Jim started preaching when he was 17 years old, and became a pastor when he was 18 years old. He has a passion for frontline ministry in the local church and has spent the majority of his ministry working in churches in the West. He continues to serve the local church as opportunities arise.
He is an award winning writer with hundreds of articles in print in 60+ publications including some published by Christianity Today International, Focus on the Family, and LifeWay Christian Resources. He is author, contributor or co-author to more than a dozen books, among his latest is the Broadman & Holman title, Future Church and the LifeWay title Soul Shaping. His sermons and sermon illustrations appear in Bible Software programs like WordSearch and Logos. He is a Premium contributor for sermons.logos.com and operates his own website FreshMinistry.org where he provides ministry resources for church leaders around the world.
Jim and his wife Susan have two sons, two daughter-in-laws and four grandchildren.