First Presbyterian’s Senior Pastor since 1999, Jim has a passion for sharing Christ with the world. Through his preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and local and global outreach, he seeks to bring His grace to the least, the last, and the lost.
In 2003, he co-founded Tree of Lives, a non-profit group that works in partnership with Nazareth Mission Hospital near Nairobi to serve the poorest of the poor. Tree of Lives supports HIV/AIDS services, food and nutrition counseling, medical and educational funding, and programs designed to strengthen the African family. The organization also operates an orphanage, which provides a loving home to 59 Kenyan children. Jim leads pilgrimages to Kenya three times a year. He has also previously led mission teams in Russia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Sudan.
Since travelling to Lebanon and Syria in 2018, Jim has been in partnership with the Outreach Foundation to build relationships with the leaders and people of the Presbyterian Church in that region. FPC was privileged to host Syria’s senior Presbyterian pastor and his wife during their trip to the U.S. in August of 2018.
Locally, he is most excited by the growth of the Urban Renewal Center, a non-profit created at FPC to bring conciliation and transformation to our community through conversation, education, and relationship-building.
Jim is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Princeton Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sheryl, have three grown sons, Ross, Adam and Zach.