Jim is a pastor, teacher, and leader. As 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 his mission to to build a stronger church with a louder voice leading people to a better future in Christ.
After initially exploring aerospace engineering, Jim experienced his call to ministry when he was 18 years old in 1991. He’s been in vocational ministry since the spring of 1992 when he started out part-time with Youth for Christ while going to community college. He went on to attend Oak Hills Christian College where he got married, served as a middle school youth ministry assistant/intern for three years at the Covenant Church, and graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies in 1996.
He then earned a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN in 2000 while serving as the youth and worship pastor at Immanuel Church in Forest Lake, MN. After nine years there, he transitioned in 2006 back to the Covenant 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 as well as new connections (first impressions and guest assimilation) for four more years until 2018.
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.”
For two years, Jim and his family lived in Phoenix, AZ where he served for a short time as the Family Ministries Pastor at Mountain Park Church, overseeing ministries to kids, students, young adults, and parents and enjoyed exploring the beautiful state of Arizona.
Currently, Jim is the Lead Pastor at First Covenant, a smaller church in Red Wing, MN. He hopes to return to blogging about his experience in ministry soon.