Jim is a strategic thinker, developer, and achiever with the heart of a pastor, a love for families and the next generation, and the mind of a ministry engineer.
After initially exploring aerospace engineering, Jim experienced his call to ministry when he was 18 in 1991. He’s been in ministry since the spring of 1992 when he started out part-time with Youth for Christ while going to community college. From there he went on to Oak Hills Christian College where he got married, served as a middle school youth ministry assistant/intern for three years at a local church, and graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies in 1996.
Then he moved on to earn a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN in 2000 while working in local church youth and worship ministries. After nine years there, he transitioned in 2006 to a new church in northern Minnesota and focused on youth ministry for eight years, became Ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church, then served as an associate pastor and led their nextgen staff and ministries to kids, students, and young adults for four more years until 2018.
Then, while in transition between churches, he helped lead the development of a resource initiative for churches in the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination that are engaging in conversations around matters related to people who are LGBT+ called “Embrace.”
He now currently serves as the Family Ministries Pastor at Mountain Park Church in Phoenix, AZ where he oversees ministries to kids, students, young adults, and parents.