Jim was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in a Christian family. He received Christ as his personal Saviour at the age of 10. He graduated cum laude from Michigan State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astrophysics.
Jim met his wife Viki in 1976 soon after she moved to New Jersey from Miami, Florida. They were married in November, 1977, and together raised seven children. Their children have all married, and Jim and Viki have 17 grandchildren so far.
Jim has served as principal and teacher in three Christian schools since 1976. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1980 on the same day that Evangelist John R. Rice graduated to Heaven. He has been an assistant pastor since then, serving in various ministries, including Sunday school, children’s church, soulwinning visitation, bus captain, and choir director. While working at Landmark Baptist Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, he received an honorary doctorate from Northeast Baptist School of Theology.
In 2008, Jim and Viki were called to foreign missions. They served as members of a missions team to Thailand for five years. There they helped the team to plant two thriving churches and saw thousands come to Christ.
Jim and Viki returned to the United States in August, 2013. They settled in north Texas and began attending Grace. Jim was invited to be part of the ministry staff in February, 2014