Jim was born in Minneapolis, moved to Columbia, MO soon after, and moved back to Minneapolis at age 10. He graduated from Minneapolis Roosevelt High School, Grinnell College in Iowa. Jim has lived in Illinois for 27 of the last 31 years, longer than he's been anywhere else. He managed Footlocker and Lady Footlocker stores for 13 years, and was a real estate broker for seven before being called into full-time ministry.
When Jim felt called to ministry, his wife, Cynthia, said the Lord had told her 13 years earlier that he’d be a preacher some day, and she had pondered the secret in her heart. Jim is a fourth-generation pastor, but didn't grow up wanting to "go into the family business." On the other hand, Jim says if God calls, say yes and get after it. His call (in the language of Ephesians 4) is to "equip the saints for the work of ministry." Jim served churches in Cary, Joliet, Libertyville, Grayslake, Harvard and Alden before coming to Cornerstone.
Jim runs and lifts weights, and hope to join a soccer and/or volleyball league. He has more enthusiasm than skill as a handyman. The same could probably be said about playing bass guitar. In fact, the same could be said about most of life – he was marked by his enthusiasm. Jim and Cynthia's young adult children, Curtis and Lauren live with them and bring them great pride and joy.