Bishop James Neaul Haynes (1932–present), the sixth child of the late Bishop F. L. Haynes and Mrs. Ola Mae Haynes, was born in Denton, Texas. He matriculated at the Denton Independent School District, graduating from Fred Moore High School with valedictorian honors. He then attended the University of Denver in Colorado, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating, he attended the Dallas Theological Seminary and he received a Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1986.
Haynes began to preach the gospel in 1949, and was licensed as an elder in 1952 at the Open Door Church of God in Christ. He went on to become the pastor of that church. In 1962, he moved to St. Emmanuel COGIC. He also served as pastor at: Jackson Memorial COGIC, Wheatley COGIC, Haynes Chapel COGIC (which was named after his father, Bishop F. L. Haynes), and lastly Saintsville Sanctuary COGIC in Dallas, Texas. In 1967, he became a superintendent in the COGIC and was elevated to the office of Bishop of the Texas Northeast Jurisdiction in 1978.
After becoming a bishop, he was appointed to the National Trustee Board of the denomination. In 1984, Bishop Haynes was appointed to the General Board of the denomination. In 1997, he became the Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ serving under Presiding Bishops Chandler D. Owens , Gilbert E. Patterson , and most recently Charles E. Blake . In 2008, Bishop Haynes was not reappointed to the office of Second Assistant Presiding Bishop; however, he remained a General Board member. He officially retired from the General Board in November of 2012, and was declared an emeritus member of the General Board by Bishop Charles E. Blake on November 12, 2012.
Bishop Haynes is currently married to Vivian King Haynes. From this marriage they had two children: Pia and Vrai Haynes. They also have two sons-in-law: Reginald Williams and William C. Morris. Bishop Haynes now has four grandchildren.