His Ministry is unique in that he has never pastored in his own church. Since graduating from Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music in 1989, he has had the privilege of holding an interim pastor position for a number of churches in the area. His wife calls him the circuit riding preacher because they go to like faith churches whenever God sends them. Sometimes it's for a week or two and sometimes it's for as long as fifteen months. They live in Elk Rapids so it's special to serve in their home town currently.
Jim grew up on the northeast side of Detroit in Sterling Heights. During that time God's sovereignty placed a college student in my life when I was 16. After a few months of interaction with this college student, it became crystal clear that although I had everything materially to make me happy, I found myself morally and spiritually bankrupt and on a fast track to hell. Fortunately, by God’s grace I repented of my sins and asked Jesus Christ to be my Lord, my God, my King, and my Savior. That was over 50 years ago and today it is fact that: HE has never left nor forsaken me and that HE uses trials and sorrow in life to grow my faith and walk in obedience to Him for the glory of God.
I was happily involved with the Navigator ministry while attending Michigan State University. After graduating I moved to Ann Arbor to begin my career as a golf course superintendent. Diane and I moved from Lakeland to this area in 1978. After being a golf course superintendent for 43 years, I retired in 2019. Diane and I were led to Elk Rapids Bible Church in January 2016 and have enjoyed making new friendships with our brothers in sisters in Christ.