Baptist Seminary (ThD 1943).

He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific in World War II.

After the war, he continued his schooling, attending Ox­ford University (PhD 1948) and the University of Cal­i­fornia at Los An­ge­les (EdD 1971). He also received honorary degrees from an In­di­an seminary and the University of South Afr­i­ca. In 1967 he became a professor in the School of World Missions at Ful­ler Theological Seminary, Pas­a­de­na, Cal­i­for­nia. He wrote at least six hymns, and a number of books, including:

  1. Search Me, O God