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Pastor Jim grew up in Elkhart, IN and was a member of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. He earned an Engineering degree from Purdue University and spent 15 years in the construction industry, including two years in Egypt, prior to discerning a call to ordained ministry.

Pastor Jim attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary earning a Master of Divinity degree and being awarded the senior award for Excellence in Preaching.  He was ordained in 2003 and served his first call with the people of St John’s Lutheran church in Nappanee, IN.  His second call was at New Hope Lutheran Church in Monticello, IN.  He has also completed interim ministries at Faith Lutheran in Goshen, IN, Purdue Lutheran Ministry in West Lafayette, IN, Trinity Lutheran in Lebanon, IN and Bethlehem in Indianapolis, IN.

Pastor Jim’s hobbies include woodworking, gardening (aka feeding the rabbits), genealogy, home renovation and playing guitar.  When not under call as an interim pastor, Pastor Jim spends his days renovating houses to flip or offer as rentals.   He started a small cabinet shop as friends insisted on paying for the woodworking projects he made for them.  Pastor Jim enjoys listening to Classic Rock and fancies himself a blues rocker (which he also confesses he is not).

Pastor Jim and his wife Kathy live in West Lafayette, two miles from Purdue’s campus.  Kathy is a CPA and works for a Cancer Research Firm located at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, IN.  High School Sweethearts, they were married while in Egypt and have four adult children and four grandchildren.  His grandchildren think his job is to make them things… a vocation he embraces with gusto.