Denham ministered in Brigh, Co. Tyrone, 1826-37 and then moved to Great James Street in Londonderry where he served from 1837 to 1870.
He was no sooner installed in Great James Street when he became embroiled in a controversy following 4 sermons preached by the Rev Archibald Boyd against dissenters and Presbyterians in particular. These sermons were later printed in the Londonderry Sentinel. James Denham along with three other ministers felt obliged to reply in a series of sermons which were published shortly afterwards in ‘Presbyterianism Defended’.
Denham was a leading figure in the affairs of Derry Presbytery and in Londonderry City Mission. He became Moderator of the General Synod of Ulster in 1839 at a crucial time of discussions between the Synod of Ulster and the Secession Synod, both of which united to become the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in 1840.
This new publication, No.14 in the PHSI 'Mini Biography' Series, by the Rev Ivor F Smith presents the material under the headings after an introduction - Minister of Brigh, Minister of Great James Street, The Derry Controversy, The Wider Church, and The 1859 Revival. The author delivered the PHSI Lecture on Denham in October 2013.