Jim Little graduated from Purdue University, with majors in economics and psychology. He was a partner in Campbell and Company, a money management firm, specializing in alternative investments such as managed futures and hedge funds. He has taught Bible Studies at his work, churches, and home for several decades. He has served on the National Board of Youth for Christ, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as well as on several local boards for Young Life. He is currently serving on the development committee of Southern Evangelical Seminary.